Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
Zack is a Floridian who graduated Magna Sum Laude from the University of Florida before interning at the Tampa Bay Times. He's also worked at the Valley News in Lebanon, N.H., and the Gainesville Sun in Florida. He covers courts for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Woodmore bus driver faces additional charges after prosecutors pledge to bring more counts

Published Jul. 26 2017

The bus driver accused of killing six Woodmore Elementary children in November's deadly crash now faces 34 criminal charges a...

Digital system allows Hamilton County residents to review court files from home

Published Jul. 26 2017

Hamilton County residents no longer have to go to certain courts to learn what happens inside them.

Judge sends charges to grand jury in Bar Louie shooting case

Published Jul. 25 2017

In a photo lineup, three eyewitnesses couldn't identify a Chattanooga vape store manager who is charged with attempted murder, defense...

Judge: Officer's trespassing charge to be dismissed on good behavior

Published Jul. 25 2017

A Chattanooga police officer who was arrested in June for allegedly peeking through his ex-wife's window and violating a restraining...

Judge approves extension to resolve case for Chattanooga man accused of shooting cop

Published Jul. 24 2017

Attorneys have until Aug. 29 to finish "significant plea discussions" for a Chattanooga man charged with attempted first-degree murder of...

Prosecutors plan to bring more charges against Woodmore bus driver

Published Jul. 21 2017

Chattanooga prosecutors announced Thursday they plan to seek more criminal charges against Johnthony Walker, the 24-year-old driver who now faces...

Judge amends charges, sends mother to grand jury after child's hot car death

Published Jul. 20 2017

A 24-year-old mother accused of child neglect is heading to the grand jury on reduced charges after a judge's ruling...

Judge sends fatal stabbing case in Highland Park to grand jury

Published Jul. 20 2017

A 57-year-old accused of stabbing a woman to death in a Highland Park apartment and then tampering with the crime...

Attorney says Woodmore bus driver should get alternative sentence

Published Jul. 20 2017

The bus driver charged with six counts of vehicular homicide in the Woodmore crash should be allowed to complete an...

Man indicted in Chattanooga on child pornography charges takes his life before arrest

Published Jul. 19 2017

A man who was recently indicted in Chattanooga's U.S. District Court for possessing child pornography killed himself when authorities went...

Local watchdog group finds red flags concerning Chattanooga police chief finalists

Published Jul. 19 2017

The backgrounds of Chattanooga's three finalists for police chief demonstrate the need for a civilian oversight group to hold law...

Co-conspirators sentenced to 10 years for role in Drug Court graduate's 2016 overdose

Published Jul. 17 2017

Two co-conspirators who agreed to testify for federal prosecutors in a watershed heroin-distribution case were sentenced today for their role...


Chattanooga Police Department fires officer despite domestic assault charge being dropped

Published Jul. 12 2017

The Chattanooga Police Department fired an officer last week who was charged with domestic assault and being separately investigated by...

Judge: Defendant in 2015 Moccasin Bend slaying too 'incompetent' to stand trial

Published Jul. 11 2017

A 39-year-old man who's been hospitalized at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute at least 24 times was deemed "incompetent" to...

Suspect in custody after woman found dead with signs of blunt force trauma

Published Jul. 10 2017

A 29-year-old man is being held on a $1 million bond after police say he beat a woman to death...

Can Robert Doggart afford next legal battle? That question at center of appeal

Published Jul. 7 2017

Robert Doggart, the Tennessee man sentenced to 20 years in prison for soliciting people to attack a Muslim community, is...

Convicted defendant in Rising Fawn mortgage scheme wants sentence tossed out

Published Jul. 6 2017

A former businessman sentenced in 2014 for a mortgage fraud scheme at Rising Fawn, Ga., should have his conviction tossed...

UPDATE: Attorneys appointed for Soddy-Daisy couple in animal cruelty case

Published Jul. 5 2017

The Soddy-Daisy couple charged with 15 counts of aggravated animal abuse were appointed lawyers and given a new court date...

Jurors convict Hixson man of 2015 Soddy-Daisy murder

Published Jul. 1 2017

Hamilton County jurors said a Hixson man didn't just intend to beat Tony Rector when he struck him about 20...

Chad Massengale case heads to jury

Published Jun. 30 2017

Jurors convicted Chad Massengale of first-degree murder in the death of Tony Rector.