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 families protest after school board renews bus company contract [photos]

Published May. 26 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted unanimously to renew a two-year contract with Durham School Services, the Illinois-based corporation...

Hamilton County grand jury to hear murder case involving car crash, corpse in trunk

Published May. 24 2017

A murder case that includes a car crash, an alleged plot to collect insurance money, and a questionable confession is...

Defense wants out-of-town jurors to visit I-75 fatal crash site for upcoming trial

Published May. 23 2017

Public defenders for the truck driver charged with killing six people in an Interstate 75 crash want out-of-town jurors to...

Judge sends charges against man found with body in trunk to grand jury

Published May. 23 2017

Defense attorneys for a 25-year-old man who police found with a dead body in his trunk said today their client...

Man convicted in fatal 2015 shooting vies for new trial on eve of sentencing [video]

Published May. 23 2017

A 20-year-old man convicted in a fatal 2015 shooting that paralyzed a toddler said the week before his sentencing he...

Vice president's mother discusses young Mike Pence and her first time in Chattanooga

Published May. 20 2017

Mike Pence didn't talk until he was 3 years old, when his grandfather taught him to say the phrase "You're...

Soddy-Daisy graveyard stabbing trial bumped to June

Published May. 17 2017

A 31-year-old man who was scheduled for trial Tuesday in Hamilton County Criminal Court instead will face a jury in...

Woodmore families question out-of-town jury, number of charges, Durham contract

Published May. 16 2017

Prosecutors agreed Monday to bring out-of-town jurors to Chattanooga to hear the case of Johnthony Walker, the 24-year-old bus driver...

Out-of-town jurors will decide Johnthony Walker's fate in Woodmore bus crash trial

Published May. 15 2017

A defense attorney for the 24-year-old bus driver in the Woodmore case said today she is looking for a county...

Circuit Court Judge Neil Thomas discusses career, future plans in interview

Published May. 12 2017

Attorney Neil Thomas was working on a legal brief in 1997 when his secretary said then-Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist was...

Judge Neil Thomas resigns after 20 years

Published May. 11 2017

Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Neil Thomas III has announced his resignation after 20 years on the bench.

Deputies say man died in jail after experiencing medical emergency

Published May. 11 2017

A 44-year-old man died after experiencing a medical emergency this morning in the Hamilton County Jail.


Westside Shop owner has 30 days to correct code violations, hire security guard

Published May. 10 2017

The shuttered Westside Shop Inc. can reopen its doors.

Community members, leaders discuss food crisis, Westside Shop closure at produce giveaway

Published May. 10 2017

Down 12th Street, on the other side of the interstate, and a half mile from the Chattanooga Convention Center, the...

After meeting with DA, Westside Shop property owners offer Chattanooga police rent-free substation

Published May. 6 2017

For the first time in years, a police substation could be coming to Chattanooga's Westside in the same strip mall...

Woman files 14th Woodmore lawsuit, says granddaughter suffered disfiguring injuries in school bus crash

Published May. 5 2017

An area woman filed the 14th lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court last week against driver Johnthony Walker, his employer,...

Closure of convenience store on Chattanooga's Westside sparks calls for change

Published May. 3 2017

Some call it a battle for the soul of the city. Others describe it as a necessary crime-fighting tool. And...

Prosecutors play two videos in hearing against Westside convenience shop

Published May. 2 2017

Chattanooga prosecutors played two surveillance videos this morning to support their argument that a convenience store in College Hill Courts...

Demetrus Coonrod rises from convict to councilwoman

Published May. 2 2017

Standing before a federal judge more than a decade ago, Demetrus Coonrod knew she was about to lose everything —...

Attorneys say Chattanooga gang injunction unneeded since it's not being enforced

Published May. 2 2017

A defense attorney questioned Monday why a court order that allows police to arrest 31 alleged gang members for being...