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.

Attorneys discuss state racketeering law, say they need evidence to properly defend case

Published May. 18 2018

Chattanooga prosecutors have until Halloween to turn over evidence that would help 54 people charged in a gang racketeering indictment...

Ethics complaint: East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert received campaign contributions as reward for past action

Published May. 16 2018

An East Ridge citizen has filed an ethics complaint against Mayor Brent Lambert, saying $3,000 in campaign contributions he received...

Some local DUI cases on hold as attorneys await outcome of house bill ruling

Published May. 15 2018

Does a new Tennessee House bill fix a drug-and-alcohol fee system that a Chattanooga lawyer says is unconstitutional? That's what...

Woodmore crash bus driver's lawyer says district attorney hid evidence, calls for judge to reconsider sentence

Published May. 12 2018

A local judge should re-evaluate the four-year sentence he gave to the driver in the Woodmore Elementary School fatal bus...

Tim Boyd case: Subpoenas ask for bank, phone, email records related to Brent Lambert campaign contributions

Published May. 11 2018

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd's defense attorney wants East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert to come clean about some campaign contributions...

Lawsuit: Hamilton County officials showed 'deliberate indifference' to deceased inmate

Published May. 11 2018

Before he died in a Hamilton County Jail cell in 2017, Jeffery Simmons pleaded for medical attention for two hours....

Third family settles death case against bus company in Woodmore crash

Published May. 9 2018

A third family has publicly settled a death case from the Nov. 21, 2016, crash on Talley Road that involved...

Lawsuit claims Bledsoe County Schools suspended student for year because of her race [document]

Published May. 8 2018

A biracial student said Bledsoe County Schools suspended her for 365 days earlier this year after she punched a white...

Downtown Chattanooga continues to grow

Published May. 4 2018

Anyone paying attention to downtown Chattanooga over the last four years has probably noticed the $1 billion burst of hotels,...

Harrison has giving community, natural draws

Published May. 4 2018

If, God forbid, your car should break down, Highway 58 in Harrison may be the best spot in the Chattanooga...

Tim Boyd Case: Is it political speech or extortion? A judge will decide in June

Published May. 4 2018

A special judge will decide next month whether an indicted Hamilton County commissioner's comments to a now-defeated campaign opponent are...

Tennessee Legislature passes funding fix after landmark local challenge to DUI test fee

Published May. 4 2018

As a landmark DUI contest heads to the Tennessee Supreme Court later this month, a bill has landed on Gov....

Commissioner Tim Boyd moves to dismiss his criminal extortion case

Published May. 3 2018

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd is asking a specially appointed judge to dismiss his criminal charge.

Judge Kyle Hedrick retains Hamilton County Circuit Court seat

Published May. 1 2018

Judge Kyle Hedrick will remain on the bench in Hamilton County Circuit Court after a landslide victory in Tuesday's Republican...

Dozens of RICO defendants appointed attorneys at first hearing [photos]

Published Apr. 27 2018

If you're coming to today's gang racketeering arraignment, be prepared to pass through extra security.

Jury finds Hamilton County judge not guilty in federal discrimination trial

Published Apr. 25 2018

A Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge and his administrator have been cleared of any wrongdoing in a federal discrimination trial.

School bus driver in fatal Woodmore crash sentenced to 4 years in prison [photos]

Published Apr. 24 2018

Four years from now, Zyaira Mateen would have been in middle school, one step closer to her dream of becoming...

Former Hamilton County magistrate's discrimination trial resumes in federal court

Published Apr. 24 2018

A former Hamilton County magistrate's discrimination trial started back up Monday, as her attorney argued that a former colleague contributed...

Judge delays sentencing on 2015 shooting after seeing evidence from victim

Published Apr. 20 2018

A Hamilton County judge delayed a plea agreement Friday that would place a man charged with two counts of attempted...

Mom worries as her daughter's attacker prepares to take plea deal

Published Apr. 19 2018

Donna Harris has a 1-inch aneurysm growing on the left side of her brain that could kill her at any...