Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
E-mail: zpeterson@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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 pick jurors, ready for Woodmore bus crash trial

Published Feb. 24 2018

Chattanooga attorneys picked jurors Friday in Clarksville, Tenn., for the trial of a 25-year-old school bus driver charged with killing...

Jury selection begins today for Johnthony Walker's trial

Published Feb. 23 2018

Chattanooga attorneys are picking jurors today in Clarksville, Tenn., for the trial of Johnthony Walker.

Hamilton County Board of Education attorneys move for separate trials in Ooltewah rape civil lawsuits

Published Feb. 23 2018

Hamilton County Board of Education attorneys want to separate the upcoming civil trials of two former Ooltewah High School students...


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Former UTC employee pleads guilty to public indecency citation

Published Feb. 23 2018

A judge ordered a former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga employee to stay away from an adult movie theater on...

Family's lawsuit claims mom died at Silverdale Detention Center after staff used pepper spray on her

Published Feb. 21 2018

Family members say their 45-year-old mother died at Silverdale Detention Center in 2017 because staff used pepper spray on her,...

Defense points to second shooter in 2017 shooting outside Chattanooga nightclub

Published Feb. 20 2018

A second shooter was most likely involved in a 2017 slaying outside a Chattanooga nightclub that left one dead, one...

Residents can return home after judge conditionally reopens Economy Inn

Published Feb. 19 2018

A local judge ruled Monday that a shuttered hotel on Brainerd Road can reopen its doors as soon as possible,...

Bus driver's alleged cursing, prior issues won't be heard as evidence in Woodmore crash trial

Published Feb. 19 2018

Jurors won't hear about a 25-year-old bus driver's alleged cursing or prior issues with students when he stands trial next...

Local school officials reassure community in wake of deadly Florida shooting

Published Feb. 16 2018

The threat of a school shooter is palpable to local school administrators and teachers who reflected on their own preparedness...

Video shows officer's 'controversial' arrest of paraplegic man

Published Feb. 15 2018

A paraplegic man who was charging his wheelchair outside a grocery store will be tried later this month in Hamilton...

Defense attorneys: Testing for drugs in DUI cases may be netting the wrong people

Published Feb. 14 2018

Melissa Lasley had a bad day in April 2015: She backed into a car in a Hixson parking lot, failed...

Tennessee's top state attorneys plan to appeal controversial DUI fee ruling

Published Feb. 13 2018

As local attorneys grapple with a controversial ruling that threw hundreds of DUI cases into limbo, Tennessee's top prosecutors said...

Alleged shooter in Lookout Valley triple homicide accepts plea deal

Published Feb. 13 2018

A second gunman charged in the 2014 Lookout Valley triple homicide accepted a plea deal Friday that will send him...

Court ruling calls Tennessee DUI conviction 'fee system' unconstitutional

Published Feb. 7 2018

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals handed a local attorney a landmark victory Tuesday — and in the process froze...

Federal judge rules against school board for 2nd time in Ooltewah rape civil suits

Published Feb. 7 2018

For the second time in seven days, a federal judge has ruled against the Hamilton County Board of Education in...

Judge hears accounts of Woodmore bus driver cursing at students, speeding

Published Feb. 5 2018

Johnthony Walker, a 25-year-old bus driver charged with killing six children, cursed out his student passengers and sped off in...

Judge sentences man to prison for running $2.7 million Ponzi scheme on elderly

Published Feb. 5 2018

A food-snacks distributor is going to federal prison for the next three and a half years for running what prosecutors...

Judge's ruling in Ooltewah rape civil cases puzzles some Hamilton County school board members

Published Feb. 2 2018

A federal judge took aim Wednesday at Hamilton County Board of Education attorneys, saying they "wasted the court's time" by...

Judge to decide whether to take convicted Chattanooga serial rapist, murderer off death row

Published Jan. 31 2018

A special judge must decide whether to release a convicted serial rapist from death row who was found guilty in...

Hamilton County Schools attorney denies swaying Ooltewah High School inquiry

Published Jan. 31 2018

A lawyer for the Hamilton County Board of Education denied interfering with an investigation into Ooltewah High School's sexual harassment...