Allison Shirk Collins (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6651
Allison Shirk was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While in school, Allison spent five months in Rabat, Morocco traveling and writing about the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings in the North African country. After graduation, she moved to Florida and spent a few years reporting for the North Port Sun in Sarasota County and the Daytona Beach News-Journal where she covered local and state issues, such as housing affordability, high foster care rates across the state and a lack of behavioral funding for Floridians with disabilities. Now, Allison covers business for the Times Free Press. She enjoys hiking and being outdoors on the weekends with her dog, Ginger. You can contact her at or 423-757-6651.

Chattanooga could see scorching temps, lots of travelers over Memorial Day weekend

Published May. 23 2019

Chattanooga is sure to see its fair share of Memorial Day travelers this weekend with little to no rain in...

Over 1,300 petition against proposed Ooltewah subdivision as neighbors raise traffic, school concerns

Published May. 20 2019

About 70 people attended a community meeting Monday evening to discuss a 453-home development off Snow Hill Road in Ooltewah...

Chattanooga Moms Demand Action, residents discuss ways to stop gun violence

Published May. 19 2019

Chattanooga Moms Demand Action convened a group of residents at the Chattanooga Public Library downtown Saturday to discuss ways to...

Lives on the line: CPR company seeks to raise $750,000 in seed funding

Published May. 18 2019

Felicia Jackson, CEO of CPRWrap and a product of Chattanooga's entrepreneurial ecosystem, is back from Austin, Texas, after participating in...

Chattanooga's 'STEM School Jubilee' is now the largest STEM event in Tennessee

Published May. 16 2019

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey stood in front of the Chattanooga State Community College Albright...

Ooltewah residents critical of planned 453-home development off Snow Hill Road

Published May. 15 2019

A 453-home development off Snow Hill Road is planned for the growing Ooltewah area, but it has been met with...

Scooter ordinance fails to move through Chattanooga City Council

Published May. 14 2019

An ordinance dictating how and where electric scooters can be used in the city failed during a Chattanooga City Council...

Chattanooga's new owner-occupied duplex program draws both support and critics

Published May. 13 2019

The Avondale neighborhood in East Chattanooga has a surplus of duplexes — several of them vacant — and while the...

How artificial intelligence can help and hurt the hiring process for Chattanooga workers

Published May. 12 2019

Sean Booth recently mingled among the dozens of tables set up at a spring job fair, hoping to catch the...

A new 'Game of Thrones' season is better than Christmas for some Chattanooga-area businesses

Published May. 10 2019

As fans of the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" brace themselves for episode five of the final season Sunday...

Chattanooga business owners meet with Mayor Berke, cite lack of skilled workers as big challenge

Published May. 9 2019

In honor of National Small Business Week, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke convened 18 small business owners and their staffs on...

Controversial scooter vote pushed off another week after Chattanooga council member introduces amendment

Published May. 7 2019

Chattanooga City Council members were supposed to vote on an ordinance for dockless vehicles in the city on Tuesday, ending...


Global investment firm acquires Chattanooga-based tech startup Skuid

Published May. 5 2019

The nationally recognized, Chattanooga-based cloud software company Skuid — known as one of the most successful startups in the city...

These downtown Chattanooga clubs, restaurant got their beer licenses suspended for an upcoming weekend

Published May. 2 2019

Three Chattanooga businesses - two clubs and one restaurant - will have to suspend beer sales in the coming weeks.

New craft butcher shop to open in Ooltewah's Cambridge Square

Published May. 1 2019

Ooltewah's Cambridge Square has added several new tenants in the past few years, and now a husband-and-wife team plans to...

This year's Better Business Bureau Torch Award winners, speakers insist to 'always do the right thing'

Published May. 1 2019

The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia presented the organization's annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics and...

Finding balance: Family-friendly policies are not just a perk for these Chattanooga companies

Published May. 1 2019

When Ryan Ewalt's first two children were born, the 37-year-old said he was only able to take one or two...

Young Guns: Business owner Gabrielle Blades uses design to connect with the people she works with

Published May. 1 2019

Growing up, Gabrielle Blades "was always the artsy kid," she says.

Cyber security risks big in 2019

Published May. 1 2019

As more businesses take advantage of advances in technology to leverage profits and stay competitive, cyber security threats also become...

Chattanooga City Council gives first nod to electric scooter bill

Published Apr. 30 2019

City Council members moved Chattanooga one step closer to being the next city with electric scooters in the downtown area...