Allison Shirk Collins (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6651
E-mail: ashirk@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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 ashirk@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6651.

Explosion near City Hall was result of underground electrical fire

Published Nov. 6 2018

A small explosion and underground electrical fire in front of City Hall Tuesday afternoon added some excitement to an already...

Social innovation hub seeks creative, collaborative solutions to local social needs from charities

Published Nov. 1 2018

Chattanooga has gained national and international recognition as a city of innovators, but it's not always the tech companies with...

Bellhops plans to more than double cities they service in 2019

Published Oct. 31 2018

Signaling a shift from the "scrappy, startup" movers they once were, Bellhops released a new look Thursday that officials said...

Increases in stormwater violations and developments prompts review of city policies

Published Oct. 28 2018

When Obadiah Brooks moved to St. Elmo in 2010, there were still vacant lots and empty buildings near his home...

Twin brothers bringing New York-style pizza to North Chattanooga

Published Oct. 14 2018

Twin brothers Cal and Jackson Todd think they can bring Chattanoogans the best New York-style pizza they have seen yet...

Chattanooga Visitor's Bureau announces new strategic plan for tourism

Published Oct. 9 2018

With a new board chairman and president, it was time that the Chattanooga Visitor's Bureau craft a renewed vision for...

New brewery, beer garden to open near Finley Stadium [photos]

Published Oct. 4 2018

Geological engineer and Chattanooga native Jake Raulston quit his day job and moved back to Chattanooga last year to turn...

Landmark restaurants in Chattanooga's hottest areas were there long before the area's resurgence

Published Oct. 1 2018

Susan Danner often talks to her customers at The Longhorn Restaurant in the North Shore like they are her own...

Landmark restaurants in Chattanooga's hottest areas were there long before the area's resurgence [photos]

Published Sep. 30 2018

Susan Danner often talks to her customers at The Long Horn Restaurant in the North Shore like they are her...

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q announces October opening at Hamilton Place

Published Sep. 11 2018

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q is set to open next month to give residents and visitors in the Hamilton Place area...

Researcher: Chattanooga's gender gap higher than other regional cities

Published Sep. 6 2018

Chantelle Roberson remembers 20 years ago when she started her own law firm and faced discrimination often. Roberson, a black...

International speaker and author to train Chattanooga nonprofits

Published Sep. 5 2018

When it comes to nonprofit spending, many donors ask that their money go directly to those who need help and...

Food City closes Brainerd store for last time

Published Sep. 4 2018

Roger Price says he'd shopped at the Brainerd Road Food City store, or its predecessors, for 33 years and he...

Recognizing the people who put the 'care' in Chattanooga area health care

Published Sep. 1 2018

Chattanooga is home to Tennessee's biggest health insurer, the world's biggest disability insurer, a half dozen nursing and medical colleges...

Community servant: Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold

Published Sep. 1 2018

Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold's Italian grandfather, Rocco, came to the United States as a young immigrant child who didn't speak...

Young guns: 32-year-old Patrick Wells takes the reins at Majestic Stone

Published Sep. 1 2018

Since taking over the Majestic Stone operation in 2016, CEO Patrick Wells has helped the company grow from 25 employees...

Designer Drugs builds nationwide compounding business

Published Sep. 1 2018

Cataract surgery is one of the most common types of surgical procedures in the world, according to the National Institutes...

Workforce development key part of Chattanooga's '1,000 Seats' initiative

Published Aug. 30 2018

The city of Chattanooga has set a goal of adding 1,000 high-quality, early-learning seats for children in the city, and...

Amazon donates $10,000 in STEM supplies to Hardy Elementary [photos]

Published Aug. 29 2018

Ke'Mun Martin sat in a classroom at Hardy Elementary with random objects scattered on the table in front of him,...

Tennessee, Hamilton County see record tourism spending in 2017

Published Aug. 28 2018

Tennessee visitors spent more than $20 billion last year, setting a new record for tourism in the state and in...