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.

The Bitter Bottle Battle: How one woman will soon have the first alcohol-based, legal bitters business in Tennessee

Published Jul. 1 2019

When Kaleena Goldsworthy set out to start her own business, The Bitter Bottle, three years ago, she had two significant...

How McMinnville, Tennessee is leading the region in advanced robotics training, local officials say

Published Jun. 28 2019

A blue industrial robot sitting on top of a table and encompassed by a glass case picked up white and...

New fathers, parents still face stigma in taking paid parental leave, Unum survey finds

Published Jun. 14 2019

John Gandy said he will celebrate Father's Day like a lot of fathers probably will — watching golf.


Chipotle coming to Chattanooga

Published Jun. 13 2019

It appears Chattanooga is finally getting a Chipotle, a spokeswoman with the fast-casual Mexican restaurant confirmed on Thursday.

Proposed Highway 58, Clark Road development to bring more housing near Volkswagen amid opposition from some residents

Published Jun. 10 2019

The new elementary school will have a capacity of approximately 880 students with 80 classrooms and is slated to open...

Rezoning for $21 million, mixed-use development in St. Elmo approved by planning commission

Published Jun. 10 2019

A $21 million, mixed-use development in downtown St. Elmo is one step closer to becoming a reality after planning commissioners...

Chattanooga-area home builders support tax increase

Published Jun. 6 2019

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga's Governmental Affairs Committee has voted to support a $34 million tax increase for...

Company Lab accelerator startups pitch ideas to make health care 'better' and more 'convenient'

Published Jun. 5 2019

Imagine a machine that dispenses medications much like a Redbox dispenses DVDs at Walgreens, or having the ability to text...

Nashville-based pizzeria Slim & Husky's is coming to Chattanooga

Published May. 28 2019

"Pizza Rules Everything Around Me," or P.R.E.A.M., is the motto of a Nashville-based pizza joint planning to open a location...

Minority business leaders share the 'recipe for success' at Chattanooga Urban League's annual luncheon

Published May. 28 2019

Nine out of 10 start-ups fail, yet figures show that roughly 68% of entrepreneurs think their idea is better than...

Lawmakers and Chattanooga area firearms instructors voice opinions on new Tennessee gun permit law

Published May. 28 2019

A controversial gun permit bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee last week has drawn criticism across the state,...

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...