Allison Shirk Collins

Phone: 423-757-6651
Allison Collins is the digital and engagement editor at the Times Free Press. She 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. Allison used to cover business for the Times Free Press before becoming an editor. She enjoys hiking and being outdoors on the weekends with her two dogs and husband. You can contact her at or 423-757-6651.

Take our weekly news quiz for Sept. 13-19

Published Sep. 13 2019

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Honoring veterans: Times Free Press seeks nominees for 2019 profiles

Published Sep. 9 2019

For the third year, the Times Free Press is inviting readers to nominate veterans to be featured in the "Twenty-One...

Take our weekly news quiz for Sept. 6-12

Published Sep. 6 2019

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Chattanooga companies, locals prepare to help with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

Published Aug. 30 2019

As Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a major Category 3 storm Friday afternoon and Florida residents braced for the worst, Chattanooga-area...

Know a teacher who goes above and beyond? Submit a Teacher of the Month nomination

Published Aug. 30 2019

Help us celebrate teachers in the Chattanooga area.

Take our weekly news quiz for Aug. 30-Sept. 5

Published Aug. 30 2019

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Memorial service this Sunday for mother of five who died in Lookout Mountain crash

Published Aug. 29 2019

A memorial service has been announced for Sunday for a 42-year-old woman who was killed when she lost control of...

Hamilton County jail inmate stabbed, incident under investigation

Published Aug. 28 2019

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident in which an inmate was stabbed, according to a news release...

Police: Man says he was shot near Walnut Street Bridge

Published Aug. 25 2019

Chattanooga police are investigating after a man says he was shot while walking near the Walnut Street Bridge, according to...

Document: Chipotle coming to Gunbarrel Road

Published Aug. 2 2019

It looks like Chipotle will be opening its first Chattanooga location on Gunbarrel Road later this year, according to a...

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...