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.

For some federal workers, asking for assistance is new, difficult

Published Jan. 18 2019

To pay or not to pay - that is the question that hundreds of thousands of workers in the United...

Survey shows most Chattanooga residents approve of accessory-dwelling units citywide [photos]

Published Jan. 17 2019

Carriage houses, granny flats, in-law suits, backyard cottages — whatever they're called, the city thinks they could add to the...

Alexa Conference brings the future of voice technology to Chattanooga

Published Jan. 15 2019

"Alexa, how many people registered for the Alexa Conference in Chattanooga?"

Chattanoogans help local federal employees affected by shutdown

Published Jan. 15 2019

As the government shutdown marked its 25th day Tuesday, local residents got creative with how they could help fellow Chattanoogans...

Chattanooga-area Airbnb hosts earned $11 million last year

Published Jan. 11 2019

When Christina and Christian Thoreson take on a new short-term vacation home to manage in the Chattanooga area, they don't...

Here's where you can test drive a Lime electric scooter in Chattanooga

Published Jan. 9 2019

Electric scooter companies have been cautious about launching the newest mobility trend here in Chattanooga without rules set in advance...

What is the future of work in Chattanooga?

Published Jan. 7 2019

Nobody can predict the future of work, but that doesn't mean we can't try.

Chattanooga companies use 'flying robots' to make jobs safer, easier

Published Jan. 6 2019

Would you rather be a lineman elevated high above the road in a bucket inspecting a power line or a...

Bantam & Biddy is first commercial tenant to open in downtown Chattanooga's Market City Center

Published Jan. 4 2019

"Come get some home cooking" is the mantra for Market City Center's first commerical tenant, Bantam & Biddy.

Leapin' Leprechaun Pub to suspend beer sales after violation

Published Jan. 3 2019

After being found in violation of the city's beer code, Leapin' Leprechaun Pub and Eatery on Market Street will stop...

East Chattanooga's Together Cafe aims to end human trafficking one cup of coffee at a time

Published Dec. 24 2018

The newly opened Together Cafe on Orchard Knob Avenue is the latest coffee shop to open among the many already...

Sanofi cutting 180 jobs, 20 more than previously announced

Published Dec. 20 2018

Sanofi U.S., the French pharmaceutical giant that purchased longtime Chattanooga company Chattem in 2010, filed an official notice with the...

Chattanooga startup Bellhops Moving raises over $31 million in latest funding round

Published Dec. 18 2018

In what is believed to be the most money raised in a fundraising round of any Chattanooga startup, Bellhops Moving...

Chattanooga creation PriceWaiter allows online shoppers to 'make an offer'

Published Dec. 16 2018

Online shopping can be both a convenient and exhaustive experience for consumers trying to hunt down bargains, especially during the...

Camp House moving to Chattanooga's new Onion Bottom Station

Published Dec. 10 2018

With their current lease ending in the next year, Busby said the search committee for a new spot had to...

New steep slope and flood plain proposal stirs concerns by residents

Published Dec. 9 2018

A new set of proposed guidelines aimed at addressing overdevelopment of Chattanooga's most vulnerable land has been received with agreement...

Most Valuable Players: 10 influential business leaders who shaped Chattanooga's economy in 2018

Published Dec. 1 2018

In 2018, Chattanooga's biggest university received its largest gift, a major trucking company raised over $250 million in a public...

Chattanooga shop owners hope for big business on 'Small Business Saturday'

Published Nov. 23 2018

Susan and Andy Harper strolled down Frazier Avenue in the North Shore Friday morning while searching for the 25 items...

Neediest Cases Fund helps Chattanooga woman move to a safer home for the holidays

Published Nov. 21 2018

Inga Readus barely left her apartment when she lived at College Hill Courts earlier this year for fear of her...

Electric scooter companies pitch rental plans for Chattanooga

Published Nov. 21 2018

Despite pushback from the Chattanooga City Council and concerns over safety, electric scooter companies that have seen success in bigger...