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.

Vision Hospitality wants to make the hotel industry people-centered again with new 'Humanist' division [photos]

Published Mar. 23 2019

Vision Hospitality Group wants to put guests back at the center of the hotel industry again with the launch of...

Women-owned businesses take top honors at Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce awards luncheon

Published Mar. 20 2019

Women were the biggest winners at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards on Wednesday as three out...

Report: Average apartment in Chattanooga now priced more than 25 percent above affordable housing level

Published Mar. 19 2019

Affordable housing for most renters in Chattanooga should be priced at no more than $850 a month, but the average...


University of the South taps Chattanooga developer for new, mixed-use 'Sewanee Village'

Published Mar. 8 2019

The University of the South has teamed up with one of the biggest developers in Chattanooga to remake and revitalize...

Chattanooga United Way exceeds $11.5 million campaign goal [photos]

Published Mar. 7 2019

Despite a decrease in workplace giving last year, leaders of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga announced Thursday that they...

Locals Only store expands to Chattanooga's North Shore

Published Mar. 6 2019

Locals Only owners and husband-and-wife team Danielle and Eric Landrum have opened a second location of their business that showcases...

Southside, Alstom site planner brings design thinking to Chattanooga

Published Mar. 4 2019

Victor Dover laid out the plans for the reimagined Southside over 20 years ago with the idea that great streets...

Local child care leader discusses policy with Ivanka Trump, others

Published Mar. 4 2019

It was a tumultuous week in political news with the testimony of the president's former lawyer and the Vietnam Summit...

Leaders look for ways to get Chattanoogans out of their cars and off the highways

Published Mar. 3 2019

Chattanoogans love their cars, and it's becoming a bit of a problem for the region.

Work at home: Telecommuting offers alternative to driving to work

Published Mar. 3 2019

In today's world, a person can wake up to the sound of their alarm on any given week day, roll...

Coyote Jack's announces controversial makeover in Facebook post considered to be racist by some

Published Mar. 1 2019

Coyote Jack's nightclub in downtown Chattanooga is getting a makeover.

Healthy work habits: Workplace wellness programs can attract younger workers

Published Mar. 1 2019

"Worksite wellness" can look different depending on the company, but one thing most can agree on is that promoting a...

Shifting roles: From CNA to CDL, Chattanooga woman paves the way for female truck drivers

Published Mar. 1 2019

For Sharae Moore, trucking runs in her family.

City of Chattanooga fund will invest $5 million in affordable housing

Published Feb. 25 2019

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and other area stakeholders stood on a concrete slab in front of a rundown duplex off...

FreightWaves to launch first U.S. market to ease freight risk

Published Feb. 22 2019

A truck will never show up.

Chattanooga-based U.S. Xpress reimagines truck driver training, development

Published Feb. 19 2019

U.S. Xpress Enterprises unveiled a new professional development program for its commercial drivers on Tuesday that will use industry-leading technology...

BBC World News America anchor, best-selling author Katty Kay to keynote IMPACT 2019 in Chattanooga

Published Feb. 6 2019

This year's IMPACT event organized by the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute will feature keynote speaker and British journalist Katty Kay,...

Need a handy woman? Women Repair Zone teaches women how to do home, auto repairs

Published Feb. 5 2019

Belinda Harford stood in front of six women at a wood shop and garage off Amnicola Highway one week day...

Tennessee, Chattanooga working to narrow the digital divide among early childhood educators

Published Feb. 3 2019

When Patricia Gadson learned she would need to get additional credentialing for her job as an early childhood worker at...

New distillery, cocktail bar opens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo

Published Feb. 1 2019

Fifty years ago, a traveler could arrive at Chattanooga's Terminal Station, now known as the Chattanooga Choo Choo, and head...