Allison Shirk (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.

Planners endorse townhome project in North Chattanooga

Published Aug. 13 2018

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission approved a request Monday by local developer John Wise for a a new development...

Planning commission approves garden-style apartments in Hamilton Place area

Published Aug. 13 2018

Planning agency staff recommended approval but listed several conditions, including maximum density of no more than eight dwelling units per...

Local architects, designers organize events this week to discuss how design can aid in fighting injustice

Published Aug. 13 2018

Over a year ago, the city of New Orleans joined other cities nationwide in a movement to remove confederate monuments...


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Mike's Hole in the Wall slapped with fine, or suspension, for violation of city's beer code

Published Aug. 9 2018

A popular North Shore restaurant and bar is looking at a steep fine or three-day suspension for violations to the...

Boathouse restaurant sues city beer board over fines for drinking on the riverwalk [document]

Published Aug. 8 2018

Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar has filed a civil suit against the city of Chattanooga's Beer and Wrecker Board members,...

Digital innovation in health care focus of CO.LAB, Unum partnership

Published Aug. 3 2018

Starting this month, Chattanooga-based insurance giant Unum and startup accelerator The Company Lab are partnering to bring more digital innovation...

2018 primary election turnout higher than 2010, 2014

Published Aug. 2 2018

Overcast skies and the occasional downpour didn't deter Hamilton County voters from turning out at the polls Thursday and surpassing...

Hamilton County election day voter turnout 'steady' despite rain, traffic

Published Aug. 2 2018

Polls across Hamilton County close in less than two hours, and despite the rainy weather, some precincts are seeing much...

Chattanooga City Council to hear new food truck ordinance

Published Aug. 1 2018

On Tuesday, Chattanooga City Council members will hear proposed changes to a new food truck ordinance that city staff said...

Closing time: Seller's market in housing spurs quicker sales

Published Aug. 1 2018

Will Rogers and his wife, Lilly, moved to the Chattanooga area from Knoxville after Rogers finished law school last summer....

Ethiq platform allows users to vote with their wallet

Published Aug. 1 2018

It just became a lot easier to "vote with your wallet" after the recent launch of Ethiq, a nationwide platform...

Majestic Stone sets out to bring reliability, brand awareness to the stone industry

Published Jul. 29 2018

The beauty of Tennessee flagstone and the mix of earthy, orange and brown hues with cooler blues and grays is...

TenGIG Festival opening new venue for events, eSports at Chattanooga Choo Choo

Published Jul. 27 2018

As the transformation of The Chattanooga Choo Choo continues, the historic hotel in the Southside has added another tenant that...

CO.LAB 'Demo Night' to feature products, services of 16 businesses

Published Jul. 23 2018

Norma Maloney started making energy bars in 1995 when her husband began cycling long distances and needed a more fulfilling...

Chattanooga Ducks' owner stresses safety after deadly Missouri sinking

Published Jul. 20 2018

After hearing news that 17 people had died on a duck boat Thursday evening when it capsized in Branson, Missouri,...

DosBros Fresh Mexican Grill expands to the Southside

Published Jul. 19 2018

DosBros Fresh Mexican Grill is yet another retailer that has moved into the south Broad Street area hoping to take...

Offering free rides downtown, ChattyWagon founders hope to alleviate parking crunch

Published Jul. 18 2018

As the number of residents in downtown Chattanooga increases and the availability of public parking continues to be an ongoing...

New city workforce campaign to fight unemployment, underemployment

Published Jul. 17 2018

Despite some of the lowest unemployment rates in modern history, city officials are launching a new workforce campaign this month...

Internships can help college graduates fight unemployment, underemployment

Published Jul. 15 2018

Austin Anthony spent most of his undergraduate college career working as a waiter to help pay bills, but once he...

Four Chattanooga-area restaurants honored for wine

Published Jul. 13 2018

It seems locals don't have to travel far for a good glass of wine.