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.

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...

A new 'Game of Thrones' season is better than Christmas for some Chattanooga-area businesses

Published May. 10 2019

As fans of the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" brace themselves for episode five of the final season Sunday...

Chattanooga business owners meet with Mayor Berke, cite lack of skilled workers as big challenge

Published May. 9 2019

In honor of National Small Business Week, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke convened 18 small business owners and their staffs on...

Controversial scooter vote pushed off another week after Chattanooga council member introduces amendment

Published May. 7 2019

Chattanooga City Council members were supposed to vote on an ordinance for dockless vehicles in the city on Tuesday, ending...

Global investment firm acquires Chattanooga-based tech startup Skuid

Published May. 5 2019

The nationally recognized, Chattanooga-based cloud software company Skuid — known as one of the most successful startups in the city...

These downtown Chattanooga clubs, restaurant got their beer licenses suspended for an upcoming weekend

Published May. 2 2019

Three Chattanooga businesses - two clubs and one restaurant - will have to suspend beer sales in the coming weeks.

New craft butcher shop to open in Ooltewah's Cambridge Square

Published May. 1 2019

Ooltewah's Cambridge Square has added several new tenants in the past few years, and now a husband-and-wife team plans to...

This year's Better Business Bureau Torch Award winners, speakers insist to 'always do the right thing'

Published May. 1 2019

The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia presented the organization's annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics and...

Finding balance: Family-friendly policies are not just a perk for these Chattanooga companies

Published May. 1 2019

When Ryan Ewalt's first two children were born, the 37-year-old said he was only able to take one or two...

Young Guns: Business owner Gabrielle Blades uses design to connect with the people she works with

Published May. 1 2019

Growing up, Gabrielle Blades "was always the artsy kid," she says.

Cyber security risks big in 2019

Published May. 1 2019

As more businesses take advantage of advances in technology to leverage profits and stay competitive, cyber security threats also become...

Chattanooga City Council gives first nod to electric scooter bill

Published Apr. 30 2019

City Council members moved Chattanooga one step closer to being the next city with electric scooters in the downtown area...

St. Elmo email listserv highlights this tight-knit community

Published Apr. 28 2019

There are many unique attributes about the St. Elmo community located at the foot of Lookout Mountain — like a...

STEP-UP Chattanooga internship program needs more businesses

Published Apr. 26 2019

Public Education Foundation officials say they need about 30 more internships for this summer's STEP-UP program that places low-income students...

Chattanooga's M.L. King Boulevard is now a test bed for Smart City research

Published Apr. 25 2019

At the intersection of Peeples Street and M.L. King Boulevard in downtown Chattanooga, more than 230,000 different "objects" — vehicles,...

Trident Transport to add nearly 100 jobs, expand Chattanooga location

Published Apr. 24 2019

Trident Transport announced plans to expand their Chattanooga location and add 75-100 jobs between its Chattanooga and Tampa locations.

Bistro that focuses on Middle Eastern Mediterranean food is closing in downtown Chattanooga

Published Apr. 24 2019

After opening just eight months ago, 405 Mid-East Bistro plans to close at the end of April.

United Way announces 2019 campaign chair

Published Apr. 24 2019

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga has announced that Mike St. Charles of Chambliss Law will be the nonprofit's 2019...

New food delivery service launches in Chattanooga, offers monthly subscription deals

Published Apr. 23 2019

Postmates, a popular food delivery service in cities throughout the United States, has announced its expansion into Chattanooga along with...

Preservation group launches $1.4 million capital campaign to restore part of Chattanooga Choo Choo's Terminal Station

Published Apr. 22 2019

The local preservation group tasked with restoring part of the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo has announced a goal of raising...