Dave Flessner (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6340
E-mail: dflessner@timesfreepress.com
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native of Lansing, Mich., joined the Times Free Press in 1999 after working for 19 years at The Chattanooga Times. He covers energy, business and special projects, including the Tennessee Valley Authority. Dave has previously covered police, county government, politics and education. A 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan, Dave also studied economics at Michigan State University's Graduate School of Business. He has won more than a dozen journalism awards for business, breaking and investigatory reporting, including first place honors for education coverage in 2007 from the Tennessee Press Association, investigative reporting in 2006 and project reporting in 2005 from the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, deadlline reporting in 2002 from the Georgia Associated Press Association, and health care reporting in 2001 from the Tennessee Hospital Association. Contact Dave at 423-757-6340 or dflessner@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on twitter at twitter.com/chattreporter.

Thunder Enterprises to develop Riverton with $300 million master planned community

Published May. 19 2019

John "Thunder" Thornton, a Chattanooga developer who has built major scenic, upscale residential developments in East Tennessee, Wyoming, Utah, North...

Signal Mountain Middle School awarded 3D printer after students complete 5,000 courses of online training

Published May. 19 2019

A Chattanooga company that developed unique online training programs to help students see the relevance of science, technology, engineering and...

UAW trying to organize Volkswagen Chattanooga plant amid battle for new union election

Published May. 17 2019

When the United Auto Workers first tried to unionize production workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga more than five...

Federal court rejects TVA move to cancel sale of Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant to developer Franklin Haney

Published May. 17 2019

A federal judge has refused to cancel an agreement by the Tennessee Valley Authority to sell its unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear...

'It's very rewarding': Diane Parks directs Leadership Chattanooga for 20 years

Published May. 16 2019

On the walls of her Chamber of Commerce office, Diane Parks displays 19 group photos of the graduates from each...

Food City breaks ground on new Calhoun store set to open this fall

Published May. 16 2019

Food City is continuing to expand south into Georgia, announcing plans for its first grocery store in Calhoun, Georgia.

Tennessee's unemployment rate remains at a record low

Published May. 16 2019

Unemployment across Tennessee remained at an historic low last month after employers added 51,600 jobs over the past year in...

World's biggest electric motor and fan manufacturer to build $37 million plant in Tennessee, hire 200 workers

Published May. 16 2019

A German fan maker plans to build a new $37 million manufacturing plant in Northeast Tennessee and hire 200 workers...

Stay Alfred vacation rentals to take up nearly half of Market City Center in downtown Chattanooga

Published May. 15 2019

One of the biggest apartment complexes in Chattanooga's central city in converting about half of its rental units into overnight...

Saturday's Downtown Living Tour shows off new housing options

Published May. 14 2019

When Lee Bissinger moved to Chattanooga three years ago from downtown Nashville to live in a more comfortable mid-size city,...

See where Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia end up on U.S. News & World Report's annual list of best states

Published May. 13 2019

Tennessee boasts the best fiscal stability of any state, according to a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Julie McPeak is stepping down as Tennessee's insurance commissioner, replacement announced

Published May. 13 2019

Tennessee's insurance commissioner for the past eight years announced today she will be leaving state government.


Gas prices drop by the largest amount in 4 months, likely to continue to decline

Published May. 13 2019

Chattanooga gas prices fell by their biggest weekly amount in four months last week.

LYNC Logistics among fastest growing woman-owned businesses

Published May. 10 2019

When Cindy Lee launched Lync Logistics in May of 2014, she initially envisioned the freight brokerage business as a sideline...

Business Calendar

Published May. 10 2019

How to Give a Technical Presentation with Vincent Phipps from 1-3 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the INCubator training room,...

New CEO of TVA seeks to tackle concerns over coal ash, transparency and the threat of losing its biggest customer

Published May. 9 2019

The new head of the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday appointed top TVA executives to help tackle the utility's ongoing...

This Signal Mountain home with an outdoor swimming pool, a pond, barn and 16 acres of land is up for auction Saturday

Published May. 9 2019

A Signal Mountain home with more than 10,000 square feet, an outdoor swimming pool, a pond, barn and 16 acres...

Tennessee lawmakers want TVA to conduct all board committee meetings in public

Published May. 8 2019

The Tennessee Valley Authority board is meeting Thursday in Franklin, Tennessee, for its quarterly board meeting to set policy and...

Teamsters ratifies new bus driver contract with Hamilton County as Durham prepares to leave Chattanooga market

Published May. 7 2019

Hamilton County's contract school bus drivers have their first contract with Teamsters Local 327, which organized over 250 drivers and...

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union expands Idea Leap grant program to help grow Chattanooga's small businesses

Published May. 7 2019

Chattanooga's biggest credit union marked National Small Business Week Tuesday by launching the second year of its Idea Leap grant...