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.

'Sally the Robot' comes to Erlanger eatery with salads in 90 seconds

Published Dec. 14 2018

The new outpatient children's hospital at Erlanger is heralding Chattanooga's railroad heritage not only in some of its engine and...

Krystal reopens new, smaller store on Shallowford Road in Chattanooga

Published Dec. 13 2018

Four months after closing and demolishing its 29-year-old Shallowford Road restaurant, Krystal will open the first of its redesigned restaurants...

Village of Oakbrook developers seek rezoning to add 60 more homes to Ooltewah project

Published Dec. 12 2018

The developers of a commercial and residential development in Ooltewah are seeking to rezone a portion of the 140-acre project...


Virginia College students look for new future after school closing

Published Dec. 11 2018

When Tamara Weeks learned last week that Virginia College was shutting down, the 28-year-old Tunnel Hill, Georgia student said "it...

Land owners fight back on TVA plan for Meigs County power line

Published Dec. 10 2018

Meigs County landowner Greg Vital isn't giving up his Georgetown farmland to the Tennessee Valley Authority without a fight.This story...

Ooltewah, Red Bank boast cheapest gas in Tennessee

Published Dec. 10 2018

The average price of gasoline in Chattanooga fell below $2 a gallon last week for the first time this year.

Virginia College shuts down

Published Dec. 6 2018

Seven years after opening its Chattanooga campus near Eastgate, Virginia College will shut down its local operations Friday along with...

Bancorp South to branch out in Chattanooga

Published Dec. 6 2018

Four years after entering the Chattanooga market with the loan production office, BancorpSouth opened its first full-service bank branch in...

CBL chief says company is 'always for sale'

Published Dec. 6 2018

Record imports in October drove the U.S. trade deficit to the highest level in a decade.

Dunkin' franchisee expands to Ooltewah, plans to open 10 more units next year

Published Dec. 4 2018

Nine years after he opened his first Dunkin' Donuts shop in Hixson, Dave Baumgartner cut the ribbon Tuesday on his...

TennCare director stepping down in January

Published Dec. 4 2018

The head of TennCare for the past two and a half years said Monday she is leaving her job in...

Second inland port to be added in North Georgia

Published Dec. 3 2018

Four months after the Georgia Ports Authority opened a $24 million inland just north of Chatsworth, Georgia, the port authority...


Brazil's biggest ceramic tile maker plans $150 million plant near Cookeville, Tennessee

Published Dec. 3 2018

Brazil's biggest ceramic tile maker will build a $150 million production plant in Baxter, Tennessee just east of Cookeville, in...

McMinn County launches job skills program

Published Dec. 2 2018

McMinn County is turning to its neighboring county in Bradley to help resolve two critical labor concerns in East Tennessee:...

Haney sues TVA to get Bellefonte, says TVA broke contract in not selling [documents]

Published Dec. 1 2018

The buyer of one of America's last unfinished nuclear power plants is suing the Tennessee Valley Authority, claiming the federal...

TVA scraps Bellefonte sale to Haney [document]

Published Dec. 1 2018

Former Chattanooga developer Franklin L. Haney was ready to close on his $111 million purchase of an abandoned Tennessee Valley...

Changes at the top: Who's in and who's out in 2018

Published Dec. 1 2018

While Tennesseans and Georgians elected a new governor this year to lead their respective states, many of Chattanooga's biggest employers...

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...

Head of Chattanooga's biggest credit union continues its growth

Published Dec. 1 2018

Over the past decade, the number of bank branches operating in metropolitan Chattanooga has dropped by more than 17 percent...

Dynamic duos: The challenges and rewards of sharing a bed and business

Published Dec. 1 2018

The Center for Women's Business Research estimates that approximately 15 percent of America's 20 million small businesses are jointly owned...