Dave Flessner (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6340
E-mail: dflessner@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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.

Bredesen wants TVA mission expanded to provide rural broadband service

Published Aug. 17 2018

Nearly a century after the Tennessee Valley Authority was created to help bring electricity to an impoverished rural Appalachia, a...

Unemployment in Tennessee steady at 3.5 percent

Published Aug. 16 2018

Unemployment fell to a 17-low in Georgia and remained near it historic low in Tennessee last month as both states...

Ridgemont apartments sold in Red Bank

Published Aug. 15 2018

One of the biggest apartment complexes in Red Bank has a new owner and will soon get a new look.

EPB issues warning of scam email notices

Published Aug. 15 2018

EPB customers are reporting that they received a questionable email with the subject "Epbfi.com Server Congestion".

Nine local companies among the fastest growing in America

Published Aug. 15 2018

Choo Choo city is also becoming known as a truck town, especially for entrepreneurs and startups.

Haney wants to buy nuclear plant by November, transfer construction permit from TVA

Published Aug. 14 2018

Former Chattanooga developer Franklin L. Haney is trying to become the first American to transfer the construction permit for an...

Despite prospects of higher mortgage rates, housing market should continue to improve

Published Aug. 14 2018

Homebuyers waiting on a return to lower mortgage rates before buying are probably out of luck, a top housing economist...

City to spend $480,000 to improve employee parking lot

Published Aug. 13 2018

The Chattanooga Downtown Redevelopment Corp. will spend up to $480,000 to fix flooding problems in a parking lot adjacent to...

Comcast expanding low-cost internet options to reach nearly 20,000 Chattanoogans

Published Aug. 13 2018

Comcast is expanding its low-cost web connections for veterans to expand even more its Internet Essentials, which has already connected...

Protecting the power grid: TVA beefs up security as cyber threats grow

Published Aug. 12 2018

Within the Tennessee Valley Authority's new cybersecurity center in the utility's downtown Chattanooga Office Complex, two dozen IT specialists stare...

Mueller Water Products opens Chattanooga technology center

Published Aug. 10 2018

Nearly 30 percent of the water pumped to homes and businesses across America is lost to underground leaks along aging...

Chattanooga Gas seeks 11 percent increase in residential rates

Published Aug. 9 2018

The typical Chattanooga household that uses natural gas for heat would pay an extra $5.73 a month if state regulators...


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Mannington Mills to add 200 jobs in Calhoun, Georgia

Published Aug. 9 2018

Flooring manufacturer Mannington Mills has purchased 78 acres in Gordon County to expand its Calhoun, Georgia operations, adding another 200...

Housing costs rise twice as much as inflation

Published Aug. 8 2018

Chattanooga home prices rose by twice the overall rate of inflation in the past year but remained nearly 30 percent...

Miller Industries profits jump 40 percent in spring quarter

Published Aug. 8 2018

America's biggest tow truck maker hauled in record profits for the second quarter by boosting spring sales 15.5 percent over...

Chattanooga physician pays $428,700 for using unapproved foreign drugs

Published Aug. 8 2018

A retired Chattanooga oncologist has repaid the government for cancer treatment drugs that were improperly bought by his wife from...

Chattanooga rental rates jump 13.2 percent

Published Aug. 7 2018

Since Joshua Evans moved back to Chattanooga last year with his wife and young child, he has been looking to...

ABB expanding Thomas & Betts plant, adding 70 jobs in Athens, Tennessee

Published Aug. 6 2018

ABB announced today it is expanding its operations in Athens, Tennessee and adding op to 70 new jobs.

Tranco Global grows, adds Atlanta office

Published Aug. 6 2018

Less than two years after Tranco Logistics launched its global shipping business, Tranco Global has opened a second office in...

TVA contractor faces penalties over injury to workers at Sequoyah nuclear plant

Published Aug. 6 2018

A TVA contractor has been cited for exposing its employees to electric shock hazards at TVA's Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant...