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.

Coca-Cola bottling marks 120 years in Chattanooga

Published Jul. 22 2019

As CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, John Sherman heads the oldest and one of the biggest bottlers of Coca-Cola...

TVA lowers August power bills as rains boost hydro generation, cut power rates in Chattanooga region

Published Jul. 22 2019

Despite an increase Monday in oil prices following the Iranian taking of an English tanker, gas prices fell in the...

Storms cut power for some EPB customers in Chattanooga region but most outages repaired

Published Jul. 22 2019

Storms that swept into the Tennessee Valley Monday night knocked out power for some EPB customers, but utility officials said...

FirstBank purchase of Atlantic Capital branches boosts size but merger expenses cut income

Published Jul. 22 2019

The parent company of FirstBank completed its acquisition of 14 branches in and around Chattanooga from Atlantic Capital Bank this...

The Shallowford apartments sell for $32 million as investors continue to bid up Chattanooga property values

Published Jul. 19 2019

Despite the addition of thousands of more apartment units in Chattanooga over the past couple of years, real estate investors...

Power Poll: Local leaders see Chattanooga economy heating up

Published Jul. 19 2019

Chattanooga's economy appears to be heating up with the summertime weather, according to local leaders.

Coker Group announce 'legendary' new company name

Published Jul. 18 2019

Eight months after the founding family of Coker Tire sold their family-owned business, the new owners are rebranding the company...

Tennessee job growth maintains tight labor market; Georgia jobless rate falls to near 2-decade low

Published Jul. 18 2019

Tennessee employers continued to add jobs at a faster pace than the U.S. average over the past 12 months, creating...

Plainview Outdoor electronic billboards helping Hamilton County Emergency Services with alerts, safety messages

Published Jul. 17 2019

Amy Maxwell keeps a writing tablet in her car to record what she calls her "driving ideas."

Slower freight market to cut spring profits for Covenant Transport

Published Jul. 17 2019

Covenant Transportation Group Inc. warned today that its second quarter earnings will be lower than a year ago due to...

Chattanooga-based Trident Transport opens Minneapolis office as freight broker doubles in size this year

Published Jul. 16 2019

The fastest growing Chattanooga company on Inc. magazine's list of growing firms last year is planning to double its staff...

CBD franchise opens on Chattanooga's Southside

Published Jul. 16 2019

As a former football player and an Army paratrooper, Heath Haley suffered a number of shoulder and knee injuries that...


Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to expand Obamacare coverage

Published Jul. 15 2019

Tennessee's biggest health insurers are expanding their individual coverage plans across the state and holding down or even cutting premiums...

Chattanooga-based Litespeed bikes shown off at White House 'Made in America' event

Published Jul. 15 2019

A Chattanooga-based bicycle maker showed off its Litespeed titanium road, gravel and mountain bikes on the lawn of the White...

First US Bank expands into Chattanooga market

Published Jul. 12 2019

A Birmingham, Alabama-based bank that expanded into Knoxville last year with its purchase of a Virginia bank has entered the...

Lodge introduces lighter gourmet cast iron cookware under original Blacklock Foundry name

Published Jul. 11 2019

America's biggest cast iron cookware maker is introducing a new lighter gourmet line of skillets and ovens to expand its...

Down payment assistance from state program helps Chattanooga area homebuyers

Published Jul. 11 2019

Despite rising home prices - or perhaps because of them - mortgage loans using down payment assistance from the Tennessee...

Chattanooga-based manufacturer to show off Litespeed bikes at White House 'Made in America' showcase next week

Published Jul. 10 2019

The Chattanooga-based American Bicycle Group will show off its Litespeed (LS) titanium road, gravel and mountain bikes on the lawn...

Which states are best for business? Tennessee boasts low taxes, regulations but study says quality of life suffers

Published Jul. 10 2019

Virginia this year is celebrating 50 years of touting its promotional campaign that "Virginia is for Lovers."

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee urges flexible approach with Medicaid block grant

Published Jul. 9 2019

Tennessee will submit an application this fall to the federal government for a block grant to replace the current Medicaid...