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.

TVA rates to drop next month as fuel cost adjustment hits all-time low

Published Mar. 21 2019

With help from Mother Nature, electric bills in the Tennessee Valley will get a bit cheaper next month.

Pinnacle Bank grows to 2nd biggest bank in Tennessee by acquiring other banks, hiring top bankers, creating good work environment

Published Mar. 21 2019

At Pinnacle Bank, creating a great place to work is vital not only for employee happiness but also for the...

Unemployment falls to all-time low in Tennessee

Published Mar. 21 2019

Unemployment in Tennessee fell last month to an all-time low as employers across the state added a net 53,000 jobs...

Georgia jobless rate edges higher, above U.S. unemployment rate

Published Mar. 21 2019

Unemployment in Georgia edged above the national jobless rate again last month despite the addition of more than 10,000 jobs.

TVA shapes long-range power plan to boost solar, cut coal in next 20 years

Published Mar. 20 2019

The Tennessee Valley Authority and its customers will get a bigger share of power in the future from the sky...

Chickamauga Lock reopens to again allow barge traffic on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga

Published Mar. 20 2019

The Chickamauga Lock, which had been shut down for most of the past five weeks, has reopened to barge traffic...

Army veteran fights for business success with UTC, TVFCU help

Published Mar. 19 2019

After three decades in the Army and National Guard, Jim Derry joined with other military veterans in a different kind...

New owners relocate PM Pediatrics in East Brainerd

Published Mar. 19 2019

The new owners of a decade-old after-hours urgent pediatric clinic in East Brainerd are relocating the practice on Saturday.

Covenant Transport says truckload freight weaker this winter

Published Mar. 18 2019

Covenant Transportation Group Inc. warned Monday that first quarter earnings are expected to come in well below analysts expectations.

Record rains stall Tennessee River shipments for past five weeks

Published Mar. 15 2019

Record rainfalls have shut down part of the Tennessee River for barge traffic for most of the past five weeks,...

Owner of Chattanooga trucking and logistics firms steps down in wake of cocaine charges

Published Mar. 15 2019

The owner of a Chattanooga trucking firm and a logistics firm who is accused of distributing cocaine and giving alcohol...

Despite slowdown in Chattanooga job growth, local unemployment rate still below U.S. average

Published Mar. 14 2019

Despite a slowdown in the pace of job growth in Chattanooga, the local unemployment rate at the start of 2019...


Retiring TVA President Bill Johnson reportedly picked to head bankrupt California utility

Published Mar. 12 2019

William D. "Bill " Johnson may be retiring soon from the Tennessee Valley Authority, but he could be tapped to...

Fleischmann, Alexander vow to work to restore funding for Chickamauga Lock replacement

Published Mar. 12 2019

President Trump is proposing to cut most federal funding for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund next year, which would stall...

Local gas prices rise another 6.7 cents a gallon

Published Mar. 11 2019

Chattanooga gas prices rose another 6.7 cents per gallon in the past week.

Heavy rains fill temporary coffer dam on Tennessee River, delaying work on replacement lock at Chickamauga Dam

Published Mar. 8 2019

One of Chattanooga's biggest construction projects is being delayed this month after heavy rains filled in a temporary coffer dam...

Chattanooga's largest plastic surgery group gets new look, location [photos]

Published Mar. 7 2019

Chattanooga's first and largest plastic surgery group has given itself a new face lift of sorts by relocating into a...

Tennessee jobless rate remains below U.S. average

Published Mar. 7 2019

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in January remained unchanged from the end of 2018 and well below...

Losses grow in 2018 for Dixie Group but company takes steps to meet changing market

Published Mar. 7 2019

Losses widened last year for carpet maker Dixie Group Inc. as the floorcovering market continues to shift from carpets and...

Trump nominates former Mohawk Industries executive, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce leader for TVA board

Published Mar. 7 2019

William B. "Bill" Kilbride, the former Mohawk Industries executive who headed the Chattanooga Are Chamber of Commerce for three years...