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.

Getting more with less: 3,690 Chattanoogans worked in energy efficiency-related jobs in 2018

Published Sep. 16 2019

The fastest growing employment sector in America's energy industry last year came from those working to help reduce the amount...

Chattanooga Metropolitan Authority board OKs $25 million loan for 1,300-car parking garage at airport

Published Sep. 16 2019

Chattanooga's airport plans to take on its biggest loan to finance more parking to accommodate the growth of Lovell Field.

Cleveland, Tennessee, boasts America's cheapest gas, but attacks on Saudi oil facilities push up prices

Published Sep. 16 2019

Oil prices spiked Monday on world markets and pushed up gas prices in what was America's cheapest market for fuel...

Yada yada yada: Netflix to air 'Seinfeld' starting in 2021

Published Sep. 16 2019

Move aside, "Friends" and "The Office." Netflix now has a new gem — a show about nothing.

TVA coal ash cleanup to cost billions of dollars and decades to complete, officials say

Published Sep. 14 2019

The Tennessee Valley Authority is planning to spend billions of dollars over the next 20 years cleaning up the legacy...

Chattanooga businesses stay afloat without water by turning to telecommuters and at-home work

Published Sep. 13 2019

Chattanooga's biggest downtown employers didn't open their offices Friday when a water main break cut off water service across most...

Bringing the Mocs and Vols together: UT launches $100 million campaign to fund tuition-free program for families with under $50,000 income

Published Sep. 13 2019

When the Vols take on the Mocs Saturday at Neyland stadium, University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd hopes both UT-Knoxville...

Chattanooga-based Kenco Logistics adds California warehouse

Published Sep. 12 2019

Kenco Logistics, North America's biggest privately-owned third-party logistics provider, has opened another warehouse to serve the Los Angeles market in...

Study says solar cheaper than TVA [document]

Published Sep. 11 2019

A consulting firm hired by Friends of the Earth said Wednesday that lower market prices for solar and wind power...

Chattanooga couple opens motorcycle gear shop in Brainerd Village

Published Sep. 11 2019

A Chattanooga couple have turned their passion for motorcycle riding into a retail venture to cater to the apparel, helmet...

Audit says TVA executives violated federal travel rules [document]

Published Sep. 11 2019

TVA executives violated federal travel rules, failed to report some of their travel costs to the TVA board as required...

Healthcare IT consulting firm to add over 100 more jobs in Tennessee

Published Sep. 11 2019

A Tennessee healthcare IT company is expanding in Hohenwald, Tennessee by adding more than 100 additional jobs at its 2-year-old...


Plainview Outdoor Advertising to build LED sign factory in Chattanooga

Published Sep. 10 2019

A decade ago during a convention in Las Vegas for his Plainview Outdoor Advertising Co., Todd Plain took notice of...

Shares of Chattanooga-based CBL jump 24.3% Tuesday

Published Sep. 10 2019

One of Chattanooga's most battered stocks in recent years jumped in value Tuesday by nearly a fourth, adding more than...

The heat is on, but TVA handles peak demands

Published Sep. 10 2019

The summer of 2019 may be wrapping up with near record temperatures for mid-September this week and next, but the...

Business Briefs: Electric 'ride and drive' event planned in Chattanooga

Published Sep. 10 2019

Electrify America, a Volkswagen subsidiary that is installing battery-powered vehicle recharging stations across the United States, will sponsor a "ride...

Wendy's relaunches breakfast, plans to hire 20,000 in US

Published Sep. 10 2019

Wendy's is relaunching breakfast across the U.S. next year, the latest fast-food chain to amp up its offerings as more...

During Chattanooga visit, EPA chief says stricter mileage standards hurt new car sales and safety [photos]

Published Sep. 9 2019

The Trump administration's plan to scale back the higher mileage standards for new cars proposed under the Obama administration is...

East Brainerd apartment complexes sell for $53 million as real estate investors continue to buy into Chattanooga market

Published Sep. 6 2019

A pair of East Brainerd apartment complexes were sold this week for more than $54 million as real estate investors...

Gannon Art Center framers mark 50 years, three generations of custom artwork

Published Sep. 5 2019

When the Gannon Art Center opened 50 years ago this week in the Brainerd location of the former Little Art...