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.

Gig City milestone: EPB tops 100,000 fiber optic customers

Published Oct. 18 2018

When EPB launched its Internet, video and phone services nearly a decade ago in conjunction with its efforts to build...

UTC, Erlanger, EPB join in Chattanooga research collaborative

Published Oct. 18 2018

Chattanooga is one of the biggest U.S. cities to create an Innovation District without a major research-oriented university, federal lab...

Jobless rate down in Georgia, steady in Tennessee

Published Oct. 18 2018

Unemployment in Georgia fell along with the nation as a whole last month, falling to its lowest level in more...


Startup Week includes 120 events to showcase entrepreneurs next week

Published Oct. 18 2018

Chattanooga's fifth annual week-long celebration of entrepreneurship and new business starts next week will include more than 120 events for...

TVA board member accused of violating federal political activity rules

Published Oct. 17 2018

A Republican state legislator has filed a complaint against TVA Director Virginia Lodge, claiming she violated the federal Hatch Act...

Chattanooga Gas raising rates by nearly 4.4 percent

Published Oct. 17 2018

Chattanooga Gas Co., will increase its rates next month by nearly 4.4 percent, adding about $1 a month to the...

EPB energy efficiency starts at home

Published Oct. 16 2018

EPB may be in the business of selling power, but in its downtown headquarters the city-owned utility its more than...

NRA campaigns for Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race

Published Oct. 15 2018

Backed by the National Rifle Association, GOP Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn pledged Monday to work to protect gun rights and...

Chattanooga's Adman Electric grows as employee-owned firm

Published Oct. 14 2018

Todd Moreland says he wanted to be an electrician since he was 16 years old at Ooltewah High School, following...

Blackburn pledges to continue Corker fight against sex slavery

Published Oct. 12 2018

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn pledged Friday to continue U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's fight against sexual slavery, which she has highlighted...

Blackburn opposes government-run broadband; Bredesen wants TVA to expand into broadband service

Published Oct. 12 2018

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said today she thinks Tennessee's approach to providing high-speed Internet and broadband services to rural...

Corker says evidence points to likely Saudi killing of Washington Post columnist

Published Oct. 12 2018

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today said the early evidence suggests that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi...


ARC gives coal region $26.5 million in grants

Published Oct. 11 2018

The Appalachian Regional Commission is spreading $26.5 million in awards to nine states to assist struggling coal communities.

Lupton City residents say city lied to them about mill cleanup [document, photos]

Published Oct. 10 2018

Lupton City residents today accused Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and other city leaders of lying to them about the cleanup.

Textile company founders renew pledge for 1,000-employee plant in Pikeville

Published Oct. 9 2018

The co-founders of a new U.S. textile company renewed their pledge to Pikeville officials this week to build Bledsoe County's...

Chicago equity firm buys Soddy-Daisy manufacturer

Published Oct. 8 2018

A Soddy-Daisy manufacturer of machinery used in the wood flooring and wood cutting industries is getting a new owner and...

Chattanooga is least expensive city of startups

Published Oct. 8 2018

Chattanooga continues to be the lowest cost city in America to start a business, according to a new study by...

Spanish trucking, logistics firm builds North American hub in Chattanooga

Published Oct. 7 2018

Grupo Sese, a major Spanish trucking and logistics company that handles the freight of many major European companies including Volkswagen,...

City sells The Chattanoogan for $27 million

Published Oct. 5 2018

The city of Chattanooga, which built Chattanooga's premier hotel and conference center nearly two decades ago, is getting out of...

Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy, closing 200 stores

Published Oct. 5 2018

Mattress Firm Inc., the nation's biggest specialty mattress retailer with eight stores in the Chattanooga and North Georgia region, filed...