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 on pace for record earnings in 2018

Published Aug. 3 2018

With a little bit of help from Mother Nature and cheaper natural gas, the Tennessee Valley Authority more than doubled...

Einstein adds Caribou coffee

Published Aug. 2 2018

Einstein Bros. Bagels, the largest bagel retail company with more than 700 locations, is opening Caribou Coffeehouses inside its Chattanooga-area...

U.S. Xpress revenues grow 21.4 percent in past year

Published Aug. 2 2018

A three-year turnaround in the operations and culture at U.S. Xpress Enterprises helped the Chattanooga trucking firm firm raise more...

Second quarter results take toll on shares of many Chattanooga businesses

Published Aug. 2 2018

Springtime is often regarded as the season of hope, growth and optimism.

Dixie reports loss from lawsuit

Published Aug. 2 2018

The Dixie Group Inc. today reported a second-quarter net loss of $1.8 million, or 12 cents per share, after reporting...

Rising to the top: Industry veterans launch new retail development firm

Published Aug. 1 2018

Leaders of Chattanooga's newest shopping center development company have decades of retail development, leasing and acquisition experience.

New office concepts offer more flexibility, spur more creativity

Published Aug. 1 2018

After working for 32 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority helping to promote the region's economic development, Sheila Brooks became...

Profile: Richard Beeland brings City Hall experience to new role as head of HBAC

Published Aug. 1 2018

For more than a dozen years under two mayors, Richard Beeland worked in a variety of communications and management roles...

Biggest real estate sales in Hamilton County

Published Aug. 1 2018

In the 12 months ending June 30, most of the top-dollar property sales in Hamilton County involved the sale of...

Young guns: Southeast Painters project manager chairs Building Leaders of Chattanooga

Published Aug. 1 2018

Will Tutton has worked in various jobs at the commercial painting business started by his father Randy for nearly half...

The Brand: PlayCore

Published Aug. 1 2018

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Unum profits, shares rise but investors wary about long term care claims

Published Jul. 31 2018

Shares of Unum Group rose more than 1 percent Tuesday to their highest level in nearly three months after the...

Edwin Hotel plans hiring fair next week

Published Jul. 31 2018

The Edwin Hotel near the Walnut Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga is hosting a job fair next week to fill...

Chattanooga ranks as one of the worst metro cities for education

Published Jul. 30 2018

The rating for Mid-South metro areas, and their relative ranking among the top 150 cities.

Unum profits up, but long-term care reserves may have to be adjusted

Published Jul. 30 2018

Unum Group boosted its second quarter earnings by nearly 24 percent from a year ago to beat Wall Street expectations,...

Haney outlines plans to finish idled nuclear plant in 5-6 years

Published Jul. 30 2018

More than three decades after work was halted at what was to be one of TVA's biggest nuclear power plants,...

EPB gets biggest growth, profits from telecom

Published Jul. 27 2018

Despite its name and birthright, Chattanooga's Electric Power Board earned most of its net income in the past year from...

JumpFund doubles capital with second round of investments

Published Jul. 27 2018

One of the first all-female venture capital funds in the South has raised another $5.2 million for investments in women-headed...

CBL sells Wisconsin mall

Published Jul. 27 2018

CBL Properties said today it has completed its $18 million sale of the Janesville Mall in Janesville, Wisconsin as part...

Local unemployment rises to 11-month high as workforce growth outpaces new jobs

Published Jul. 26 2018

Chattanooga area employers added another 4,170 jobs last month, but the employment gains were more than offset by the addition...