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.

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union expands Idea Leap grant program to help grow Chattanooga's small businesses

Published May. 7 2019

Chattanooga's biggest credit union marked National Small Business Week Tuesday by launching the second year of its Idea Leap grant...

Chattanooga area gas prices fall 3.2 cents a gallon, more declines likely in wake of China tariff talk

Published May. 6 2019

Chattanooga gas prices fell by their biggest weekly decline in more than three months in Chattanooga last week in response...

Jasper Highlands opens wellness center, building microbrewery as part of new commercial development at Marion County mountaintop community

Published May. 5 2019

Residents and visitors to Jasper Highlands will be able to get a brew with a view by this fall in...


McKee Foods buys Prairie City Bakery in effort to expand snack offerings

Published May. 3 2019

Six years after buying Drake's cakes to expand its food lines and presence in the Northeast, McKee Foods today acquired...

TVA on pace for another record year as it boosts incentive payments to recruit more business

Published May. 2 2019

Midway through its fiscal year, the Tennessee Valley Authority is on pace for a potential record year for new investment...

TVA estimates its flood control saved $1.6 billion this winter

Published May. 2 2019

A milder winter cut power sales in the first three months of 2019 in the Tennessee Valley.

Chattanooga's newest boutique hotel opens downtown in Clemons building

Published May. 1 2019

A century-old downtown high-rise building reopened Wednesday as Chattanooga's newest boutique hotel.

Sign of the times: Reagan Outdoor Advertising to buy Fairway billboards in Chattanooga, elsewhere

Published May. 1 2019

A Salt Lake City-based billboard company plans to buy the Fairway Outdoor Advertising operations in Chattanooga, Indianapolis and Rochester, Minnesota...

Mohawk Industries to close Lyerly tufting mill, affecting 250 jobs in Chattooga County

Published May. 1 2019

Mohawk Industries today announced that tufting operations in Lyerly, Georgia will shut down.

Meigs County leaders back TVA power center near Georgetown, Tennessee

Published May. 1 2019

Despite the opposition of some nearby property owners, a $300 million power control center planned by the Tennessee Valley Authority...

The Brand: Champy's Famous Fried Chicken celebrates 10 years in Chattanooga

Published May. 1 2019

Seth and Crissy Champion opened the first Champy's Famous Fried Chicken on M.L. King Boulevard with about $7,000 in cash...

UTC Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame celebrates Chattanooga's small business roots and future

Published May. 1 2019

Albert Woodard thought he was being insulted when he was first called an entrepreneur.

Signal Mountain residents question new grocery store proposal

Published May. 1 2019

The proposal was new. The questions were not.

These are the 10 largest employers in Chattanooga

Published May. 1 2019

The ten largest employers in Chattanooga are ...

Global focus: Immigration attorney Jessica Oliva-Calderin promotes international work in Chattanooga

Published May. 1 2019

As foreign investment, immigration and international trade has grown in Chattanooga, immigration attorney Jessica Oliva-Calderin and her husband Carlos, also...

Power Tools: Marlon smart carry-on suitcase offers removable battery to allow airport recharging

Published May. 1 2019

Marlon smart carry-on suitcase

Airport cellphone, laptop searches jump four-fold

Published Apr. 30 2019

U.S. government searches of travelers' cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and are being...

CBL & Associates Properties' first quarter income drops below expectations

Published Apr. 30 2019

CBL & Associates Properties Inc. reported lower funds from operations in the first quarter as the shopping center firm continues...

Unum boosts quarterly profits 5.6 percent in line with analysts forecast

Published Apr. 30 2019

Unum boosted its first quarter earnings by 5.6 percent over a year ago, meeting analysts expectations for profits even as...

Western Express freight company to add 225 jobs in Tennessee

Published Apr. 30 2019

A Nashville-based freight company announced today it will spend $88 million and add 225 jobs.