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.

Local leaders support more public industrial parks in Chattanooga area

Published Feb. 10 2019

Do you believe local government should acquire property and develop another publicly-owned industrial park to recruit more business?

Heads of TVA distributors say managing people is key to success; diversity pushed during Black History Month event

Published Feb. 8 2019

When Robert Gardner was applying for an engineering job in his hometown of Springfield, Tennessee three decades ago, the young...

Better education, more diversity and less dependence upon cars seen as goals, challenges for Chattanooga's future [document]

Published Feb. 7 2019

For Hamilton County to be successful over the next two decades, students are going to have to learn in new...


Chattanooga-based trucking company takes $10.7 million loss on its sale, exit from Mexico operations

Published Feb. 7 2019

U.S. Xpress Enterprises said Thursday its operating income in the fourth quarter rose to $21.1 million, nearly double the $12.5...

Mohawk earnings beat estimates, but rising commodity prices still cut profits in 2018 after five years of record income

Published Feb. 7 2019

The world's biggest floorcovering company reported better-than-expected profits in the fourth quarter, although net income was still down 26 percent...

Results of Velocity 2040 study to be released Thursday as Chattanooga groups plan to address next steps toward smarter, more diverse future

Published Feb. 6 2019

What will Chattanooga be like in another 20 years?

Senate panel backs Republican lawyer for TVA board for second time in nine months

Published Feb. 5 2019

For the second time in nine months, a Senate panel has endorsed Memphis attorney John Ryder to fill one of...

TVA says sale of Bellefonte nuclear plant to Haney would be illegal until regulators approve deal

Published Feb. 5 2019

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it cannot complete the sale of its Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant to developer Franklin L....

Fleischmann tours southern US border, says wall is 'paramount' for security

Published Feb. 4 2019

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann toured the border wall under construction in El Paso, Texas over the weekend and said today...

Dixie Group cuts more staff, costs in new profit improvement plan

Published Feb. 4 2019

The Dixie Group, Inc., which cut 283 jobs last year, plans to eliminate another 46 jobs this year as part...

Gas prices fall after a month of increases in Chattanooga

Published Feb. 4 2019

After rising nearly 20 cents a gallon in January, gasoline prices in Chattanooga fell last week.

Fleischmann says he's ready to compromise, but calls US border crossings 'crisis' that requires wall and more

Published Feb. 1 2019

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann will travel Sunday to a number of southern border towns along with his colleagues on a...


EPB triples most popular service, cuts Gig service price

Published Feb. 1 2019

EPB is tripling its most popular internet service to 300 megabits per second (Mbps) at no extra cost and cutting...

Growth Industry: Banks grow and combine in metro Chattanooga

Published Feb. 1 2019

For the first time in a decade, Chattanooga added more banks and bank branches despite record merger activity across Tennessee...

Capital idea: Opportunity Zones offer tax breaks for capital gains reinvestment

Published Feb. 1 2019

Tucked into the tax reforms adopted by Congress in late 20117 is a provision that could help funnel significant amounts...

On a roll: New owners of Coker Tire grow with acquisitions

Published Feb. 1 2019

Over six decades, Harold Coker and his son, Corky, grew what began as a small tire store in Athens, Tennessee,...

The Brand: The Chattanooga Butter Co. offers 'a better butter'

Published Feb. 1 2019

* Company: The Chattanooga Butter Co.

What are the biggest investment advisory firms in Chattanooga?

Published Feb. 1 2019

The biggest registered investment advisory firms headquartered in Chattanooga include:

Quiet time: QuietOn noise canceling earbuds keep out distractions

Published Feb. 1 2019

If you have trouble sleeping on an airplane or are distracted or stressed by other noises, the Finnish company QuietOn...

Cold weather, heavy rains boost TVA income in Chattanooga region

Published Jan. 31 2019

Mother Nature helped the Tennessee Valley Authority to both boost its electricity sales and cut its power generation costs in...