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.

Uniquely Chattanoogan: The Edwin hotel offers boutique luxury with local flavor

Published Oct. 1 2018

Over the past two decades, Vision Hospitality has built and operated more than 40 hotels under a variety of Marriott...

Long-running local businesses adapt with new products, owners but stay in hometown

Published Oct. 1 2018

The products, looks, distribution and even the ownership of many of Chattanooga's biggest and best-known companies and brands have changed...

Young Guns: Matt Partridge to head Hutton Construction

Published Oct. 1 2018

By the age of 33, Matt Partridge already had the experience of helping three real estate firms grow to multi-billion-dollar...

Miller's Ale House opens first of several new Tennessee eateries

Published Oct. 1 2018

Within the next year, Miller's Ale House expects to have more than 100 of its restaurants across more than a...

Here are 15 of Chattanooga's oldest businesses

Published Oct. 1 2018

A list of 15 of the oldest companies in Chattanooga:

Closer: Jay Dale heads Chattanooga's biggest bank

Published Oct. 1 2018

With 27 commercial banks operating in metropolitan Chattanooga - and a variety of other online bankers and lenders handing savings...

Mill that built Lupton City remains rubble eyesore, may discourage investment in major development

Published Sep. 30 2018

Four years after crews demolished the former R.L. Stowe thread mill in Lupton City - and more than a year...

Governor candidates want better internet in rural areas

Published Sep. 28 2018

Bill Lee may run a $225 million-a-year business and live in the wealthiest county in Tennessee, but when the GOP...

Power poll shows most think Lee will be elected governor

Published Sep. 27 2018

A majority of top leaders in Chattanooga say they plan to vote for Republican Bill Lee for Tennessee's next governor,...

Power bills rise next week

Published Sep. 26 2018

Power bills will increase next week with the start of the new fiscal year for the Tennessee Valley Authority, but...

Greenscapes Home & Garden sold

Published Sep. 26 2018

A Calhoun, Georgia designer and seller of landscape fabric, edging, frost protection, bug zappers and bio-fuel products to major big-box...

Lake levels, river flow rise after heavy rains north of Chattanooga

Published Sep. 26 2018

Up to 8 inches of rain has fallen near Decatur, Tennessee over the past couple of days, causing localized flooding...

Chattanooga area home builders catching up with housing demand

Published Sep. 25 2018

Chattanooga led all markets in the Mid South region in the growth of new home starts during the first half...

New bank players, offices added in past year in Chattanooga despite merger trend

Published Sep. 24 2018

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

Erlanger co-generation plant cuts energy use, carbon emissions

Published Sep. 23 2018

As Chattanooga's biggest hospital with more than a million square feet of buildings on its main campus and related offices,...

EPB to raise cable TV rates up to $8 more a month in November

Published Sep. 21 2018

Watching your favorite television show on EPB's Fi-TV connection will cost you anywhere from $1 to $8 more a month,...

Jobless rate falls to 17-year low in Georgia, stays near historic low in Tennessee despite increase

Published Sep. 20 2018

Unemployment fell to a 17-year low in Georgia last month while Tennessee's jobless rate remained near historic lows despite a...

Unemployment in Georgia falls below U.S. average for first time in 11 years

Published Sep. 20 2018

Unemployment in Georgia fell to its lowest level in more than 17 years last month.

Publix buys Snow Hill Village shopping center in Ooltewah for $18.5 million

Published Sep. 19 2018

Nine years after opening its Ooltewah supermarket, Publix has purchased the entire retail center that houses it grocery store at...

Chattanooga income among fastest growing in the nation

Published Sep. 18 2018

Chattanooga had the sixth fastest growth in median household income last year among the nation's 382 metropolitan areas as the...