Ellis Smith (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6315
E-mail: esmith@timesfreepress.com
Ellis Smith is the digital editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. Ellis hails from Marietta, Ga. He earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, Ga.; as a reporter. Contact Ellis at 423-757-6315 or esmith@timesfreepress.com.

Broken valve, low water pressure affected thousands of residents east of Missionary Ridge

Published Jun. 14 2017

Tennessee American Water is asking all water customers east of Missionary Ridge to restrict non-essential water usage as the company...

UPDATE: Police say they caught a car thief on video [video]

Published May. 30 2017

Charleston Police and the Bradley County Sheriff's Office say they caught a car thief on video.

Woodmore Elementary gets new principal

Published May. 26 2017

Dionne Upton will replace Brenda Adamson-Cothran as the principal for Woodmore Elementary, according to a Friday afternoon news release from...

Health inspector catches workers eating food off the grill, leaving hot dogs sitting at room temperature

Published May. 25 2017

Though it didn't completely fail its health inspection, the Krystal on LaFayette Road got the lowest score of the week...

Nashville's new courthouse to be named in honor of Fred Thompson if Trump signs bill

Published May. 24 2017

Nearly a dozen U.S. Senators and Representatives have sent a bill to the president's desk that would name Nashville's federal...

Red Bank police on the hunt for armed carjackers

Published May. 23 2017

Red Bank police are on the lookout for three, possibly four armed men who investigators believe are responsible for a...

Amnicola Highway crash pins man inside van during fatal crash

Published May. 19 2017

Allen A Brunet, a 36-year-old man, died when his van veered off the road and crashed into a tree.

Restaurants dinged for mystery milk, roaches and double-gloving

Published May. 18 2017

Roaches, mystery milk and bare-handing food are just a few of the reasons a handful of local restaurants got dinged...

Missing Soddy-Daisy teen's body found below bluff

Published May. 17 2017

Hamilton County deputies found the body of a teen who was reported missing yesterday in Sale Creek. The teen's body...

Morning wreck stalls traffic on I-75 South

Published May. 16 2017

Traffic is slowed on I-75 South at mile marker 10.

Two people struck by a vehicle on Market Street

Published May. 15 2017

Two people were struck by a vehicle Monday morning and transported to a hospital. The extent of their injuries was...

Franklin Graham coming to Coolidge Park tonight for free event with The Afters

Published May. 15 2017

Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, will appear tonight in Chattanooga's Coolidge Park as part of his Decision America...

The Tennessee River overflows its banks after floods force TVA to open spillways [video]

Published Apr. 24 2017

Parts of the Tennessee River overflowed its banks on Monday after TVA engineers opened spillways on the Chickamauga dam.

UPDATE: Strong storms expected to wallop East Tennessee as weekend starts

Published Apr. 20 2017

The National Weather Service predicts strong to severe storms could hit several counties in the Chattanooga region this afternoon and...

Health inspector catches employees not washing hands

Published Apr. 20 2017

Hamilton County's health inspector found that employees weren't washing their hands properly, found flies in the sink, and noticed that...

Man shot on Citico Avenue

Published Apr. 20 2017

A 35-year-old man was shot on Citico Avenue at 3:46 a.m. this morning, but did not provide any information to...

Tennessee may allow selfies at polling places after Justin Timberlake controversy

Published Apr. 13 2017

After Justin Timberlake came under fire for a selfie he took at a polling place encouraging others to vote, the...

UPDATE: Severe storm warnings no longer in effect for Chattanooga area

Published Apr. 4 2017

Severe storms and the threat of damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes are expected in the greater Chattanooga area today....

Champy's adds seventh restaurant as brand grows westward

Published Apr. 4 2017

A decade after taking a job as a server at Champy's in Chattanooga, Samantha Goonon has risen through the ranks...

Strong thunderstorms lash Chattanooga region

Published Mar. 27 2017

A low pressure system moving into the Tennessee Valley will produce strong to severe thunderstorms in scattered areas across the...