Mark Pace (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6659
Mark Pace covers the Chattanooga area's vibrant outdoors scene and environmental news for the Times Free Press. He was the recipient of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation's 2017 Conservation Communicator of the Year award and is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He has worked for the paper since Nov. 2015. Previously, he was the lead reporter for the Jersey County Journal and Calhoun News-Herald in the greater St. Louis area where he won first place at the Illinois Press Association for best news reporting and best general news photo. He studied at the Washington Journalism Center and interned as a business and political reporter for The Washington Times. Mark graduated from Lee University in May 2015 with a degree in journalism. He is from Dayton, Ohio.

Blackburn says Tennesseans are 'ready to move on from Mueller report'

Published Apr. 25 2019

Sen. Marsha Blackburn believes Tennesseans want to move past the Mueller report and pledged Thursday to focus her term on...

New report ranks Hamilton County as one of worst counties in Tennessee for air quality, but a local pollution control official disagrees

Published Apr. 24 2019

Hamilton County's air quality continues to suffer as a result of climate change as hotter temperatures negatively impact ozone levels...

White Oak Mountain Trail System expanding to add Hamilton County's first downhill mountain bike gravity trails

Published Apr. 23 2019

Southern Adventist University has been working quietly to grow its expansive trail network to include the county's first downhill mountain...

Chattanooga's 'Conservation Kid' adds to impressive year, publishes book about aquatic conservation, plastic pollution

Published Apr. 22 2019

Chattanooga nine-year-old Cash Daniels has made quite a splash in his year as an aquatic conservationist.

Girl falls off boulder near Signal Point Easter evening

Published Apr. 21 2019

Emergency personnel responded to one of the area's most popular hiking trails where a 12-year-old girl fell off a boulder...

In State of the City, Mayor Andy Berke addresses climate change, school safety, economic mobility [video]

Published Apr. 18 2019

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke outlined plans to address three hot-button national issues at a local level during his sixth annual...

Dayton, Tenn. fisherman wins Major League Fishing tournament on hometown Chickamauga Lake

Published Apr. 14 2019

Local angler Andy Morgan defeated the world's top 80 anglers to win the fourth leg of the inaugural Major League...

Hamilton County creating first comprehensive master plan for its parks system

Published Apr. 12 2019

Hamilton County is in the midst of creating a master plan for its parks system, marking the first comprehensive overview...

50th running of Chickamauga Chase features unique prizes this Saturday, benefits park system

Published Apr. 11 2019

More than a thousand runners and walkers will loop around the Chickamauga Battlefield Saturday morning for the 50th edition of...

Georgia man drowns while swimming at Little River Canyon near Fort Payne, Alabama

Published Apr. 11 2019

A man drowned Thursday morning while swimming in Little Falls at Little River Canyon National Preserve on Lookout Mountain near...

Decades-long lake sturgeon reintroduction program shifts to final stretch

Published Apr. 10 2019

A throng of spectators lined the boat ramp under the Market Street Bridge at the edge of Coolidge Park as...

New Sequatchie event will teach families overland skills to safely enjoy remote areas of Chattanooga region

Published Apr. 9 2019

A new event will teach families how to get off the grid and enjoy the unmarked beauty of the Chattanooga...

High-speed chase crosses state line into Alabama; ends in crash, arrest of Whitwell man

Published Apr. 7 2019

A high-speed chase involving a stolen vehicle ended with a crash and arrest in Hollywood, Alabama shortly after 1 p.m....

Many Appalachian residents don't believe climate change is real or caused by humans. But why?

Published Apr. 7 2019

Paul Barys stood in front of a TV camera. Behind him, a green screen tracked ominous weather patterns.

After raccoon sprays rabies-infected blood in woman's face, health officials urge Chattanooga residents to vaccinate pets

Published Apr. 4 2019

A rabid raccoon sprayed its rabies-infected blood in the face of a McKamey Animal Shelter employee earlier this year, causing...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee expected to sign 'ban on bans' bill as lawmakers eye statewide regulations on single-use plastics

Published Apr. 2 2019

There's a movement among a small group of Tennessee lawmakers to implement statewide regulations on single-use plastics after the Legislature...

Here's what likely caused the railing to collapse on the I-75 bridge in Chattanooga

Published Apr. 2 2019

What caused the railing to collapse on the I-75 bridge in Chattanooga?

Railing from I-75 South bridge collapses onto I-24/I-75 split, shutting down interstate Monday afternoon [photos, document]

Published Apr. 1 2019

The I-75 South ramp has been reopened to one lane.

Riverwalk will eventually expand north of the river, connecting Red Bank, others to trail system

Published Apr. 1 2019

Chattanooga's 25-mile paved trail system is expected to be fully connected by the end of the year, tying together decades...

Former Decatur, Tennessee, officer charged following SWAT standoff

Published Mar. 31 2019

A former Decatur Police Department officer was charged following a SWAT standoff at his home Saturday evening.