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.

Tennessee finalizes plan to use Volkswagen's $45.7 million in settlement money

Published Sep. 21 2018

State officials have finalized a plan to use money from a settlement with Volkswagen to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) in...

Youth Mountain Bike Racing series pulls events from Enterprise South Nature Park

Published Sep. 19 2018

A youth mountain biking racing series has pulled all its events from Enterprise South Nature Park after an incident Saturday...

Finalists selected for Walker County 'Shark Tank'-style pitch competition

Published Sep. 18 2018

Three finalists were named for Walker County, Georgia's "Shark Tank"-style pitch competition to being held Thursday at the county's civic...


Grant aims to help make Walker County cleaner

Published Sep. 18 2018

A state grant will help Walker County, Georgia, officials offset some of the cost of the county's new litter prevention...

Lake sturgeon raised at Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute released into the wild

Published Sep. 18 2018

A thousand baby lake sturgeon being monitored, fed and raised at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute were released over the...

Local runner battling cancer turns to art as athletic career comes to close [photos]

Published Sep. 17 2018

Nathan Sexton spends most days in his guest room-turned-art studio, sitting at a wooden desk in the white room with...

Mercury found in Chattanooga home

Published Sep. 15 2018

A contractor water-proofing a basement in the 900 block of Oak Street discovered mercury in the home last weekend.

Jellyfish exhibit at Tennessee Aquarium being replaced

Published Sep. 14 2018

One of the Tennessee Aquarium's most popular exhibits will be replaced Monday after a nine-year run.

Chart of what can/can't be recycled to be mailed to Chattanooga recycling customers

Published Sep. 12 2018

Chattanooga's Public Works department is addressing one of the biggest problems facing the city's recycling program with an educational program...

Several Chattanooga neighborhoods added to list of country's most toxic places

Published Sep. 11 2018

Several Chattanooga neighborhoods have been added to a list of the U.S.'s most toxic places.

New fishing regulations proposed in Tennessee to combat Asian carp

Published Sep. 10 2018

Three species of fish could face new regulations as Tennessee officials attempt to limit the spread of Asian carp.

Sequatchie Valley's first paragliding competition held this week

Published Sep. 5 2018

Paragliding has been slow to grow in the Chattanooga area due to the success of hang gliding, Hanning said, but...

Zip line course opens at Camp Jordan in East Ridge

Published Sep. 3 2018

A zip line course and challenge area opened this weekend at Camp Jordan thanks to a partnership between outdoor education...

Outdoor amenities become focus for Chattanooga area retirees

Published Sep. 3 2018

A 10-mile hiking trail sculpted atop Jasper Mountain lines the Cumberland Plateau. Below, hundreds of square miles of valley paint...

The historical element behind several Chattanooga area mountain bike trails

Published Sep. 1 2018

Before mountain bike trails were built in Chattanooga — and before mountain biking was a widespread activity — much of...

Tennessee Aquarium listed as one of the top 10 aquariums in the world

Published Aug. 31 2018

The Tennessee Aquarium has been ranked as one of the 10 best aquariums in the world.

At least three women have accused a Chattanooga police officer of rape as more allegations arise

Published Aug. 30 2018

Two additional women have accused Chattanooga police officer Desmond Logan of criminal misconduct while serving in his role as an...

Chattanooga to install litter trap in local creek

Published Aug. 29 2018

The city of Chattanooga plans to install a large litter trap at a high-visibility local creek in the next nine...

Cyclists new to racing find success at River Gorge Omnium

Published Aug. 27 2018

Former University of Georgia diver Ansley Long began cycling less than a year ago, using the sport as a competitive...

Pair get married on rafts on Ocoee River

Published Aug. 27 2018

On a recent Sunday afternoon, Matt Price and Stefanie Maser hopped on a loaded Raft One paddling outfitter bus and...