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.

Five arrested during Chattanooga Women's March [video]

Published Jan. 19 2019

A tense women's march in Chattanooga led to five people arrested.

I-24 West re-opened after tractor trailer crash

Published Jan. 19 2019

I-24 westbound is closed at the ridge cut at mile marker 182 after a crash involving a jack-knifed tractor trailer.

Wastewater worries: Hamilton County faces hefty pricetag in confronting its runoff problem

Published Jan. 17 2019

Millions of gallons of sewage-tainted stormwater runoff flows through Hamilton County's creeks and into the river that provides water to...


Tennessee American Water, CGLA partnership showing girls career possibilities [photos]

Published Jan. 15 2019

Ten girls poked through leaves, searching for tiny critters hiding in a temporary habitat in bins on tables in a...

Governor-elect Brian Kemp holds final victory tour stop in Dalton, Ga.

Published Jan. 13 2019

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp went to the Dalton Golf & Country Club Saturday morning to thank Northwest Georgia voters for helping...

Chatt City Suites residents receive extension to find housing, according to Chattanooga Housing Authority

Published Jan. 11 2019

Chattanooga Housing Authority leaders and managers of Chatt City Suites have reached an agreement to ensure residents aren't homeless next...

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series returning after last year's success

Published Jan. 10 2019

Those who made New Year's resolutions to get outside - and others interested in hiking new trails - are in...

Search crews locate plane that crashed into Chickamauga Lake; both victims recovered

Published Jan. 10 2019

After four days of searching, two victims were recovered Thursday afternoon from the wreckage of a small plane crash in...

Chickamauga Battlefield fares relatively well as national parks experience overload from government shutdown

Published Jan. 4 2019

Used toilet paper, trash and feces are piling up in some U.S. national parks as a government shutdown continues.

Chattanooga Housing Authority to release 100 vouchers to help those displaced from Chatt City Suites

Published Jan. 4 2019

Chattanooga Housing Authority will release 100 vouchers to residents to help those displaced from Chatt City Suites.

Anger, confusion surround sudden closure of Southside's Chatt City Suites

Published Jan. 3 2019

There is resentment and confusion surrounding the sudden closure of Chatt City Suites in Chattanooga's Southside.

2018 sets record for most rain in Tennessee Valley [photos]

Published Jan. 2 2019

A rainy end to December catapulted 2018 into the top 10 wettest years on record, and it didn't stop there.

Hincapie expanding Gran Fondo in 2019, thanks in part to Chattanooga success

Published Dec. 24 2018

For more than a decade, Chattanooga officials have worked meticulously to create a reputation as a premier outdoor sporting events...

Both Chattanooga climbing gyms overhaul youth climbing scene [photos]

Published Dec. 24 2018

Both climbing gyms in town will overhaul their youth climbing programs amid a personnel shakeup that saw High Point Climbing...

Three shot on Saturday before Christmas in Hamilton County

Published Dec. 22 2018

Three shootings were reported in Hamilton County Saturday afternoon and evening stretching from Soddy-Daisy to downtown Chattanooga to a car...

UPDATE: Man who said he was shot in road rage incident was actually shot by person in his own car, police say

Published Dec. 22 2018

A man who only identified himself as a 30-year-old from Chattanooga was shot while driving on Interstate 24 through town...

Person shot, suspect arrested Saturday afternoon in Soddy-Daisy

Published Dec. 22 2018

One person was arrested and another taken to a local hospital after a shooting Saturday afternoon in Soddy-Daisy.

Signal Point closed, National Parks unstaffed during government shutdown

Published Dec. 22 2018

Signal Point is closed until further notice due to the government shutdown.

Tennessee adopts emergency action plan to address chronic wasting disease

Published Dec. 20 2018

Tennessee Fish and Wildlife commissioners implemented a six-step emergency action plan today that includes an additional hunting season in part...

More deer in Tennessee test positive for chronic wasting disease

Published Dec. 20 2018

Ten deer in Fayette and Hardeman counties have been confirmed as positive with chronic wasting disease (CWD). The deer preliminarily...