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.

Parents in Southside Chattanooga Lead Site urged to test children for elevated lead levels

Published Nov. 15 2018

Public health officials are concerned about the impact elevated lead levels across the Southside Chattanooga Lead Site will have on...

Citico Creek oil spill was result of contractor pumping fuel directly into creek

Published Nov. 15 2018

A contractor working for Norfolk Southern Railroad illegally pumped diesel fuel directly into Citico Creek early this year while repairing...

Chattanooga studying use of public space in Innovation District [document]

Published Nov. 14 2018

Volunteers will canvass Chattanooga's Innovation District Friday and Saturday to observe how people use public spaces in the city's downtown...


U.S. aquariums increase push to drastically reduce use of plastic straws

Published Nov. 12 2018

A coalition of U.S. aquariums, including the Chattanooga-based Tennessee Aquarium, is doubling-down on its attempt to drastically reduce the use...

Grand old-time music concert to be held at Tivoli to raise funds for Cumberland Trail

Published Nov. 12 2018

Old-time music and folklore will fill the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday night for one last grand concert series in Chattanooga...

Sawyer Road closed to Roberts Mill Road after SUV collides with utility pole

Published Nov. 10 2018

An SUV collided with a utility pole Saturday evening, leading to minor injuries for the driver and causing the closure...

UPDATE: Roofing material catches fire, quickly spreads in large commercial fire at Mueller Company

Published Nov. 10 2018

A roof being installed at a Chattanooga water works equipment supplier company caught fire Saturday afternoon.

Alleged thieves lead deputies on chase through Hamilton County while chucking stolen goods out windows

Published Nov. 10 2018

Three women led Hamilton County deputies on a high-speed chase through Hamilton County with a Mustang allegedly full of stolen...

Trump's Twitter use is innovative, pioneering presidential communication, political experts say

Published Nov. 9 2018

President Donald Trump's highly scrutinized Twitter use is innovative and will alter the way future leaders communicate with the electorate,...

Republicans hold power in state races [photos]

Published Nov. 6 2018

The Republican red wall held firm in Hamilton County's state House and Senate districts.

Hamilton County's public schools have never been tested for radon, second-leading cause of lung cancer

Published Nov. 5 2018

Hamilton County's public schools have never been tested for radon and are not scheduled to be tested.

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence visit Chattanooga; bring added attention to Senate race

Published Nov. 4 2018

President Donald Trump will arrive in Chattanooga this evening to speak at UTC's McKenzie Arena.


One of the world's largest caving conservancies opens headquarters in Chattanooga

Published Nov. 4 2018

One of the world's largest conservancies dedicated primarily to preserving caves has opened its headquarters on Signal Mountain.

5 things to know about Donald Trump and Mike Pence's visit to Chattanooga

Published Nov. 4 2018

Roads will be closed, lines will be long and Donald Trump's large conservative base in Tennessee will be exuberant as...

Lifelong Soddy-Daisy man played major role in key Vietnam battle

Published Nov. 4 2018

Lifelong Soddy-Daisy resident Vance Elliott was stationed in Vietnam in early 1965 as the U.S. engagement in the war drastically...

Local veteran has returned to Vietnam nearly 20 times to help humanitarian efforts

Published Nov. 4 2018

Roger Helle knew he needed to go back.

Head of the Hooch offers local rowers chance of a lifetime [photos]

Published Nov. 3 2018

The Head of the Hooch is one of the largest rowing regattas in the world and billed as 'The Last...

Chattanooga airport could experience delays due to Donald Trump, Mike Pence visit

Published Nov. 3 2018

Travelers flying from the Chattanooga airport tomorrow could experience delays due to the visit of President Donald Trump and Vice...

Qualifier for top fishing tournament taking place in Dayton, Tennessee

Published Oct. 26 2018

Fishermen dispersed beneath a purple October sky as their boats zipped across Lake Chickamauga in the early hours Thursday for...

ChattaJack, Triple Crown bouldering highlight year's final big outdoors weekend

Published Oct. 24 2018

This weekend will serve as an unofficial end-of-year celebration for the region's outdoor events as the weather gets colder and...