Mark Wiedmer (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6390
Mark Wiedmer started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press on Valentine's Day of 1983. At the time, he had to get an advance from his boss to buy a Valentine gift for his wife. Mark was hired as a graphic artist but quickly moved to sports, where he oversaw prep football for a time, won the "Pick' em" box in 1985 and took over the UTC basketball beat the following year. By 1990, he was the newspaper's lead sports columnist, a title he still holds today after a couple of Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year awards and a box full of other honors. He joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Mark hails from Hopkinsville, Ky., and graduated from Centre College. Contact Mark at 423-757-6273. or

Wiedmer: Vols just might have what it takes to shock Gators

Published Sep. 16 2019

The closet football genius Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once...

Wiedmer: Former UTC star Isaiah Mack proving his worth to the Titans

Published Sep. 16 2019

It was supposed to be a winning Sunday all the way around for the Titans organization.

Wiedmer: Mocs' mistakes make a bad loss worse

Published Sep. 15 2019

A few Mocs did make plays that could have kept this closer, which also might have helped hold down the...

McCallie 4-0 after crushing Stellar Prep

Published Sep. 13 2019

McCallie junior linebacker John David Tessman said Blue Tornado coach Ralph Potter had a simple message for his team.

Wiedmer: No one deserves Hardwood Hero honor more than Joan Cronan

Published Sep. 11 2019

Unfortunately, Lamont Paris can far too easily recall the times cancer has directly touched his life.

Wiedmer: A UTC win wouldn't be the first shocking loss UT has experienced this season

Published Sep. 10 2019

A native of South Carolina, Rusty Wright didn't grow up rooting for University of Tennessee football.

Wiedmer: Vols may be 0-2, but Jeremy Pruitt delivers a winner at Knoxville Quarterback Club

Published Sep. 9 2019

Second-year University of Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt could have been forgiven for believing he was about to face his...

Wiedmer: Vols' misery spreads all the way to Braves Country

Published Sep. 8 2019

Chattanooga native Michael Smith has been the Atlanta Braves' security services officer for 17 years.

Wiedmer: Bad start to season has Vols in a heap of trouble

Published Sep. 7 2019

What now?

Wiedmer: Baylor's Doug Moser wasn't just any championship coach

Published Sep. 5 2019

Valentine's Day.

Wiedmer: UTC alumni on NFL rosters should attract more talent to the Mocs

Published Sep. 3 2019

Not all the victories a college football coach celebrates come on the field of play.

Wiedmer: This weekend's Braves-Nationals series could decide the NL East

Published Sep. 3 2019


Wiedmer: Vols must improve quickly to prevent another debacle

Published Sep. 2 2019

The bottom of the Southeastern Conference looks a little shaky at the moment .

Wiedmer: Could football Vols be headed for a very long season?

Published Sep. 1 2019

So much for going 12-0.

McCallie offense, defense sharp in win against Knoxville Webb

Published Aug. 30 2019

Over 35 high school football seasons as an assistant and head coach, McCallie's Ralph Potter estimates he has worked with...

Wiedmer: As Rusty Wright said, this UTC victory beats the alternative

Published Aug. 29 2019

No one ever knows what to expect from a first game. Especially when both teams have new coaching staffs.

Wiedmer: Coach Rusty Wright's old school approach makes sure UTC Mocs are no tackling dummies

Published Aug. 27 2019

Like almost everyone else eager to see college football return to action, new University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Rusty...

Wiedmer: Thompson's troubles are last thing football Vols needed to deal with

Published Aug. 26 2019

Could a pair of fake eyelashes derail an entire University of Tennessee football season?

Wiedmer: No matter what day of the week it is, Mocs ready for football season

Published Aug. 25 2019

For 99.9% of the Tennessee Valley, Saturday was Saturday, Sunday is Sunday and Monday will be Monday.

Wiedmer: Alabama-Oklahoma would be the ultimate CFP title game

Published Aug. 25 2019

Alabama-Clemson, V.