Sunny Montgomery (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6549
Sunny Montgomery writes for several Chattanooga Times Free Press publications including Chatter, Dining Out, Get Out Chattanooga, Live Well and Tennessee Valley Parents. She hails from Central Kentucky where she began her writing career as an alternative sports writer and where she first developed her love for the outdoors. Sunny is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and a certified Tennessee State Naturalist.

Five trends for 2019 likely to reshape Chattanooga's economy

Published Jan. 1 2019

In the past decade, Southeast Tennessee landed multi-billion-dollar investments from two German companies (Volkswagen and Wacker Chemical) and lured one...

More Hospitable: The Tennessee Valley abounds with hotels, restaurants

Published Jan. 1 2019

When it comes to Tennessee Valley's hospitality industry, the trend is more.

Naturalist Note: Life's fantastic potential

Published Jan. 1 2019

A preview of Chattanooga's Lookout Wild Film Festival, Tennessee's premier film fest for outdoor-lovers.


How to make this your best year yet

Published Dec. 26 2018

Ten years ago, while at a church service in Nashville, a man told Michelle Thompson, "God is going to start...

Naturalist Note: Choosing your dinosaur

Published Dec. 1 2018

Does free will exist?

Here's how Chattanooga penguins, birds, chimps give gifts

Published Dec. 1 2018

Not sure what Christmas gifts to buy for friends and family? Why not check out the hottest gift trends in...

One Small Act: How kindness transformed one homeless man's world

Published Dec. 1 2018

Jack Garrett is the kind of guy who feeds stray cats. Groundhogs, too.

The End of a Delicious Era

Published Nov. 25 2018

In August 2013, I moved to Chattanooga to write for Dining Out magazine.

Wishful Thinking

Published Nov. 18 2018

In my family, it has always been tradition to save the turkey's wishbone - to wish upon it, of course.

Naturalist Note: Life, death and the Canyon of Lodore

Published Nov. 4 2018

Reflections of life, death and grief in the Colorado's Canyon of Lodore

Naturally ...

Published Nov. 4 2018

I recently made the mistake of researching the actual definition of "natural flavor," commonly found on the ingredient lists of...

I tried to go five days without creating any waste. This is what happened.

Published Nov. 1 2018

According to the EPA, each American adult generates 4 pounds of garbage per day. Here is how to create less...


The Edwin puts the focus on local in every detail

Published Nov. 1 2018

The Edwin Hotel, Chattanooga's newest boutique hotel, is built on stories.

Civil War re-enactments are on the retreat. Why?

Published Nov. 1 2018

It was day two of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest fight of the American Civil War.

Dogs and Halloween candy don't mix

Published Oct. 21 2018

Three Halloweens ago, my dog Red ate an entire bag of Hershey miniature chocolates, wrappers and all. He spent the...

Picnic Perfect

Published Oct. 14 2018

Why is spring considered the picnic season? Why not fall, I wonder?

Sunnyism: The truth about tomatoes

Published Oct. 7 2018

My entire life, I have been forced to accept the tomato as a fruit.

Life Under the Wheel sends individuals with life-threatening illnesses to music festivals

Published Oct. 1 2018

Among the 36,000 people gathered at the 2018 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival in southern Florida, Jason Egli was almost...

Who are these Chattanooga street performers?

Published Oct. 1 2018

On a bright Sunday afternoon, a white-haired, moustached man stands on a downtown sidewalk and strums his banjo.

Naturalist Note: The view from planet Earth

Published Oct. 1 2018

I like to play this game, lately, where I pretend that I have just landed on Earth and am seeing...