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.

New film premiering at Tennessee Aquarium illustrates local streams like never before

Published Mar. 21 2019

Jeremy Moore, founder of Freshwaters Illustrated, discusses his latest film "Hidden Rivers," which will premiere at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX...

How to travel abroad on a dirtbag budget

Published Mar. 1 2019

The Southeast is known for its outdoor adventure, from its sandstone crags to its steep creeks to the countless miles...

Lula Lake's new executive director is no stranger to local conservation

Published Mar. 1 2019

Cody Roney settles into her role as the new executive director of Lula Lake Land Trust.

Backpacker Chris Pickering shares his essential gear list

Published Mar. 1 2019

Backpacker Chris Pickering shares his essential gear list — gear that helps him survive on the trail for months at...

Bird nerds: Do you know the true meaning behind the term 'wingman'?

Published Mar. 1 2019

You know what they say — "Birds of a feather flock together."

Naturalist Note: Why honeybees explode during sex

Published Mar. 1 2019

Why do honeybees explode during sex?

Three itineraries to help you plan an overnight river trip

Published Mar. 1 2019

An afternoon on the water is never enough. So why not stuff your dry bags, fill your water jugs and...

Naturalist Note: The sum of our parts

Published Feb. 27 2019

There is an ant hill in my front yard, and I love to watch it. Yup, I am that girl...

Why more pet owners are feeding their dogs like wolves

Published Feb. 25 2019

Dry dog kibble is like cereal, says Colleen Smith, doctor of veterinarian medicine at Chattanooga Holistic Animal Institute. And would...

Making strides: A blind triathlete and her guide dog

Published Feb. 4 2019

Meet the blind Chattanooga runner and her new guide dog, specially trained by Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Chattanooga area high school sweethearts share secrets on how they've lasted for all these years

Published Jan. 28 2019

This month, Chatter spoke with four married couples, all high school sweethearts, who shared with us their stories, words of...

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.