Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
Zack is a Floridian who graduated Magna Sum Laude from the University of Florida before interning at the Tampa Bay Times. He's also worked at the Valley News in Lebanon, N.H., and the Gainesville Sun in Florida. He covers courts for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Man sues firm that runs Silverdale Detention Center, says officials neglected his injuries

Published Oct. 16 2018

A 44-year-old man says Silverdale Detention Center's medical officials neglected to treat a fractured jaw that required immediate surgery after...

Georgia judge sentences Chattanooga attorney to probation, inpatient treatment for 2016 arrest

Published Oct. 14 2018

A judge Friday sentenced a Chattanooga lawyer to 20 years probation and mental health treatment after finding him guilty of...

Prosecutors: RICO case defendants, witnesses fearful after FBI documents posted online

Published Oct. 12 2018

Concerns of retaliation are swirling among those involved in the state's 55-person gang racketeering case after FBI files describing parts...


Special judge rules against judicial candidate who sued contractor over political signs

Published Oct. 9 2018

A special judge dismissed Tuesday a claim by a candidate for a Hamilton County judgeship who says a man she...

Judge dismisses gang 'safety zone,' says gang validation forms are inadmissible [document]

Published Oct. 9 2018

A Hamilton County judge has dismissed the "safety zone" in East Lake Courts that aimed to penalize alleged gang members...

Community group launches bail fund to help defendants stuck in jail

Published Oct. 8 2018

In step with other major Tennessee cities and states, a Chattanooga group is starting a community bail fund to ensure...

Man pleads guilty to attempted second-degree murder in 2013 officer shooting

Published Oct. 5 2018

A Chattanooga man charged with shooting a police officer in 2013 pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges.

Judge says he'll privately review possible law enforcement communications in Ben Brewer case

Published Oct. 2 2018

As part of a convicted Kentucky driver's bid for a new trial in the 2015 Interstate 75 crash, a judge...

Judge reduces defendant's bond in 2009 murder case, but the defendant still can't make it

Published Oct. 2 2018

A judge has agreed to reduce a defendant's bond from $750,000 to $145,000 in a 2009 cold-case killing, though the...

One of RICO defendants facing death penalty pleads not guilty

Published Oct. 1 2018

Courtney High, one of the three men facing the death penalty for the 2016 death of a state's witness, pleaded...

Federal appeals court turns down Hamilton County Schools request for clarification in student disability case

Published Sep. 27 2018

A federal circuit court rejected a request Wednesday from a Hamilton County Schools attorney to clarify a recent decision it...

Hamilton County Schools reaches confidential settlement with one Ooltewah rape victim

Published Sep. 27 2018

Hamilton County Schools has settled a civil lawsuit with a former Ooltewah High School student.

Some RICO defendants forced to pay second bond or spend weekend in jail

Published Sep. 26 2018

A Chattanooga man recently spent five days behind bars on a bond he already paid, and others nearly met the...

Judge turns down post-conviction petition in 2010 robbery, murder

Published Sep. 26 2018

A judge Tuesday turned down Unjolee Moore's post-conviction petition seeking a new trial for a 2010 robbery-murder he says he...

Nine others join lawsuit against River Drifters restaurant

Published Sep. 25 2018

Nine other people joined a lawsuit Tuesday against River Drifters Bar & Grill in connection with contaminated drinking water that...

Soddy-Daisy man who confessed to killing his wife has charges sent to grand jury

Published Sep. 25 2018

A Soddy-Daisy man's charges that he shot and killed his wife during an argument in July have been sent to...

Judge appoints lawyers for men facing death penalty in gang racketeering case

Published Sep. 24 2018

A Hamilton County, Tennessee judge Monday appointed lawyers for three men who face the death penalty for allegedly kidnapping and...

Second drug court opens Tuesday in Hamilton County

Published Sep. 24 2018

A second drug court is opening Tuesday in Hamilton County, and officials hope it will help a subsection of traditionally...

Public defender: Father charged with killing son showed signs of psychological breakdown

Published Sep. 19 2018

A former Hamilton County corrections officer charged with fatally shooting his 15-year-old son in August showed signs of "psychological deterioration"...

Trial begins in 2011 whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Cleveland police officer

Published Sep. 18 2018

Nearly eight years ago, then-Cleveland, Tenn., detective Duff Brumley asked an area pharmacist to look into allegations that a Drug...