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.

Bail bondsman apologizes, gets back to work after suspension for courtroom outburst

Published Apr. 18 2019

An agent for one of the busiest bail-bond companies in Hamilton County has been reinstated to work after a recent...

Chattanooga prosecutors drop charges against man in 2017 homicide, attempted shooting

Published Apr. 17 2019

Chattanooga prosecutors dropped murder charges Tuesday filed against an 18-year-old man accused of shooting and killing one woman and injuring...

FBI arrests former Mountain View Chevrolet employee accused of kidnapping disabled customer, stealing $200,000 and forcing him to smoke crack

Published Apr. 17 2019

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said Tuesday they had arrested a Mountain View Chevrolet employee.

Lawsuits allege sexual harassment at same Chattanooga car dealership that employed man who was recently arrested on kidnapping, extortion charges

Published Apr. 16 2019

For Grace Aldrich, the harassment began shortly after she started working for Mountain View Chevrolet in Chattanooga in April 2018,...

Hearing for second man charged in fatal 2017 Renaissance Park shooting reveals evidence that led to charges

Published Apr. 15 2019

A possible confession on a police officer's body camera helped lead to a second arrest in a 2017 Chattanooga robbery-turned-homicide...

Chattanooga woman's near-eviction shows housing struggle for those with mental health flareups

Published Apr. 7 2019

Chattanooga Housing Authority employees found a disturbing scene when they entered Shirley Rhodes' apartment in November 2018: Grease on the...

Video shows police arresting wrong man, using stun gun and threatening to shoot his dog before arresting him

Published Apr. 3 2019

When the Chattanooga police officer arrived at Vance Street in April 2018, he was looking for a man named "Polo"...

Hamilton County commissioners choose attorney Gerald Webb as next General Sessions Court judge

Published Mar. 27 2019

The Hamilton County Commission made history Wednesday by voting for Gerald Webb to become the next judge in General Sessions...

Hamilton County Commission to vote on General Sessions Court judge replacement Wednesday

Published Mar. 26 2019

The Hamilton County Commission likely will vote in a replacement Wednesday for Judge Clarence Shattuck in General Sessions Court.

Federal judge dismisses claims brought by former Ooltewah High School teachers who say they were treated unfairly in the 2015 rape case

Published Mar. 26 2019

A federal judge Tuesday dismissed several claims brought by three Ooltewah High School teachers who believed they were treated unfairly...

Judge sends charges against Chattanooga man accused of shooting, taking vehicle from man who offered to help him to grand jury

Published Mar. 22 2019

A 22-year-old's charges that he shot a Good Samaritan multiple times, took his car and then crashed it are pending...

Lawsuit: Chattanooga airport officers detained man, his family because of his race while they were trying to rent a minivan

Published Mar. 21 2019

A Chattanooga man of Nigerian descent says he was improperly detained for nearly three hours at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport...

Former assistant football coach at Grace Baptist Academy indicted on sexual charges involving a minor

Published Mar. 21 2019

A former assistant football coach at Grace Baptist Academy has been indicted on sex charges involving a minor.

Nearly 20 lawyers pitch Hamilton County Commission to become next General Sessions Court judge

Published Mar. 20 2019

The Hamilton County Commission is one step closer to voting on a new General Sessions Court judge after interviewing nearly...

Family of Chattanooga police officer killed in hit-and-run sues driver for $10 million

Published Mar. 19 2019

Family members of Chattanooga police officer Nicholas Galinger have sued the woman charged with hitting and killing him.

Termination letter for East Ridge Police chief cites 'harrowing and disturbing environment'

Published Mar. 17 2019

The city of East Ridge terminated police Chief J.R. Reed after an investigation found a "harrowing and disturbing environment" inside...

Hamilton County judge scolded for not allowing a woman to drive to Atlanta for an abortion she has a legal right to

Published Mar. 14 2019

A Hamilton County Criminal Court judge sent a 23-year-old pregnant woman's request to travel to Atlanta for an abortion back...

Hamilton County judge sends charges against man accused of killing UTC student to grand jury

Published Mar. 12 2019

A Hamilton County judge on Tuesday sent a 20-year-old's charge that he killed a UTC student to a grand jury...

Hamilton County Commission accepting applications for General Sessions Court judge replacement

Published Mar. 7 2019

Hamilton County commissioners will begin accepting applications Friday for Clarence Shattuck's judgeship in General Sessions Court in the hopes of...

Lawsuit: Chattanooga Police Department previously cleared officer who is being investigated for possible assault in traffic stop

Published Mar. 6 2019

A lawsuit filed Monday alleges that Chattanooga Police Department officials previously cleared an officer of wrongdoing in a 2018 traffic...