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.

Chattanooga officer accused of kidnapping, sexual battery hires ex-judge for defense

Published Dec. 7 2018

A Chattanooga police officer charged with kidnapping and sexual battery has hired former Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern as his...

Letter: Suspended East Ridge police chief being investigated for lack of leadership, hostile environment

Published Dec. 6 2018

A newly released letter sheds more light on why East Ridge officials are investigating suspended Police Chief J.R. Reed.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigating recent inmate death at Silverdale Detention Center

Published Dec. 5 2018

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a 27-year-old woman's death after she appeared to have hung herself while in...

Defense attorney: Substance abuse disorder likely a factor in choking case [video]

Published Dec. 4 2018

A Chattanooga man who says East Ridge police officers choked him unconscious and stunned him during a recent arrest has...

Second student in 2015 Ooltewah High School rape settles federal case

Published Dec. 3 2018

A second 2015 Ooltewah High School sex assault victim has settled a civil case with the Hamilton County Department of...

Donations bring community fund one step closer to bailing someone out

Published Dec. 3 2018

With nearly $30,000 in donations, organizers of a newly formed Chattanooga bail fund say it's one step closer to its...

CPD wanted to fire Chattanooga police officer who drove city vehicle drunk, but he threatened to sue

Published Nov. 30 2018

A Chattanooga police officer drove his city vehicle drunk, stumbled through a parking lot and got back behind the wheel...

After video showing East Ridge police choking out a suspect, new policy doesn't mention previously banned chokeholds

Published Nov. 28 2018

As part of their yearly training, East Ridge police officers used to stand before a now-retired instructor who would read...

East Ridge Police Chief J.R. Reed placed on administrative leave

Published Nov. 26 2018

East Ridge Police Chief J.R. Reed was placed on administrative leave Wednesday.

Road to sainthood: Catholic Church seeks OK to exhume priest who died in 1878 while tending sick during Chattanooga epidemic

Published Nov. 25 2018

At the top of Mt. Olivet Cemetery, with the sun shining at his back and the sound of afternoon traffic...

Judge orders Hamilton County Schools to pay $103,274 in student disability rights case

Published Nov. 23 2018

The Hamilton County Department of Education has to pay a family roughly $103,000 in a landmark student disability rights case,...

New crime bill could give more discretion to federal judges, Chattanooga attorneys say

Published Nov. 19 2018

Some Chattanooga attorneys say an expansive criminal justice effort that hangs in the balance in Washington would give judges more...

Video shows man tased in the testicles, choked by East Ridge police

Published Nov. 19 2018

Christopher Penn didn't know where he was or what was happening.

Anthony Byrd to host 'Coffee with a Councilman' on Harriet Tubman rezoning, Lincoln Park preservation efforts

Published Nov. 15 2018

District 8 constituents interested in the Harriet Tubman rezoning and Lincoln Park neighborhood preservation effort can discuss it with their...

Prosecutors dismiss vandalism, assault charges against former Chattanooga radio host Jeff Styles

Published Nov. 15 2018

Prosecutors dismissed vandalism and aggravated assault charges Thursday against a longtime Chattanooga radio host.

Following Nashville's lead, Chattanooga watchdog group renews call for police oversight board

Published Nov. 13 2018

A local watchdog group is renewing its call for a community oversight board that would allow citizens to investigate alleged...

Happening today: Gratefull Chattanooga gets underway at 11:30 a.m.

Published Nov. 12 2018

A 240-foot potluck designed to bring Chattanoogans from all walks of life together is returning next week for its fifth...

Hamilton County Drug Court participants, graduates raise money for children this holiday

Published Nov. 11 2018

Hamilton County Drug Court participants and graduates are paying it forward this holiday season to those most affected by their...

Hamilton County Drug Court receives $500,000 federal grant, hopes to put it toward new program

Published Nov. 7 2018

A second drug court program in Hamilton County will have an easier time getting off the ground after receiving a...

A look at election results in Hamilton County's surrounding cities

Published Nov. 6 2018

Councilman Brian Williams will be East Ridge's next mayor after a breezy victory Tuesday evening over his opponent.