Zack Peterson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-756-6900
E-mail: zpeterson@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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.

VIDEO: Black pastors call for Hamilton County sheriff's resignation after alleged roadside brutality

Published Jul. 22 2019

A group of Hamilton County pastors called Monday for the immediate resignation of Sheriff Jim Hammond and two of his...

Citing violent 'death row' conditions in Hamilton County Jail, attorney requests transfer for RICO defendant while DA requests TBI investigation

Published Jul. 16 2019

Citing secret beatings, an untreated suicide attempt, a year of solitary confinement and limited access to legal materials, an attorney...

NAACP: Wednesday's police body-cavity search of suspect was aggravated rape

Published Jul. 13 2019

Chattanooga's NAACP is calling for accountability following the beating and body-cavity search of a black man by two white Hamilton...

VIDEO: Two Hamilton County deputies on leave after man says he was strip searched, hit during traffic stop

Published Jul. 12 2019

An African American citizen says two Hamilton County sheriff's deputies strip searched and hit him during a roadside traffic stop,...

Former Chattanooga police officer accused in covering up rape allegation is ordered to appear before grand jury

Published Jul. 11 2019

A retired, high-ranking Chattanooga police officer accused of helping cover up a rape allegation that are being investigated by multiple...

Judge rules Janet Hinds violated conditions of release, raises bond and increases number of random drug tests

Published Jul. 11 2019

Janet Hinds violated her conditions of release, must post bail on an increased bond, and will be subjected to one...

State open records counsel says closed-door meeting for former East Ridge police chief appears to be proper

Published Jul. 11 2019

The Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel confirmed earlier this week that a closed-door hearing for former East Ridge Police...

Fired East Ridge police chief contests termination in meeting closed to the public

Published Jul. 9 2019

East Ridge, Tennessee, officials held a closed-door hearing Tuesday for a former police chief who is contesting his firing from...

Chattanooga funeral director sues cemetery, says she was injured when headstone fell on her

Published Jul. 3 2019

A Chattanooga funeral home director is suing a cemetery, alleging that a headstone fell on her during a visit in...

Judge says he will not rule on Janet Hinds' bond and schedules another hearing next week

Published Jul. 1 2019

Janet Hinds will remain in jail without bond - at least for now - after allegations she violated her release...

Judge rules probable cause met in false reports case against Chattanooga woman who said her ex-boyfriend kidnapped, tortured her

Published Jun. 28 2019

A 22-year-old woman's charge that she gave false information in a kidnapping and aggravated domestic assault case involving her ex-boyfriend...

Tennessee attorney general files amended lawsuit against Texas law firm accused of deceiving Woodmore crash victims

Published Jun. 25 2019

Following an evidence dispute and an unsuccessful attempt to settle the case, lawyers with the Tennessee Attorney General's Office want...

Chattanooga man receives 15-year sentence in plea agreement for fatal 2016 club shooting

Published Jun. 19 2019

A Chattanooga man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal 2016 club shooting and agreed to a...

Attorney asks judge to suppress evidence in fatal Highway 111 crash involving former Hamilton County reserve deputy

Published Jun. 18 2019

An attorney for a former Hamilton County reserve deputy accused of being under the influence during a fatal car wreck...

Chattanooga woman sentenced to 25 years for man's 2016 overdose death

Published Jun. 17 2019

A 38-year-old woman charged with second-degree murder and the unlawful sale of fentanyl in a man's 2016 fatal overdose received...

Settlement could be on the way in 2018 Chattanooga traffic stop beating lawsuit

Published Jun. 14 2019

Attorneys have agreed to mediate in an alleged police brutality lawsuit brought earlier this year by a 37-year-old man who...

Top of the Class: McCallie graduate sends thank-you notes to everyone who has helped him

Published Jun. 14 2019

This fall, 18-year-old Harrison Stuart will attend Vanderbilt University, where he hopes to either study economics or enter a pre-medicine...

Judge denies post-conviction petition by Unjolee Moore for second time; attorney says he plans to appeal

Published Jun. 13 2019

A judge has dismissed a 33-year-old man's post-conviction petition in a 2010 robbery-turned-murder for a second time, but Unjolee Moore's...

Defense attorney says Waffle House shooting of officer and civilian was accidental

Published Jun. 11 2019

A defense attorney for the 26-year-old woman charged in a shooting incident that injured a Chattanooga police officer and a...

District Attorney Neal Pinkston honored by Chattanoooga-Hamilton County NAACP

Published Jun. 10 2019

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston has been awarded the local NAACP's Thurgood Marshall Award in the area of law...