Dave Flessner


phone: 423-757-6340




Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press.

A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan.

Dave, a native of Lansing, Mich., joined the Times Free Press in 1999 after working for 19 years at The Chattanooga Times. He covers energy, business and special projects, including the Tennessee Valley Authority. Dave has previously covered police, county government, politics and education.

A 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan, Dave also studied economics at Michigan State University’s Graduate School of Business.

He has won more than a dozen journalism awards for business, breaking and investigatory reporting, including first place honors for education coverage in 2007 from the Tennessee Press Association, investigative reporting in 2006 and project reporting in 2005 from the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, deadlline reporting in 2002 from the Georgia Associated Press Association, and health care reporting in 2001 from the Tennessee Hospital Association.

Contact Dave at 423-757-6340 or dflessner@timesfreepress.com.
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KNOXVILLE — For the second consecutive year, the Tennessee Valley Authority is raising electric rates less than inflation.

Unemployment rose last month across the Chattanooga region, pushing the July jobless rate in metropolitan Dalton and a half-dozen area counties back into the double digits for the first time in a year.

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority will shut down the Allen coal plant in Memphis and build a new natural gas-fired power plant on the same site in the next four years.

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority will raise electric rates by 1.5 percent in October, marking the second consecutive year of such a rate increase.

Unemployment in metropolitan Dalton jumped back into double digits last month for the first time in a year as temporary plant layoffs in July more than doubled the number in the previous month.

TVA directors today will consider plans for a record capital budget of nearly $3 billion for fiscal 2015 to boost generation from new nuclear and gas plants and to clean up some of its existing coal-fired units.

A Japanese automotive supplier is buying the world's largest producer of ductile iron and gray iron castings. which operates a 250-employee plant in Etowah, Tenn.

A Houston company that plans to build a $2 billion transmission line from Oklahoma to Tennessee has gained approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to negotiate power rates and bilateral agreements for all of its proposed 3,500 megawatt electricity route.

A regional planning effort trying to plot strategy for the 16-county area for the next 40 years has gotten its first funding from outside of Hamilton County.

A Japanese automotive supplier is buying Waupaca Foundry, Inc., the world’s largest producer of ductile iron and gray iron castings which operates a foundry in Etowah, Tenn.

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