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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Astec Industries was one of the biggest losers on Wall Street Tuesday after the Chattanooga-based paving and construction equipment maker reported lower-than-expected earnings for the first quarter.

Home sales in Chattanooga were down 4.8 percent last month compared with the year-ago levels.

Synovus, the parent company of Cohutta Banking Co. in Chattanooga, said today its first quarter net income rose nearly 28 percent from the previous quarter to $45.9 million, or 5 cents per share.

A decline in international sales cut earnings for Astec Industries Inc., in the first quarter of 2013 below analysts expectations and year-ago levels.

Growing up in a two-bedroom home as one of eight siblings in rural North Carolina, Dallas Bunton learned early in life what it was like to be poor and have bill collectors knocking at the door.

After many homeowners paid record high power bills through the winter, electric customers will get a bit of a spring reprieve next month.

Investors should expect more volatility and lesser returns this year than they enjoyed last year, but investing in stocks should still pay off again this year, market strategist Bob Doll says.

Cleveland, Tenn., businessman Allan Jones will continue his efforts to buy the assets of the bankrupt Hardwick Clothes Inc., even though he says he is having to fight claims by a government agency that is helping to insure the company's former retirement plan.

Cleveland, Tenn., businessman Allan Jones said today he will continue his efforts to buy the assets of the bankrupt Hardwick Clothes Inc., even though a federal court ruled Thursday that he can recover only about a third of what he expects to spend arranging the purchase in the event the assets are sold to another party.

As head of one of America's last remaining domestic suit makers, Tommy Hopper was where he had hoped his family's business would never be on Thursday — in federal bankruptcy court trying to sell the struggling business to save the 135-year-old company.

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