Submit a Letter to the Editor

Please send a Letter to the Editor to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Chattanoogan online newspaper and the Cleveland Daily Banner.

Here are a few tips in writing letters:

  • Keep them short. Letters to the Times Free Press should be 200 words or less. The Chattanoogan does not have a word limit, but "less is more" in terms of readability. The Cleveland Daily Banner prefers letters of 500 words or less.

  • Keep them simple. The issue with the TVA has many tentacles. Focus on whatever the one or two things about what the TVA is doing that motivate you to take a few minutes and compose a letter.

  • Letters to the Chattanooga Times Free Press or the Cleveland Daily Banner must include your name, address and telephone number. A phone number is required in case the editors need to clarify a point from your letter. The Chattanoogan requires your name and location, such as Hixson or Ooltewah or Chattanooga.

You can mail your letter to the Times Free Press at 400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403; fax it to 423-757-6383; or e-mail the letter to Letters to The Chattanoogan should be e-mailed to Feel free to put a short headline on top of your letter. Letters to the Cleveland Daily Banner can be mailed to P.O. Box 3600, Cleveland, TN, 37320; or e-mailed to

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Write Your Elected Officials

One of the most effective actions a citizen can take is to take the time to write their elected officials.

Here are the addresses of key elected leaders we encourage you to write.

Sen. Lamar Alexander

900 Georgia Ave # 260,

Chattanooga, TN 37402

Sen. Marsha Blackburn

10 West M. L. King Blvd., 6th Floor

Chattanooga, TN 37402

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann

900 Georgia Avenue Suite 126

Chattanooga, TN 37402

Sen. Mike Bell
261 County Road 757
Riceville TN 37370

Sen. Todd Gardenhire
PO Box 4506
Chattanooga TN 37405

Rep. Dan Howell
252 Chestoee Trail NW
Cleveland TN 37336

Rep. Mike Carter
425 5th Avenue North
Suite 632 Cordell Hull Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243