About Lance Coleman
BiographyLance Coleman was born and raised in Soddy-Daisy, near Chattanooga and graduated with an English Education degree with a minor in history and communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
After a short stint as a teacher, he took a job as a reporter at what is now the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper. He worked there five years, four of which he got to cover police beat.
In January of 1999, Coleman took a couple years off from working as a reporter. He returned to the industry in December of 2000 when he was hired as a police/courts and military reporter at the Daily Times in Maryville.
In January of 2005, he joined the staff at the Scripps weekly Blount Today and worked there seven years as a reporter and then editor.
Coleman did issue and analysis pieces, human interest stories, community news and features focused on Maryville and surrounding communities.
Coming to the Knoxville News Sentinel is longtime career goal for Coleman.
Police: Bean Station pharmacy victims shot execution-style
Published 05/24/2013 at 10:25 p.m.
The four people in a Bean Station drug store obeyed when a former police officer held them at gunpoint Thursday morning and ordered them to kneel behind a counter, officials said.
Powerful thunderstorms may rake East Tennessee this afternoon
Updated 05/21/2013 at 3:55 p.m.
KNOXVILLE — A line of thunderstorms packing 60 mph winds with the potential for large hail is making its way across Middle Tennessee and should hit East Tennessee later this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Sheriff, district attorney close Gibbs High dead animal prank investigation
Updated 05/21/2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Knox County authorities have closed the investigation into a senior prank at Gibbs High School involving dead animals.
Newport man arrested, charged with sexual battery of teen
Updated 05/21/2013 at 6:36 p.m.
A 40-year-old Newport, Tenn., man who allegedly sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter surrendered Monday night to authorities, officials said.
FreedomFest returning to Alcoa
Published 05/18/2013 at 8:29 p.m.
It has been four years since FreedomFest drew crowds to the Alcoa Duck Pond. On June 29, the fireworks and the Fourth of July fun return, officials said.
Children's Festival of Reading dodges rain, draws crowd
Published 05/18/2013 at 6:02 p.m.
The way Cage and Kelly Beals’ friends described the Children’s Festival of Reading, it’s not wonder they brought their 4-year-old daughter, Ruby, to get in on the fun Saturday at World’s Fair Park.
Algae, dead ducks: Solution sought for Fountain City Lake woes
Published 05/17/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Over the course of a month, Amy Lyon of North Knoxville said she’s seen at least 10 dead ducks floating in the duck pond at Fountain City Park.
Animal care group president: Hanging dead animals at high school a problem, not a prank
Published 05/16/2013 at 4 a.m.
Hanging dead animals by their hind legs on the grounds of Gibbs High School is not a prank, it’s a problem, said one animal care organization president after seven carcasses including that of raccoons and opossums were discovered early Wednesday.
Gibbs principal: Hanging animals on campus a prank, not racial
Published 05/15/2013 at 11:57 a.m.
KNOXVILLE — Some seniors at Gibbs High School may not get to walk during graduation Thursday evening after a prank left at least five animals strung up by their hind legs at various places around campus today, principal Lynn Hill ...
Cause of Seymour Flea Market fire ruled accidental
Published 05/14/2013 at 8:46 p.m.
KNOXVILLE — Authorities on Tuesday ruled that the fire that engulfed a Sevier County flea market and antique store was accidental.
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