Paul Leach (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6481
Paul Leach is a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Leach covers government in the Chattanooga area. He previously covered Bradley County.

UPDATE: Tornado watch lifted for Chattanooga area; flash flood watches still in effect for some Georgia counties

Published Jun. 23 2017

A tornado watch has been issued for multiple counties in the greater Chattanooga area.

UPDATE: Hamilton County detectives determine Sale Creek shooting accidental

Published Jun. 23 2017

Hamilton County deputies and detectives are investigating a shooting incident in the 100 block of Leggett Road in Sale Creek....

Hamilton County Commission calls for some nonprofits to adopt county spending policies

Published Jun. 22 2017

Despite its quiet reception last week, a majority of Hamilton County commissioners is backing a resolution requiring the Chattanooga Convention...

Chattanooga to pay county trustee's office more to handle collection of hotel-motel taxes

Published Jun. 21 2017

For 15 years, Chattanooga has paid the Hamilton County Trustee's Office $30,000 a year to handle the collection of the...

Bagwell City neighborhood residents raise stink over sewage overflows [photos]

Published Jun. 19 2017

Bagwell City neighborhood residents hate sewage overflows, but they're also not too crazy about the city's plan to fix the...

Chattanooga Fire Department seeks spare gear to fight cancer risks

Published Jun. 18 2017

Chattanooga firefighters say a simple change of heavy protective gear can improve their odds at beating cancer-causing threats such as...

Chattanooga's historic treasures move to UTC library after failure of Chattanooga History Center

Published Jun. 15 2017

Among the items originally intended for the Chattanooga History Center are more than 100 years of personal and family papers,...

Hamilton County Commission to consider nonprofit financial policies

Published Jun. 15 2017

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd wants the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau to use county purchasing and travel policies.

Malfunction causing delays with vehicle renewal forms

Published Jun. 14 2017

The Hamilton County Clerk's Office has announced a mechanical mailroom malfunction may be to blame if you haven't received a...

Commissioner calls for Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau to adopt county expense policies

Published Jun. 14 2017

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd would like to see the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau use county procurement and travel...

Short-term vacation rentals ignite sharp debate across Chattanooga region

Published Jun. 14 2017

On Lookout Mountain and in the valley, at almost the exact same time Tuesday afternoon, a couple of residents raised...

City Council punts on Airbnb rules as school officials raise concerns over child predators

Published Jun. 13 2017

After nearly a year of struggling, the Chattanooga City Council almost voted on new regulations governing short-term vacation rental operations...

Hamilton County asks for more jailers in budget proposal

Published Jun. 13 2017

Even though Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger already wants to talk money for schools for 2019, the county commission still...

Miller Park to close July 10 for makeover [photos]

Published Jun. 11 2017

Chattanooga will close 40-year-old Miller Park next month to re-create it.

Riverbend cooks up plenty for hungry visitors [photos]

Published Jun. 11 2017

In the rising heat of Saturday afternoon, two things fill the air down at Ross's Landing: Don Felder's wailing guitar...

Hamiton County Commission receives 2018 budget proposal

Published Jun. 8 2017

The Hamilton County Commission has voiced little enthusiasm for hiking property taxes in any way, shape or form.

East Ridge seeks input for possible public transportation expansion

Published Jun. 7 2017

East Ridge and Chattanooga Area Regional Transport Authority officials want the city's residents and business owners to weigh in on...

Hamilton County budget again has no property tax hike for school funding

Published Jun. 7 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger will formally present the 2018 budget proposal to county commissioners today.

No Hamilton County property tax increase proposed in 2018 budget

Published Jun. 6 2017

The proposed Hamilton County budget for 2018 does not include a property tax increase.

Free medical clinic draws hundreds to Red Bank [photos]

Published Jun. 4 2017

The Red Bank High School gym bubbled with conversation while a hundred people waited their turn in a dentist's chair...