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.

Chattanooga City Council meets with police chief pick, amends off-road vehicle noise rule

Published Aug. 16 2017

The Chattanooga City Council made a few tweaks to a new off-road vehicle noise ordinance Tuesday and got in some...

City Council considers off-road noise rule tweaks

Published Aug. 15 2017

The Chattanooga City Council may make a few tweaks to a proposed off-road vehicle noise ordinance Tuesday evening.

Chattanooga reconsiders sewage storage tank plans

Published Aug. 15 2017

Chattanooga has decided to take a second look at plans for a number of wet-weather sewage storage tanks, which have...


Bagwell City sewage tank to be relocated

Published Aug. 14 2017

The Fairfax Heights and Bagwell City neighborhoods have won the battle to keep a 7.5-million wet-weather sewage storage tank out...

Judge Andrew Hairston seeks Alabama Ninth Judicial Circuit seat

Published Aug. 14 2017

Judge Andrew Hairston, a Republican, has announced his candidacy for Alabama's Ninth Judicial Circuit.

Hamilton County Clerk's Office sees rise in vehicle registrations

Published Aug. 14 2017

The Hamilton County Clerk's Office has announced vehicle registrations are up by 3.4 percent compared to this time last year.

Chattanooga set to curb off-road vehicle noise [photos[

Published Aug. 14 2017

Chattanooga is one vote away from a new regulation to squelch off-road vehicle noise on residential property.

Chattanooga mayor showcases affordable housing efforts [photos]

Published Aug. 10 2017

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke credits partnerships between public and private interests with growing affordable housing opportunities across the city.

Chattanooga City Council questions long-term tech, court spending

Published Aug. 9 2017

The Chattanooga City Council has asked whether the amount of money it spends on city court, public works and technology...

A look at the East Lake Park renovations and timeline

Published Aug. 6 2017

East Lake Park could be reborn by this time next year.

UPDATE: Man wounded in Dodson Avenue drive-by identified

Published Aug. 5 2017

Chattanooga police said victim refused medical treartment

Child hurt in Bradley County ATV crash

Published Aug. 5 2017

Driver lost control and vehicle flipped, authorities say

World's Longest Yard Sale brings the fun to Signal Mountain

Published Aug. 5 2017

The Highway 127 Yard Sale — dubbed the World's Longest Yard Sale — brought customers from near and far to...

Medal of Honor museum finds a home in Chattanooga

Published Aug. 3 2017

The Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center launches its veterans charter membership campaign today to establish itself as...

Chattanooga property tax bills would increase under proposal

Published Aug. 1 2017

Chattanooga may shave 3 cents off the property tax rate it has had on the books for seven years, but...

Chattanooga City Council considers new rules to limit off-road vehicle noise

Published Aug. 1 2017

Chattanooga may curb off-road vehicle noise in the near future.

Chattanooga enlists economic development organization for help with Miller Park overhaul [photos]

Published Jul. 30 2017

The recently churned ground of Miller Park marks the first step in Chattanooga's new vision for the 40-year-old landmark and...

Chattanooga City Council votes to request more time on plan for struggling schools

Published Jul. 26 2017

The Chattanooga City Council, for the most part, has backed a public stance on giving Hamilton County Schools some time...

Hamilton County to shut down garbage drop-off in Soddy-Daisy

Published Jul. 24 2017

After 40 years, Hamilton County will close the gates at the Sequoyah Transfer Station — the last county-operated garbage drop-off...

Hamilton County Commission reverses nonprofit oversight money rules

Published Jul. 20 2017

It only took the Hamilton County Commission a month to back down from new financial oversight rules it put in...