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.

Hamilton County commissioners to consider school needs

Published Mar. 26 2017

Hamilton County commissioners Tim Boyd and Sabrena Smedley have called a special public meeting for Wednesday morning, but they don't...

Ken Smith subtly, but publicly, announces possible 2021 mayoral run

Published Mar. 25 2017

Chattanooga City Councilman Ken Smith has subtly, but publicly, announced he is taking a serious look at a mayoral run...

Tennessee government weighs competing bills regarding Airbnb regulations

Published Mar. 24 2017

Competing bills dealing with how to regulate home-based short-term rentals continue to wind their way through Tennessee General Assembly committee...


Chattanooga Councilman-elect Anthony Byrd leaves Hamilton County courthouse job

Published Mar. 22 2017

Anthony Byrd is leaving a 22-year career in the Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk's Office so he can serve on...

Chattanooga to put reappraisal bill to rest for 2017

Published Mar. 22 2017

With a little more paperwork, Chattanooga will be off the hook for a proposed $557,000 appraisal bill for 2017.

UPDATE: EPB still working to restore power some customers [photos]

Published Mar. 21 2017

A severe storm system thrashed the Chattanooga area with high winds and rain Tuesday evening, leaving downed power lines and...

Early voting starts Wednesday for Chattanooga runoff election

Published Mar. 21 2017

Early voting starts Wednesday for the 2017 Chattanooga municipal election runoff, with a pair of City Council seats on the...

Hamilton election commissioners recommend new election cycle for Chattanooga

Published Mar. 11 2017

In light of low voter turnout this week, some Hamilton County election commissioners are calling for Chattanooga to bundle its...

Early voting hours set for Chattanooga runoff election

Published Mar. 10 2017

The Hamilton County Election Commission has approved the ballots and early voting hours for the Chattanooga runoff election.

Officials cite voter fatigue for low voter turnout in mayoral election

Published Mar. 10 2017

Hamilton County's political party chiefs are still crunching Chattanooga election voter data, but no one contests the races for mayor...

Hamilton County commissioner balks at Highway 58 affordable housing tax break

Published Mar. 9 2017

The Hamilton County Commission has offered little assurance it will back a 15-year tax break for a proposed $17 million...

Hamilton County commissioners not hopeful for new school construction money

Published Mar. 9 2017

Hamilton County Commissioner Sabrena Smedley just wants her colleagues and the county school board to work with each other, not...

Berke defeats three challengers in re-election bid, wins 64 percent of the vote

Published Mar. 7 2017

Andy Berke seized tonight the Chattanooga mayor's seat for the second time, coming out on top in a four-way race.

Bradley County Commission won't stand against state gas hike

Published Mar. 7 2017

Most Bradley County commissioners say they don't think it's their business as a body to tell state lawmakers how to...

Olivet Baptist Church pastor recognized for lifetime of service

Published Mar. 5 2017

Bishop Kevin Adams, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, will receive a President's Lifetime Achievement Award today in Atlanta.

Last-day surge leads to increased turnout for early voting in local election

Published Mar. 3 2017

Early voting has ended for the Chattanooga city election, with a last-day surge bumping polling numbers up a little higher...

Hamilton County Commissioners sidestep involvement in East Ridge deal

Published Mar. 1 2017

Hamilton County commissioners don't want to divide a pot of capital project money, and they sure don't want to get...

Hamilton County Commission nixes splitting bond money pot

Published Mar. 1 2017

Most Hamilton County commissioners don't want to split what's left of $900,000 in available capital bond money for their individual...

Commission Vice Chairman Greg Beck wants to split $900,000 bond pot

Published Mar. 1 2017

With requests coming in for chunks of the $900,000 Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger essentially gave to the County Commission...

Chattanooga City Council wary of water quality program rate study

Published Feb. 28 2017

The Chattanooga City Council wants to know if a hike is in store for its water quality fee, previously known...