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's long-awaited Southside Community Park opens

Published Aug. 23 2017

After years of planning, Southside Community Park stands ready for people to meet and play.

Councilman Chip Henderson calls for considering Confederate Cemetery options

Published Aug. 22 2017

City Councilman Chip Henderson wants to know more about Mayor Andy Berke's recent request to remove Chattanooga as a trustee...

Chattanooga City Council confirms David Roddy as new police chief [photos]

Published Aug. 22 2017

For newly confirmed Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy, it's time to take a close look at what's next for the...


Chattanooga City Council ratifies David Roddy as police chief

Published Aug. 22 2017

The City Council ratified David Roddy as Chattanooga's new police chief on and 8-1 vote, with Russell Gilbert opposing.

Athens locals and tourists have 'lifetime experience' viewing eclipse

Published Aug. 22 2017

Shouts, cheers and weeping filled a packed Athens Regional Park when the sun went away for a few minutes on...

Crowds gather for solar eclipse in Athens, Tenn.

Published Aug. 21 2017

They have come from all over to watch the sky go out when the eclipse casts its shadow over Athens...

Crowd marches for immigrant youth protections [photos]

Published Aug. 20 2017

Well over 100 people marched and chanted in downtown Chattanooga on Saturday in support of government programs allowing immigrant youth...

Chattanooga 2018 budget includes workforce development office

Published Aug. 20 2017

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke seeks to boost the economy through a trio of new positions to develop the workforce, reuse...

Immigrant youth march announced for Saturday

Published Aug. 18 2017

Chattanooga will host a march Saturday in support of immigrant youth.

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