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 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...

Hamilton County backs down on new nonprofit financial oversight rules

Published Jul. 19 2017

The Hamilton County Commission has made an about-face on new rules it implemented last month which would require certain nonprofits...

City Council delays vote on stance about whether state should intervene in struggling schools

Published Jul. 19 2017

The Chattanooga City Council postponed Tuesday a vote on its stance about whether the state should intervene in five of...

Chattanooga City Council to delay vote on state oversight of struggling schools

Published Jul. 18 2017

The Chattanooga City Council will delay a vote concerning its position on state oversight plans for five struggling Hamilton County...

Chattanooga City Council weighs in on special school district

Published Jul. 18 2017

Chattanooga City Councilman Russell Gilbert wants the state "to slow it down" when it comes to creating a special oversight...

Residents complain to Chattanooga City Council about sewage storage tank plan

Published Jul. 17 2017

Chattanooga's efforts to relieve sewage overflows near Hixson Pike have tanked with local residents.

More than 170 Southern Baptists tackling projects for needy, disabled and elderly [photos]

Published Jul. 16 2017

World Changers has reached the midpoint of its two-week summer home repair ministry in Chattanooga.

Hamilton GOP chairman to seek county judge appointment

Published Jul. 14 2017

Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Joe DeGaetano has announced he will step down from his post so he can seek...

Hamilton County nonprofit oversight rules spark response from Dallas Bay Fire Department

Published Jul. 12 2017

The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department just wants to clear the air about Hamilton County's new financial oversight rules for...

'Small cell' technology expected to fast-track Chattanooga's broadband connectivity

Published Jul. 12 2017

Chattanooga is on its way to laying down ground rules for expanding the city's wireless infrastructure.

Alton Park greenway connection on Chattanooga City Council table

Published Jul. 9 2017

Chattanooga hopes to create a $2.2 million Alton Park greenway connection from a stretch of abandoned CSX rail line.

Fears voiced during health care town hall at Chattanooga Public Library

Published Jul. 9 2017

Jean-Marie Lawrence says she doesn't want anyone's pity, she just wants to be able work hard and live the American...

Fatal Marion County crash victim identified

Published Jul. 7 2017

A jack-knifed tractor trailer crash on Interstate 24 westbound in Marion County has forced the interstate to shut down.

World Changers kicks off home repair volunteer program next week

Published Jul. 7 2017

World Changers, a Southern Baptist home repair ministry, returns to Chattanooga to take on three dozen projects around the city...

Hamilton County says Humane Educational Society still has to play by new money oversight rules

Published Jul. 5 2017

Hamilton County says the Humane Educational Society is still on the leash for new county financial oversight rules for certain...

Holiday visitors to Chattanooga area parks express diverse views on patriotism

Published Jul. 5 2017

A majority of Americans say they are proud to call the United States their home, but still have concerns about...

'In God We Trust' plates now available in Hamilton County

Published Jul. 4 2017

The Hamilton County Clerk's Office has announced it may now issue standard vehicle registration plates which include the words "In...

New reservation system on the table for Hamilton County parks

Published Jul. 4 2017

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation may get an online facelift, complete with an overhauled reservation system.