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.

IRS sues East Ridge judge for $408,000 in unpaid taxes

Published Feb. 27 2017

The Internal Revenue Service claims East Ridge Judge John Chris Helton owes the agency over $408,000 in unpaid taxes, interest...

Mayoral candidate David Crockett to disclose campaign donations

Published Feb. 27 2017

Chattanooga voters might know about mayoral candidate David Crockett's stance on high-speed rail and economic development, but they don't know...

Fewer Chattanooga residents are registered to vote this year

Published Feb. 24 2017

Early voting numbers for the Chattanooga city election are tracking closely to 2013 numbers, but they have a ways to...


New rules on Chattanooga's trash disposal centers limits trips to 12 times a year

Published Feb. 24 2017

Chattanooga's going to put some limits on how often residents can dump their old appliances, furniture and other bulky trash...

Hamilton County Commission vice chairman wants to split $900,000 bond pot

Published Feb. 23 2017

Hamilton County Commission Vice Chairman Greg Beck says he just wants his district to get its share of special school...

Early voting underway for contested Chattanooga City Council races

Published Feb. 22 2017

Six out of nine Chattanooga City Council districts will be contested in the March 7 city election.

Chattanooga City Council approves tax break for Highway 58 apartments

Published Feb. 22 2017

The Chattanooga City Council has given the green light to a 15-year tax break for the Flats at Fifty-Eight, a...

Chattanooga City Council considers Highway 58 affordable housing tax break

Published Feb. 21 2017

The Chattanooga City Council is expected to decide today if it should give a 15-year tax break to a rent-restrictive...

Short-term rentals rules on tap for state lawmakers

Published Feb. 18 2017

State lawmakers have set the stage to grapple with the contentious issue of home-based short-term rental operations this legislative session,...

Hamilton County awaits final details of $6 million GE settlement

Published Feb. 16 2017

Like their Chattanooga City Council counterparts, Hamilton County commissioners have delayed voting on a $6 million settlement from GE Power.

Chattanooga City Council approves $750,000 in tools for police intelligence center

Published Feb. 15 2017

The Chattanooga City Council approved $750,000 in cameras, software and video networking tools for the police department's Real-Time Intelligence Center...

$6 million Alstom settlement vote delayed

Published Feb. 14 2017

The Chattanooga City Council will postpone its decision on a $6 million settlement from GE Power.


Chattanooga City Council to consider $6 million settlement from GE Power

Published Feb. 14 2017

The Chattanooga City Council decides today if it will accept a $6 million settlement from GE Power in connection to...

Mayoral hopeful claims Mayor Andy Berke stifled bullet train steam

Published Feb. 12 2017

Mayoral hopeful David Crockett blames Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke for slowing the city's momentum to getting a high-speed rail connection...

Early voting begins with 6 out of 9 City Council seats contested

Published Feb. 12 2017

Six out of nine Chattanooga City Council districts will be contested in the March 7 city election.

Andy Berke faces three challengers for Chattanooga mayor's seat as early voting begins

Published Feb. 11 2017

Chattanooga residents can cast their vote for one of four mayoral candidates today, Feb. 15, when early voting starts for...

Chattanooga City Council delays Tubman sewer project vote

Published Feb. 8 2017

The Chattanooga City Council wants more information before it lets the city ask for state grant money to partially pay...

Mayoral candidates offer plans to address Chattanooga crime

Published Feb. 8 2017

Crime has topped the priorities lists of all four of Chattanooga's mayoral candidates, but each has a somewhat different vision...

Chattanooga may seek grant for sewer line reroute at Tubman site

Published Feb. 5 2017

Members of a citizen public policy advocacy group want more answers about a proposed sewer relocation project for the former...

Hamilton County cities off the hook for reappraisal billing -- for now

Published Feb. 2 2017

The Hamilton County Commission has waived $772,764 in reappraisal costs owed by the county's 10 cities.