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 Mayor Jim Coppinger endorses governor hopeful Randy Boyd

Published Sep. 22 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger has endorsed Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd in his bid to become Tennessee's next governor.

Food packaging ok'd for Chattanooga curbside recycling

Published Sep. 22 2017

Chattanooga has expanded its curbside recycling program to include food packaging items.

Chattanooga police talk pensions, gangs with city council

Published Sep. 20 2017

The reinvigorated pension fund for Chattanooga's fire and police personnel means a lot to those who serve.


Chattanooga City Council receives police department report today

Published Sep. 19 2017

Although the Chattanooga City Council regularly receives reports from the police department, today marks the first one since David Roddy...

Erosion study proposed for Renaissance Park

Published Sep. 19 2017

The Chattanooga City Council will vote today whether it will enter into a stream bank erosion agreement with the United...

Esther Helton seeks District 30 representative seat

Published Sep. 18 2017

East Ridge City Councilwoman Esther Helton has announced she seeks the Republican nomination for the Tennessee House of Representatives District...

Extra work for Hamilton County Clerk's Office earns $868,300 in excess fees

Published Sep. 18 2017

The Hamilton County Clerk's Office has announced it has turned over $868,300 in excess fees to Hamilton County's general government.

Kids First Coupon Books on sale now

Published Sep. 8 2017

It's Kids First Coupon Book time again.

Commission votes to put Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in charge of Silverdale

Published Sep. 7 2017

It's a new day for the Silverdale Correctional Facility and CoreCivic, the contractor that operates it on behalf of Hamilton...

Hamilton County Commission approves tax hike, relief for elderly, disabled

Published Sep. 6 2017

The Hamilton County Commission has approved a tax hike to meet $225 million in capital education, economic development and jail...

Budget, tax hike clear first hurdle in Chattanooga City Council

Published Sep. 6 2017

Chattanoogans are one vote away from taking on a tax hike.

UPDATE: Chattanooga City Council approves 2018 budget by 8-1 vote on first reading

Published Sep. 5 2017

The Chattanooga City Council has approved 2018 budget by 8-1 vote on first reading. Councilman Chip Henderson voted against the...


Mayor's proposed 2018 budget up for Chattanooga City Council vote

Published Sep. 5 2017

The Chattanooga City Council plans to debate and vote on Mayor Andy Berke's 2018 budget proposal today.

Police chase brings 'a little excitement' to Signal Mountain neighborhood

Published Sep. 5 2017

It takes more than a high-speed chase onto his property to call off a Labor Day get-together for Larry Bascom.

Forecasters predict sunny Labor Day after Harvey's remnants blow through

Published Sep. 1 2017

Forecasts call for warm and sunny days in the Chattanooga area after remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey blow through this...

Mayor's tax hike plan cautiously received by Hamilton County Commission

Published Aug. 31 2017

Many Hamilton County commissioners said they have not decided if they will vote for Mayor Jim Coppinger's plan to raise...

Hamilton County Commission to consider tax hike

Published Aug. 30 2017

Mayor Jim Coppinger formally presents his property tax plan to Hamilton County Commission this morning.

Hamilton County mayor proposes property tax hike to fund school, jail and sewer projects

Published Aug. 30 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger is proposing to raise taxes for most county property owners for the first time in...

Hamilton County Commission to consider $100 million investment in schools

Published Aug. 30 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger has put $100 million on the table for Hamilton County Schools' construction and repair needs,...

Southside Community Park opens

Published Aug. 30 2017

Often described as an eyesore, the site where the Charles A. Bell Elementary School was formerly located sat dormant for...