Ben Benton (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6569
Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia and Northeast Alabama. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties. Ben was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. He has a bachelor's degree in communications from the the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2014, he placed third in the Green Eyeshade Awards for Disaster Coverage- All Dailies for his story on the South Pittsburg flood, and third place in the Specialized Site category for the newspaper's Civil War 150th anniversary online special section. Ben previously worked at The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens, Tenn., The Herald-News, in Dayton, Tenn., and at the Knoxville Journal, in Knoxville, Tenn. Ben, a lifelong UT fan, lives in Chattanooga with his wife, Lisa, and has been a Chattanooga resident since 1988. Ben has one son, Benjy, who works in town as a web developer. When he's not working, Ben likes to cook and hit the backroads in search of barbecue and the region's natural beauty. Contact Ben at or or or 423-757-6569.

Renovation set to begin this month on Sequoyan Birthplace Museum [photos]

Published Jul. 23 2017

VONORE, Tenn. — After more than three decades, the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is getting a long-awaited update, with work starting...

One charged, two recovering in robbery, stabbing in Skyline, Ala.

Published Jul. 22 2017

A Woodville, Ala., man is jailed and two other men are recovering from stab wounds after a robbery this week...

Pikeville's long-empty former Dura plant building sold

Published Jul. 21 2017

After years of waiting and hoping a new tenant would come along for the former Dura Automotive plant building in...


Arrest made in Thanksgiving Day pharmacy burglary in Grundy

Published Jul. 20 2017

Authorities in Grundy County, Tenn., have made an arrest in a pharmacy burglary from Thanksgiving Day 2016, officials said.

Indiana child sex suspect sought in Bledsoe County

Published Jul. 19 2017

Officials said this morning that an Indiana man sought in Bledsoe County since early Tuesday on child sexual assault charges...

Hearing set for Wednesday in Polk County child abuse case

Published Jul. 18 2017

A 25-year-old Polk County, Tenn., mother will be arraigned this week on a charge of aggravated child abuse and neglect...

Statue for lawyer in famous Dayton, Tenn. Scopes Trial unveiled [photos]

Published Jul. 15 2017

Darrow defended Scopes, who was convicted and fined $100, but the Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the decision in 1927 because...

Darrow statue unveiling draws crowd but no protesters

Published Jul. 14 2017

A bronze of Clarence Darrow today joined his Scopes Trial adversary in front of the Rhea County Courthouse.

Sunday stabbing in Jackson County, Ala., leaves one man dead, another jailed

Published Jul. 11 2017

A 20-year-old Jackson County, Ala., man was bleeding from a stab wound to his neck when he pulled into the...

Scopes Monkey Trial: Darrow statue dedication set for Friday

Published Jul. 11 2017

When the sun rises Friday, Clarence Darrow will stand opposite his "Scopes Monkey Trial" foe, William Jennings Bryan, on the...

Georgia teen killed Saturday at High Falls in Alabama

Published Jul. 10 2017

Authorities in DeKalb County, Ala., say an 18-year-old was killed after jumping from a cliff at High Falls Park near...

Bledsoe County double homicide case now a year old

Published Jul. 10 2017

It's been a year and four days since Robbin Martin and James Songer were found shot dead at the home...


Rules, important dates set for liquor store applicants in Dayton, Tenn.

Published Jul. 9 2017

Folks hoping to apply for one of the limited slots to operate a liquor store in Dayton, Tenn., have until...

Body found Tuesday in Etowah identified as missing teen

Published Jul. 6 2017

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the body found in Etowah, Tenn., Tuesday afternoon as that of an 18-year-old...

Police seek identity of body found in Etowah

Published Jul. 6 2017

Authorities in Etowah, Tenn., and the TBI hope a medical exam can determine the identity of a woman whose body...

Summerville, Ga., man killed in Alabama crash

Published Jul. 5 2017

A Summerville, Ga., man was killed Monday in a single-car crash.

Nickajack, Chickamauga dams opening for public tours for first time since 9/11

Published Jul. 4 2017

Nickajack Dam's lock on the Tennessee River will be the first of two local dams to open for a public...

New manager named for Cloudland Canyon State Park

Published Jul. 3 2017

Brad Gibson's ties to the Chattanooga region are deep enough he sees the move as a logical step for his...

Dangers growing with popularity of paddle sports [photos]

Published Jul. 2 2017

Paddle sports, including canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, are growing, and so are the dangers when enthusiasts cross paths with...

Tullahoma, Tenn., man jailed in death of 4-year-old boy

Published Jun. 30 2017

An investigation is continuing in Tullahoma, Tenn., where a man is behind bars on a homicide charge linked to the...