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.

Rhea authorities arrest two men in gas station robbery

Published Jun. 23 2017

Rhea County authorities arrested two suspects in a robbery from the Deli Mart/Gulf Station in Evensville that happened around 2...

Whitwell man sought for kidnapping in Marion caught in Dade after multi-county chase

Published Jun. 23 2017

After a multi-county pursuit, authorities in Dade County, Ga., have a Whitwell, Tenn., man in custody.

Body found in Sequatchie in April identified as missing Chattanooga woman

Published Jun. 23 2017

The body found in Sequatchie County, Tenn., in April along State Highway 111 has been identified as a Chattanooga-area woman...


Police: Man arrested in Marion County after shooting his fleeing mom with AR-15

Published Jun. 20 2017

A Marion County, Tenn., woman is hospitalized for a gunshot wound and her son is behind bars after he reportedly...

Trenton woman killed in Monday crash in Bryant, Ala.

Published Jun. 20 2017

A single-car crash claimed the life of a Trenton, Ga., woman early Monday when her 2007 Chevrolet HHR left the...

Victim identified in fiery crash Sunday night in Bradley

Published Jun. 20 2017

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the truck driver killed Sunday night when his vehicle struck a car abandoned on...

Scottsboro, Ala., man jailed on attempted child abuse charges in peeping Tom case

Published Jun. 20 2017

A 40-year-old Alabama man has been arrested on an attempted child sexual abuse charge for allegedly peeping into an occupied...

Rhea County couple charged with abuse face separate arraignments

Published Jun. 18 2017

The Rhea County, Tenn., couple arrested after investigators found them keeping a 5-year-old child harnessed to a bolt in the...

Jury finds Whitwell woman guilty of reckless homicide in 2015 death of 5-year-old

Published Jun. 17 2017

A Franklin County, Tenn., jury on Friday found a Whitwell woman guilty of reckless homicide and aggravated assault in the...

Two die in two-car crash in Rainsville Thursday

Published Jun. 16 2017

Authorities in Alabama said two DeKalb County residents lost their lives in a two-car crash Thursday on Alabama Highway 35...

Officers could hear developmentally challenged 5-year-old boy locked in a room yelling 'hungry, hungry'

Published Jun. 14 2017

A 5-year-old developmentally challenged Rhea County, Tenn., boy was being alternately locked in a room and harnessed to a bolt...

Mom, boyfriend allegedly locked 5-year-old in room and harnessed him to the floor

Published Jun. 13 2017

Two people are charged in Rhea County, Tenn., in a case of child abuse.


Whitwell chief's mother, stepfather and former city manager charged in TBI theft ring probe

Published Jun. 12 2017

The TBI theft ring probe that last week landed the Whitwell police chief in jail now has led to charges...

It's snake season; here's what you need to know

Published Jun. 12 2017

They've been slithering out from under rocks and other hiding places since early spring, and now is the time of...

Whitwell chief faces arraignment June 23 on nine counts in TBI investigation

Published Jun. 10 2017

Officials involved in the investigation that led to a nine-count indictment against former Whitwell (Tenn.) police Chief Rodney Easterly remained...

Whitwell police chief placed on leave after charges of tampering, theft, possession

Published Jun. 9 2017

The city of Whitwell has a new interim police chief in the wake of the arrest of 46-year-old James Rodney...

The Bridge at Monteagle nursing home dinged in audit

Published Jun. 9 2017

The Tennessee Comptroller's Office released a report this week with two recommendations that a Monteagle, Tenn., nursing home refund almost...

Civil War Trust kicks off 2017 annual conference in Chattanooga today

Published Jun. 7 2017

Just as they were more than 150 years ago, Chattanooga and Chickamauga will be at the center of the War...

Tennessee Gov. Haslam formally signs gas tax, transportation measure at I-24 'split' [photos]

Published Jun. 6 2017

The state's plan to revamp the Interstate 75/Interstate 24 interchange was the kick-off project as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam held...

Haslam touts IMPROVE Act's impact on taxes and infrastructure work at I-24 'split' and beyond

Published Jun. 5 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that the IMPROVE Act's impact on Tennessee taxes and infrastructure marks an historic milestone...