Ben Benton


phone: 423-757-6569




Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education.

Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage.

He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School.

Benton has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the the University of Tennessee.

In 2003, he won first place for Best New Photograph in Group III of the Tennessee Press Association contest. He also placed fourth for Best News Story the same year.

Ben previously worked at The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens, Tenn., The Herald-News, in Dayton, Tenn., and at the Knoxville Journal, in Knoxville.

Ben lives in Chattanooga with his wife, son and father. He has been a Chattanooga resident since 1988.

Contact Ben at 423-757-6569 and at bbenton@timesfreepress.com.

Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/BenBenton.

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A single-car crash on state Highway 108 in Marion County early Sunday claimed the lives of two Grundy County residents

Monroe County, Tenn., officials have four months to fill the county sheriff’s position after Randy White’s August election was voided by a Chancery Court order.

The Coffee County, Tenn., man accused in the 2012 slaying of 24-year-old Tullahoma nursing student Erika Megan Sharpton faces a court hearing in November on his motion to withdraw his guilty plea to a murder charge.

Newly-elected Monroe County Sheriff Randy White is out of a job after a ruling by a Chancery Court judge voided his August election to the post.

A Tullahoma, Tenn., man who named himself a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, and threatened to burn his neighbors' homes and behead them remains behind bars in Coffee County awaiting a date in court.

Even after he knew he was under investigation, authorities said a Dayton, Tenn., man continued to view child pornography at his home, where he is said to have amassed thousands of illegal images.

A Dayton man is due in federal court tomorrow for a bond hearing on child porn charges after his arrest by Rhea County and federal authorities.

No court dates are set and the men charged in a DeKalb County, Ala., slaying remain behind bars without bond in the Saturday shooting death of a 36-year-old Fyffe man, according to officials.

Scientists and engineers in the tri-state region working on a future Mars mission will test their mettle in December with a space shot.

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