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.

Snow, icy roads, bitterly cold temperatures trigger school closings in Chattanooga region

Published Jan. 17 2018

Snow reached the Chattanooga region a bit later than expected Tuesday, but it was still enough to justify school and...

UPDATE: Deep freeze on the way as snow showers continue; list of Chattanooga area closings and delays

Published Jan. 16 2018

Even though the winter weather system got here a little late, the mid-morning arrival of light snow across the Chattanooga...

Water woes persist in Copperhill, Tenn., McCaysville, Ga.

Published Jan. 16 2018

Though there has been no shortage of rain, drinkable water has been in short supply in Copperhill, Tenn., and McCaysville,...


Two suspects in custody in Bradley County after multi-county chase

Published Jan. 15 2018

A man and woman are in custody in Bradley County after leading authorities on a multi-county chase that included McMinn,...

Cleveland, Tenn., Mayor Tom Rowland gives final State of the City address

Published Jan. 11 2018

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, in his 26th and final annual State of the City address on Thursday, lauded the accomplishments...

Alabama sheriff spies three suspicious Georgians during lunch

Published Jan. 10 2018

Three Georgia residents on Tuesday raised Cherokee County, Ala., Sheriff Jeff Shaver's suspicions during lunchtime.

Body found at Winchester, Tenn., park triggers homicide probe

Published Jan. 9 2018

The discovery Monday of a man's body in a vehicle parked at a small city park in Winchester, Tenn., has...

UPDATE: Warmer, wetter weather is on the way after slippery start to week

Published Jan. 9 2018

After a skidding, sliding start across the region early Monday with a 35-car pile-up near Ringgold, Ga., and crash backups...

UPDATE: 15 people injured in 35-car pileup on I-75

Published Jan. 8 2018

Icy weather conditions are making roads slick across the Chattanooga region this morning.

Experts: Lying about military service not uncommon, rarely prosecuted

Published Jan. 3 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court deemed lying about military service or medals a matter of free speech when in 2012 it...

No charges filed in shooting that left one dead in Marion County, Tenn.

Published Jan. 2 2018

No charges have been filed in the fatal shooting Monday night of a man on Dancing Fern Road in Marion...

Chase, crash in Grundy leaves suspect hospitalized, deputy with minor injuries

Published Dec. 31 2017

A 66-year-old Grundy County man with a history of fleeing police crashed into a deputy's cruiser during a pursuit Saturday,...

Vietnam veteran's claim of 9 Purple Hearts raises questions

Published Dec. 31 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Times Free Press in November 2016 published a story that included information about Vietnam veteran Stephen D....

Woman found dead in Grundy County suspect's car had been shot

Published Dec. 28 2017

A 20-year-old woman found dead inside a car connected to an officer-involved shooting last weekend was shot, according to preliminary...

UPDATE: Suspect in Grundy County officer-involved shooting being held without bond

Published Dec. 26 2017

Authorities on Tuesday released a few details about charges handed down in last weekend's officer-involved shooting in the Flat Branch...

Man shot, woman found dead following officer-involved shooting in Grundy County

Published Dec. 24 2017

A woman is dead and a man is recovering from a gunshot wound after a pursuit led to shots being...

Nursing home trio sentenced for allowing ants to bite patient in Cherokee County, Ala.

Published Dec. 12 2017

Three former workers at a Cherokee County, Ala., nursing home have been sentenced for allowing an elderly, bedridden patient to...

Rhea County, Tenn., man indicted on 12 counts of child rape

Published Dec. 12 2017

A Rhea County, Tenn., man already accused of producing child porn with a local victim now has been indicted on...

Man wanted on Alabama murder charge arrested in Georgia

Published Dec. 5 2017

A man being held in a Paulding County, Ga., jail is facing murder charges in Cherokee County, Ala., after a...

Skyline, Ala., stabbing suspect 'is on the loose'

Published Nov. 30 2017

Authorities in Jackson County, Ala., say one man is hospitalized with a stab wound and another remains at large with...