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.

Sequatchie woman charged in Tuesday stabbing death of husband

Published Oct. 18 2017

A Sequatchie County, Tenn., woman is behind bars on allegations of stabbing her husband to death while she was on...

Meeks named head coach of Grundy County High School's football team

Published Oct. 18 2017

An interim head football coach has been named in Grundy County.

Rhea County man charged with producing, sharing child pornography

Published Oct. 18 2017

A 44-year-old Rhea County, Tenn., man is facing allegations of producing child pornography and sharing it with a sex offender...

Man who shot Sequatchie County, Tenn., deputy gets 26 years in prison

Published Oct. 14 2017

A man charged last year with shooting a Sequatchie County, Tenn., deputy was sentenced to 26 years in prison on...

Grundy County football players could be charged as adults in attempted rape case

Published Oct. 13 2017

Five Grundy County High School football players are charged with attempted aggravated rape after an assault on a freshman teammate...

Five Grundy County High School football players charged with attempted rape

Published Oct. 12 2017

Five Grundy County High School football players are charged with attempted aggravated rape after an assault on a freshman player...

McNairy County, Tenn., prosecutor arrested on drug, theft, misconduct charges

Published Oct. 12 2017

An assistant district attorney in McNairy County, Tenn., was arrested on drug and misconduct charges on Monday, according to a...

Hollywood, Ala., man sentenced to 45 years for woman's death

Published Oct. 11 2017

A 29-year-old Alabama man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the July 2016 slaying of an 88-year-old...

Dayton, Tenn., liquor store lottery stalls in court

Published Oct. 11 2017

The lottery to pick successful package liquor store applicants in Dayton, Tenn., has clogged up in court after a temporary...

TDOT's interstate 'Split' project hits the gas

Published Oct. 8 2017

In just over a year, motorists passing through Chattanooga on interstates 75 or 24 will start seeing orange barrels at...

Grand jury indicts two Rhea County men on rape charges

Published Oct. 7 2017

Rhea County grand jurors this week issued two indictments in separate cases charging two Dayton, Tenn., men with rape.

Skeletal remains found in Grundy County

Published Oct. 6 2017

Grundy County, Tenn., authorities are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains found on Friday.

Ider man who led Georgia and Alabama police on two-state chase released from hospital

Published Oct. 5 2017

An Ider, Ala., man who led authorities on a two-state chase after he robbed a pharmacy in Higdon, Ala., on...

Rhea County, Tenn., couple charged in child sex abuse case

Published Oct. 5 2017

A Rhea County, Tenn., couple has been charged in a child sexual abuse investigation.

Forest Service closes portions of Cherokee National Forest for plane crash investigation

Published Oct. 5 2017

The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that a portion of the Tellico Ranger District in the Cherokee National Forest in...

Colorado dad sought on McMinn County, Tenn., warrants in custody, son safe

Published Oct. 5 2017

The Colorado dad being sought on charges including kidnapping and domestic assault who disappeared Monday after picking his young son...

South Pittsburg, Tenn., authorities seeking suspect in Tuesday shooting

Published Oct. 5 2017

South Pittsburg, Tenn., authorities are seeking a man in connection with a Tuesday altercation that turned violent, with one man...

Man leads deputies from Grundy to Sequatchie in 13-mile chase

Published Oct. 4 2017

Grundy County, Tenn., authorities on Tuesday arrested a 32-year-old local man.

Colorado man believed to be with son, 7, sought on McMinn County criminal charges

Published Oct. 3 2017

A Colorado father with his young son in tow is being sought on McMinn County, Tenn., criminal charges.

Woman killed in Fort Payne trying to retrieve spilled items from the road

Published Oct. 3 2017

A Mississippi woman was killed Monday in Fort Payne, Ala.