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.

Alabama man charged for allegedly having sex with a child less than 12 years old

Published Mar. 27 2017

Benjamin Shawn Baugh, 39, is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old,...

Victim in Hamilton Place shooting identified

Published Mar. 27 2017

The victim the the nonfatal shooting Sunday night at Hamilton Place Mall has been identified while Chattanooga police continue the...

Authorities seek information in 2016 beating death of Grundy County mother

Published Mar. 26 2017

The woods in the Ross Creek area of Grundy County, Tenn., might still have been wet from showers on the...

Sequachee Valley Electric Coop says no outages remain from Tuesday storms

Published Mar. 24 2017

Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative officials report no outages remaining from the storms earlier this week.

Tennessee authorities say two recent officer-involved shootings still under investigation

Published Mar. 24 2017

Investigations are continuing in two of four officer-involved shooting incidents that happened since July 2016 in the rural Tennessee and...

Dunlap police charge woman with abusing 74-year-old

Published Mar. 24 2017

Police in Dunlap, Tenn., have charged a local woman with abusing a 74-year-old woman after police and medical workers found...

More details released after mother, daughter killed in separate traffic incidents

Published Mar. 23 2017

A DeKalb County, Ala., family is reeling after a 39-year-old Valley Head mother and her 8-year-old daughter were killed Tuesday...

Polk County officials seek identity of two people in burglary probe

Published Mar. 22 2017

Authorities in Polk County, Tenn., are seeking help identifying two people being sought in connection with two burglaries under investigation...

More chickens in Alabama confirmed with 'low-pathogenic' avian flu

Published Mar. 22 2017

Alabama agriculture officials say chickens at a poultry operation in Pickens County and a backyard flock in Madison County have...

UPDATE: Mother, daughter killed in separate traffic incidents within 30 minutes of each other

Published Mar. 22 2017

Alabama authorities are continuing investigations into two fatal traffic incidents that happened within 30 minutes and seven miles of each...

Sequachee Valley Electric Coop reports 1,200 still without power [photos]

Published Mar. 22 2017

Mike Partin posted an update on his Facebook page reporting that 1,200 coop members were still without power.

Avian flu confirmed in guinea fowl from Scottsboro flea market

Published Mar. 18 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday confirmed the presence of the H7N9 avian influenza virus in a guinea fowl...


Tennessee court denies former Graysville police chief's appeal

Published Mar. 17 2017

Former Graysville, Tenn., police chief Jason Erik Redden was free on bond pending the outcome of his appeal but is...

'Stop movement' order issued after avian flu suspected in Jackson County chickens

Published Mar. 16 2017

Alabama agriculture officials and the state veterinarian on Tuesday issued an order to stop movement of poultry in the state...

Pregnant Alabama teen charged with raping underage father of her baby

Published Mar. 15 2017

A pregnant 19-year-old Hollywood, Ala., woman is charged with rape after she signed up for state assistance and listed a...

Hearing set today in Rhea County, Tenn., shaken baby case

Published Mar. 14 2017

A Cumberland County, Tenn., man accused of battering a 7-month-old Rhea County girl faces a hearing today in General Sessions...

Scottsboro's Highland Medical Center cuts 26 jobs

Published Mar. 13 2017

A reduction in patient admissions and declining reimbursements led last week to the elimination of 26 positions at Highland Medical...

Dayton voters weigh in on package stores in April

Published Mar. 13 2017

The April 19 ballot will be the first with a question on package liquor stores since Dayton passed liquor-by-the-drink four...

Man missing in Weiss Lake found almost three months after fatal crash

Published Mar. 10 2017

A Weiss Lake fisherman on Wednesday found the body of the fifth victim of a deadly December plunge into the...

Missing body of last crash victim found from December SUV plunge into Alabama lake

Published Mar. 9 2017

The body of Bobby Shore, the Alabama man who went missing in a car crash into Weiss Lake in Cherokee...