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.

One killed Tuesday in Bledsoe County crash

Published Jul. 26 2017

A single-vehicle crash on Tuesday in Bledsoe County claimed the life of a North Carolina man.

One killed, six injured in Marion County crash on Monday

Published Jul. 26 2017

A two-car crash on U.S. Highway 41 in Marion County, Tenn., on Monday killed a Sequatchie, Tenn., woman in one...

Man booked on 28 counts of child porn-related charges in Scottsboro, Ala.

Published Jul. 26 2017

A Scottsboro, Ala., man was jailed Tuesday on 28 counts of child porn-related charges after his Julie Drive home was...


Nurse caught leaving fentanyl patch stuck to a door at Grundy County Courthouse

Published Jul. 26 2017

A Franklin County, Tenn., licensed practical nurse has been arrested for leaving a medication patch containing the powerful painkiller fentanyl...

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation still awaiting autopsy results in Etowah teen's death

Published Jul. 26 2017

TBI officials said Monday there is still no explanation for the death of an 18-year-old Etowah, Tenn., woman whose body...

Indiana man nabbed in Bledsoe County waives extradition

Published Jul. 25 2017

The Indiana man captured Sunday in Bledsoe County in connection with out-of-state felony child molestation charges has waived extradition and...

Indiana fugitive captured in Bledsoe County

Published Jul. 24 2017

The Indiana man sought in Bledsoe County since last week on out-of-state child sexual assault charges was captured.

Renovation set to begin this month on Sequoyan Birthplace Museum [photos]

Published Jul. 23 2017

VONORE, Tenn. — After more than three decades, the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is getting a long-awaited update, with work starting...

One charged, two recovering in robbery, stabbing in Skyline, Ala.

Published Jul. 22 2017

A Woodville, Ala., man is jailed and two other men are recovering from stab wounds after a robbery this week...

Pikeville's long-empty former Dura plant building sold

Published Jul. 21 2017

After years of waiting and hoping a new tenant would come along for the former Dura Automotive plant building in...

Arrest made in Thanksgiving Day pharmacy burglary in Grundy

Published Jul. 20 2017

Authorities in Grundy County, Tenn., have made an arrest in a pharmacy burglary from Thanksgiving Day 2016, officials said.

Indiana child sex suspect sought in Bledsoe County

Published Jul. 19 2017

Officials said this morning that an Indiana man sought in Bledsoe County since early Tuesday on child sexual assault charges...

Hearing set for Wednesday in Polk County child abuse case

Published Jul. 18 2017

A 25-year-old Polk County, Tenn., mother will be arraigned this week on a charge of aggravated child abuse and neglect...

Statue for lawyer in famous Dayton, Tenn. Scopes Trial unveiled [photos]

Published Jul. 15 2017

Darrow defended Scopes, who was convicted and fined $100, but the Tennessee Supreme Court reversed the decision in 1927 because...

Darrow statue unveiling draws crowd but no protesters

Published Jul. 14 2017

A bronze of Clarence Darrow today joined his Scopes Trial adversary in front of the Rhea County Courthouse.

Sunday stabbing in Jackson County, Ala., leaves one man dead, another jailed

Published Jul. 11 2017

A 20-year-old Jackson County, Ala., man was bleeding from a stab wound to his neck when he pulled into the...

Scopes Monkey Trial: Darrow statue dedication set for Friday

Published Jul. 11 2017

When the sun rises Friday, Clarence Darrow will stand opposite his "Scopes Monkey Trial" foe, William Jennings Bryan, on the...

Georgia teen killed Saturday at High Falls in Alabama

Published Jul. 10 2017

Authorities in DeKalb County, Ala., say an 18-year-old was killed after jumping from a cliff at High Falls Park near...

Bledsoe County double homicide case now a year old

Published Jul. 10 2017

It's been a year and four days since Robbin Martin and James Songer were found shot dead at the home...

Rules, important dates set for liquor store applicants in Dayton, Tenn.

Published Jul. 9 2017

Folks hoping to apply for one of the limited slots to operate a liquor store in Dayton, Tenn., have until...