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.

Man suspected in brother's murder commits suicide

Published May. 25 2017

The investigation into a Chattooga County, Ga., man's 2013 murder in Alabama has been closed after the suicide of the...

Cleveland man charged with felony tax evasion

Published May. 24 2017

A 41-year-old Cleveland, Tenn., man has been charged in McMinn County with tax evasion in an investigation by the Tennessee...

Houseboat fire claims lives of couple and their dog in Scottsboro, Ala.

Published May. 24 2017

Authorities say two retirees from Tuscaloosa, Ala., died early Monday along with their golden retriever after the houseboat they lived...


Evidence in McMinn County shooting will go to grand jury

Published May. 24 2017

Evidence collected in Monday's shooting of an Arkansas man by a McMinn County, Tenn., homeowner will go to the grand...

Rhea County man charged with child rape is sentenced to 11 years in prison

Published May. 23 2017

A Spring City, Tenn., man originally charged with rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery in connection with a...

Scottsboro town square renovation ahead of schedule [photos]

Published May. 20 2017

Grinding concrete, clouds of dust and lots of barricades surround the Jackson County Courthouse Square in Northeast Alabama as the...

Former Calhoun, Tenn., police chief and officer nabbed in extortion case

Published May. 19 2017

A former Calhoun, Tenn., police chief and a police officer have been indicted in an extortion investigation involving the seizure...

Two killed in single-car crash Thursday night in Fort Payne

Published May. 19 2017

Fort Payne, Ala., police are continuing to investigate a two-fatality crash that happened late Thursday night.

Man suspected of firing at Alabama police is in custody, being treated for gunshot injuries

Published May. 18 2017

A man who is suspected of firing shots at a Hollywood, Ala., police cruiser at the end of a pursuit...

UPDATE: Authorities catch man suspected of shooting at police cruiser during Wednesday traffic stop

Published May. 18 2017

The man suspected of firing shots Wednesday at a Hollywood, Ala., police cruiser has been apprehended by authorities today.

Work begins on Chattanooga's Miracle Field [photos]

Published May. 18 2017

The seed of a miracle is taking root in Chattanooga. And when it sprouts this summer, local folks will harvest...

Convicted killer's family has spent $100k over 10 years to prove his innocence. They're still fighting.

Published May. 18 2017

Adam Braseel's family is bracing for the steepest uphill challenge yet in the 33-year-old's campaign for freedom after a 2007...

'Armed and dangerous' suspect sought by Jackson County authorities after chase

Published May. 14 2017

After a two-state chase that started in Trenton, Ga., and ended in Flat Rock, Ala., last Sunday, authorities are looking...

Dayton begins work on liquor store rules

Published May. 14 2017

Dayton, Tenn., officials are moving closer to accepting applications from folks who want to open packagge liquor stores in town.

State agriculture officials warn of hay scam

Published May. 12 2017

Tennessee Department of Agriculture officials worried that a scam happening in Texas could spread to the Volunteer State have issued...

SETHRA counties get almost $34,000 in federal funding for food and shelter programs

Published May. 12 2017

The Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency in Bledsoe, Marion, Meigs, Polk and Sequatchie counties has been awarded almost $34,000 in...

Alligator snapping turtle wanders more than 100 miles, ends up in DeKalb County

Published May. 11 2017

State wildlife officials are working to determine how an alligator snapping turtle made its way more than 100 miles to...

Sequatchie County officials seek help identifying woman's body found April 27

Published May. 10 2017

Sequatchie County, Tenn., authorities are looking for clues to the identity of a body found in April down an embankment...

Tennessee's transportation improvement plan has big changes for I-24/I-75 interchange

Published May. 9 2017

Commuters on Interstate 75 headed to and from Chattanooga can collectively cheer — quietly, since it's in the earliest planning...

Whitwell man's body found in Suck Creek four days after he went missing

Published May. 9 2017

A Marion County, Tenn., man who went missing last week was found dead by family members in Suck Creek on...