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.

Trial date set for April in Dayton, Tenn., fatal hit-and-run case

Published Mar. 20 2018

A trial date has been set for the man accused of first-degree murder in the 2016 hit-and-run incident that killed...

Scottsboro City Schools' after-school activities canceled because of severe weather threat

Published Mar. 19 2018

All after-school activities for Scottsboro City Schools have been canceled, including those at Camp Wildcat and all other games and...

Portion of Swan Road to be closed for next six months

Published Mar. 19 2018

Swan Road, between Upshaw Drive and Oakwood Drive, will be closed for the next six months starting today, according to...


Bond reduced for Alabama woman charged in Tennessee man's shooting death

Published Mar. 16 2018

A Jackson County, Ala., woman charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Tennessee man has received a reduced...

Forney, Ala., couple charged with chemical endangerment of children

Published Mar. 14 2018

A Forney, Ala., couple was charged Monday with endangering children by using drugs in their presence at the couple's home.

School threat suspect now charged with statutory rape in Sequatchie County, Tenn.

Published Mar. 14 2018

The teenager charged with filing a false report in Sequatchie County, Tenn., last week after allegedly threatening to "shoot up...

Dayton man charged with five counts of child rape in Rhea County, Tenn.

Published Mar. 13 2018

A 59-year-old Rhea County, Tenn., man was jailed Friday on five counts of child rape linked to a victim who...

Traffic signal at Central Avenue and M.L. King Boulevard out for day

Published Mar. 12 2018

Motorists traveling in the downtown Chattanooga area should watch out today for a non-functioning traffic signal at Central Avenue and...

Reward offered for copper thieves who caused Coats American spill

Published Mar. 12 2018

An oil spill on a Rossville street contained a chemical linked to many health risks, including cancer.

'Storm of the Century' marks 25 years [photos]

Published Mar. 11 2018

A quarter-century ago today, the South was filled with nonbelievers. A blizzard? Here? No way.

South Pittsburg, Tenn., man charged with homicide in Monday death

Published Mar. 6 2018

Authorities say a man has been charged in connection with the Monday death of another man found dead at a...

Stolen antique tractor recovered in Alabama

Published Mar. 5 2018

A 58-year-old tractor stolen in September was recovered last week near Jacksonville, Ala., about 20 miles southeast of Gadsden, according...

How will I-75/I-24 work affect your commute?

Published Mar. 5 2018

It's going to be a big deal.

Athens, Tenn., building permits show surge in recent years with $30 million tally in 2017

Published Feb. 26 2018

Building permits issued over the past three years in Athens, Tenn. — the county seat in McMinn — show a...

Hixson man on life support after attack by fellow inmate in McMinn County Jail

Published Feb. 23 2018

A Hixson man is clinging to life after he was beaten by another inmate Saturday night at the McMinn County...

Woman struck by bus in Dade County, Ga., dies

Published Feb. 22 2018

Police in Trenton, Ga., said a local woman who was struck at an intersection by a school bus there on...

Warm weather, 'spring' showers on tap for Chattanooga through weekend

Published Feb. 19 2018

It's still February, but Mother Nature's bound and determined to toss a little spring across the tri-state region for the...

Remains found near Crow Mountain could be Decatur, Ala., man missing since October 2016

Published Feb. 19 2018

A forensic analysis now underway in Alabama could confirm that skeletal remains found last week near Crow Mountain are those...

Teen recovering as home invasion probe continues in Jackson County, Ala.

Published Feb. 14 2018

Authorities in Jackson County, Ala., are investigating a Monday morning home invasion that injured a teenager.

Siblings charged with neglect of bedridden adult in Rhea County, Tenn.

Published Feb. 14 2018

A brother and sister from Rhea County, Tenn., have been charged with felony neglect after the discovery of a woman...