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.

McMinn County man shot 'several times' by girlfriend

Published May. 23 2018

A McMinn County, Tennessee, man is recovering from gunshot wounds after police say he assaulted his girlfriend Sunday, violated an...

Possible bomb threat in Chattanooga turns out to be paper

Published May. 22 2018

Chattanooga police confirm that officers and a department bomb technician responded to the area of Hickory Manor Circle and Georgetown...

Athens, Tennessee, officer gets her head smashed into the ground by fleeing suspect

Published May. 21 2018

A longtime Athens, Tennessee, police officer sustained facial injuries last week after a man fleeing from police attacked her and...


Fuel spill cleanup persists on Highway 64; westbound lane open, eastbound lane still closed

Published May. 18 2018

The eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 64 between Ocoee and Ducktown, Tennessee, could be reopened late Friday if enough progress...

21-year-old contract worker killed when truck overturns in Soddy-Daisy highway work zone

Published May. 17 2018

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials say an employee working for a contractor at a state project on State Route 111 was...

UPDATE: One lane reopened on U.S. Highway 64 as fuel spill clean up continues

Published May. 17 2018

The westbound lane of U.S. Highway 64 through the Ocoee River Gorge in Polk County, Tennessee, has been reopened while...

Engineering, design funded for new access road into industrial park in Etowah, Tennessee

Published May. 17 2018

Engineering and design work could begin as soon as next week on a new access road into the North Etowah...

Cleanup underway after tanker truck spills thousands of gallons of fuel into Ocoee River [photos]

Published May. 16 2018

Up to 5,200 gallons of fuel spilled into the Ocoee River on Tuesday and Wednesday after a tanker truck drove...

Fire claims life of elderly Athens, Tenn., woman, injures two firefighters

Published May. 14 2018

A fire on Woodward Avenue Sunday in Athens, Tenn., claimed the life of a bedridden elderly woman and a subsequent...

Davis Avenue shooting victim identified

Published May. 14 2018

Chattanooga police early Monday identified the victim of a non-fatal shooting Sunday on Davis Avenue.

Ongoing Mullins Cove Road collapse in Marion County, Tenn., worries residents [photos]

Published May. 14 2018

The mountain keeps winning battles with Mullins Cove Road, now pocked after two collapses, and some residents are worried that...

Georgia teen drowns at Little River Canyon falls in Cherokee County, Ala.

Published May. 13 2018

A 14-year-old boy drowned in Martha's Falls in Cherokee County, Ala., on Saturday afternoon, according to the county coroner.


UPDATE: Tractor trailer crash cleared that closed I-24 for hours

Published May. 13 2018

The overturned tractor trailer on eastbound Interstate 24 has been cleared.

Niota Depot hosts National Train Day

Published May. 10 2018

The city of Niota, Tenn., is celebrating its first National Train Day by hosting a model train show, in part,...

Remains found by Jackson County hunters identified as missing Decatur, Ala., man

Published May. 9 2018

Human remains found in February by a hunter in Jackson County, Ala., have been identified as those of a Decatur,...

UPDATE: Two arrested, one sought in Georgia convenience store shooting

Published May. 8 2018

Authorities in Georgia and Tennessee have arrested two people in connection with the early Monday shooting of a Florida man...

Sweetwater, Tenn., man charged in McMinn County carjacking

Published May. 8 2018

An Etowah, Tenn., man was found Friday night lying injured on a road east of town after he said an...

East Ridge: Gateway to Tennessee for millions

Published May. 4 2018

East Ridge serves as a gateway into Tennessee for millions of travelers a year motoring north on Interstate 75.

It's all about the 'O' in Fort Oglethorpe

Published May. 4 2018

When the main drag through town is called Battlefield Parkway, it's not surprising that Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., has a rich...

Little new information about Etowah, Tenn., teen's homicide after 10 months

Published May. 4 2018

Ten months after 18-year-old Kelsey N. Burnette's body was found on Charles Street in Etowah, Tenn., investigators can't say any...