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.

Jury finds Dayton, Tenn., hit-and-run driver guilty of murder

Published Apr. 19 2018

It took only three hours for a jury of six women and six men to return a guilty verdict for...

Defense rests in Dayton hit and run murder trial

Published Apr. 19 2018

The defense rested without putting on any witnesses this morning in the Dayton, Tenn., hit and run murder trial of...

State rests its case in fatal hit and run trial in Dayton, Tenn.

Published Apr. 18 2018

Walter Hale's last lunch sat half-eaten in his gold Honda Accord as he fought for his life at a Knoxville...

Trial begins in fatal 2016 hit-and-run death of Dayton, Tenn., man

Published Apr. 17 2018

A jury from Sequatchie County, Tenn., was empaneled Tuesday to hear testimony starting Wednesday morning in the trial of the...

Second arrest made in botched motel robbery on Easter in Athens, Tenn.

Published Apr. 16 2018

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the botched Easter robbery and shooting of a motel clerk in Athens, Tenn.

Contested races for county mayor, sheriff fan hot ballots across Southeast Tennessee rural counties

Published Apr. 15 2018

Party primaries across Southeast Tennessee's rural counties outside of Hamilton and Bradley have hot races on the ballot for county...

Sen. Corker says he will 'avidly support' Pompeo nomination for secretary of state

Published Apr. 12 2018

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday afternoon told secretary of state nominee Mike...

Authorities in Rhea County, Tenn., arrest 2, seize drugs, cash in Tuesday search

Published Apr. 12 2018

Officers found 150 grams of methamphetamine, 23 grams of marijuana, $1,578 in cash and 8 grams of psilocybin mushrooms in...

House fire in Athens, Tenn., injures mother, son and firefighter

Published Apr. 12 2018

An 87-year-old mother and her mid-50s son, along with a firefighter, sustained injuries in a fire Wednesday night in Athens,...

Federal agency orders Crossville, Tenn., trucking company to stop transporting hazardous materials

Published Apr. 12 2018

The Federal Motor Safety Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a Cumberland County, Tenn.-based trucking company to cease transporting hazardous materials...

Trial set for woman charged in 2016 Whitwell, Tenn., pawn shop slaying, fire

Published Apr. 11 2018

A trial date for the suspect in the slaying of a Whitwell, Tenn., pawn shop owner has been set for...

Suspect in East Ridge double homicide was a UnifiEd volunteer [gallery]

Published Apr. 9 2018

Casey James Lawhorn, the suspect in Sunday morning's double homicide who's body was found in Mississippi, was a volunteer at...

Marion County man charged in fatal shooting that was initially labeled self-defense

Published Apr. 6 2018

A 61-year-old Marion County, Tenn., homeowner has been charged in what in January was called a self-defense shooting that left...

Man struck and killed by train in Trenton, Ga.

Published Apr. 5 2018

Authorities in Dade County say a man was struck and killed by a train early Thursday morning near a lumber...

Family of Grundy County body shop owner offers $1,000 reward in burglary of tools worth more than $10,000

Published Apr. 5 2018

A $1,000 reward has been offered in a body shop burglary in Palmer.

Rhea County, Tenn., man charged with 25 counts of child rape

Published Apr. 4 2018

A Rhea County, Tenn., man is jailed on 25 counts of child rape and 10 other felony counts related to...

Grundy County school board member arrested for fourth time since she was elected

Published Apr. 4 2018

Grundy County school board member Kasey Anderson has been arrested again, the fourth time since she was elected to the...

McMinn County teen turns herself in; two men on the run in attempted motel robbery, shooting of clerk

Published Apr. 3 2018

A 17-year-old Athens, Tenn., teen has turned herself in after an attempted robbery and shooting at a motel on Sunday...

EPA licenses aquatic weed control company to use new herbicide

Published Apr. 2 2018

As spring shifts into top gear, boat dock-choking aquatic plants such as hydrilla and watermilfoil start becoming abundant in Tennessee...

Florida teen accused of threatening Alabama school shooting

Published Mar. 29 2018

A 19-year-old Florida man has been charged for allegedly threatening a shooting earlier this month at Fort Payne High School...