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.

Alabama man out on bond after being booked on 15 child sex charges including rape, sodomy

Published Jun. 21 2018

A Hollywood, Alabama, man is free on $405,000 bond after being booked Tuesday in Jackson County on 15 counts of...

Snodgrass bridge in Jackson County reopened to traffic

Published Jun. 21 2018

The bridge on Alabama Highway 117 over the Tennessee River in Jackson County, Alabama, has been reopened to traffic.

Auditors ding The Bridge at South Pittsburg nursing home in three findings

Published Jun. 21 2018

A nursing home in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, was dinged in a state audit for almost $50,000 in unallowable expenses, inaccurate...


'Wrong turn' at McMinn County sheriff's house lands pair in jail

Published Jun. 18 2018

A man and woman traveling a remote, Southeast Tennessee country road spied who they believed was a police officer behind...

Cleveland High's 'Graduates of Distinction' number 18 strong

Published Jun. 14 2018

Cleveland High School graduates Brian Byerly and Breana Shields say the honor of being among the school's 18 "2018 Graduates...

Jackson County bridge closure to cause major detours June 18-22

Published Jun. 12 2018

The closure of a bridge over the Tennessee River in Jackson County, Ala., for repairs that start June 18 will...

Newly updated Rhea Heritage and Scopes Trial Museum unveiled in Dayton, Tenn.

Published Jun. 12 2018

The significance and history of the Rhea County Courthouse and the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial is told better than...

As bear sightings increase, officials urge residents to not feed them

Published Jun. 11 2018

The Chattanooga region's largest predator, the black bear, is out and about this time of year and wildlife officials say...

Grundy pastor waives preliminary hearing in child sex case

Published Jun. 7 2018

A Grundy County, Tennessee, pastor charged last week with attempted child rape waived a preliminary hearing in the case Tuesday.

Life sentence imposed for man convicted in hit-and-run death in Dayton, Tennessee

Published Jun. 7 2018

The man convicted of running down a Dayton, Tennessee, man and leaving him to die will spend the rest of...

Burglary arrest in Franklin County, Tennessee, a reminder about summer crimes

Published Jun. 5 2018

A Tullahoma, Tennessee, man was booked Friday on 31 counts stemming from a three-month-long investigation into a string of burglaries...

Reminder: Georgia's new hands-free law takes effect July 1

Published Jun. 4 2018

The sheriff in Cherokee County, Alabama, issued a warning to local motorists Sunday that can serve as a heads-up for...


Major upgrades underway at Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Tennessee

Published Jun. 4 2018

For the first time in more than three decades, the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is getting a major makeover in the...

Multi-vehicle crash backs up traffic on I-24

Published Jun. 3 2018

Traffic is backing up eastbound on Interstate 24 near the ridge cut after a multi-vehicle crash around 4:40 p.m. at...

Two Cherokee County detention officers fired over inmate assault

Published May. 31 2018

Authorities say two Cherokee County, N.C., detention officers have been terminated over the May 2 assault of a federal inmate...

Two in custody in Grundy after low-speed pursuit, attempt to run deputy off road

Published May. 30 2018

Authorities in Grundy County, Tennessee, took two men and a juvenile into custody after a low-speed pursuit overnight Monday into...

DeKalb County, Ala., inmate walks off work detail

Published May. 29 2018

Authorities in DeKalb County, Alabama, this afternoon issued an alert to be on the lookout for an inmate from Grundy...

Cherokee County man charged with sexual assault on minor

Published May. 29 2018

Authorities in Cherokee County, N.C., have charged a 33-year-old Andrews man with sexually assaulting a minor.

Cagle Mountain crash Monday injures five, including children

Published May. 29 2018

Authorities in Dunlap, Tennessee, say five people, including two children, were hospitalized after an SUV overturned on Cagle Mountain Monday...

DeKalb teen killed in Sunday ATV crash

Published May. 29 2018

An ATV crash Sunday near Fyffe, Ala., killed a DeKalb County 17-year-old.