Ben Benton


phone: 423-757-6569




Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education.

Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage.

He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School.

Benton has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the the University of Tennessee.

In 2003, he won first place for Best New Photograph in Group III of the Tennessee Press Association contest. He also placed fourth for Best News Story the same year.

Ben previously worked at The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens, Tenn., The Herald-News, in Dayton, Tenn., and at the Knoxville Journal, in Knoxville.

Ben lives in Chattanooga with his wife, son and father. He has been a Chattanooga resident since 1988.

Contact Ben at 423-757-6569 and at bbenton@timesfreepress.com.

Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/BenBenton.

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The body of U.S. Army PFC Cecil E. Harris, who was killed in France in 1945 and missing until last September, is scheduled to land on Tennessee soil today at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville at 11:06 a.m.

Sequatchie County, Tenn., property owners will have to pony up almost 10 percent more in property taxes after a vote to increase the rate by 21 cents.

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — If you want reliably good, clean water to drink in northwest Bledsoe County, you have to go to prison.

Folks with disabilities now have a new place where they can wet a line and take in the beauty of Lake Guntersville, thanks to a pier project at the city-owned Goose Pond Colony Resort in Scottsboro, Ala.

A Jackson County, Ala., deputy was forced to shoot a man Thursday at a home in Bryant where authorities were called to investigate a domestic disturbance, authorities said.

A Jackson County, Ala., deputy was reportedly forced to shoot a man Thursday at a home in Bryant where authorities were called to investigate a domestic disturbance.

Walker County, Ga., Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell is proposing a 59-percent increase on county portion of property tax millage rates to generate money she says is needed to keep pace with increasing expenses and state requirements.

ATHENS, Tenn. — A series of judicial battles that started in 2010 with Walter F. Fitzpatrick's attempt to have President Obama indicted over the "birther" issue came to a close Tuesday when the retired Navy commander was led off to prison in handcuffs.

The man who in 2010 tried to have the Monroe County grand jury foreman arrested was sentenced on Tuesday by a McMinn County judge to three years in prison on more recent extortion and perjury charges stemming from a June jury conviction in Athens.

A local developer wants to resurrect the state-owned Old Stone Fort Golf Course site in Manchester, Tenn., with the idea of offering up the links to the public, particularly senior citizens, women and youths.

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