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.

Couple charged with chaining boy to floor going to trial

Published Aug. 18 2017

The case against a Rhea County, Tenn., couple charged in June with chaining a 5-year-old boy to the floor of...

UPDATED: Bradley County Sheriff's Office issues statement in O'Daniel death

Published Aug. 15 2017

The wife of a Bradley County Sheriff's Office deputy died Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a news...

Alabama agriculture officials urge vaccinating horses against West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis

Published Aug. 15 2017

Agriculture officials in Alabama have issued a notice to horse owners to vaccinate their animals for West Nile virus and...

Southeast Tennessee guide to the total solar eclipse [photos]

Published Aug. 13 2017

Millions of Americans will look to the sky on Aug. 21 and experience a celestial phenomenon that could mark their...

Tennessee, Coalmont to announce land acquisition for off-road vehicle park

Published Aug. 12 2017

More than 1,300 acres of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy County, Tenn., have been acquired for the development of a...

Nashville man killed in two-vehicle crash on Highway 68 in Rhea County

Published Aug. 11 2017

A Nashville, Tenn., man was killed Thursday evening in Rhea County.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris won't seek another term

Published Aug. 10 2017

DeKalb County, Ala., Sheriff Jimmy Harris won't seek a fourth term, bringing to a close an almost-three decade career in...

Bledsoe County and Pikeville authorities seize vehicles, drugs, cash in downtown raid

Published Aug. 10 2017

Authorities in Bledsoe County, Tenn., seized vehicles, drugs and cash in a probe that landed three people in jail.

Whitwell, Tenn., woman gets 10-year prison sentence in beating death of 5-year-old boy

Published Aug. 8 2017

A Whitwell, Tenn., woman convicted of reckless homicide and aggravated assault in the 2015 beating death of a 5-year-old boy...

Sand Rock, Ala., man charged with shooting dog

Published Aug. 4 2017

A Sand Rock, Ala., man was jailed this week after deputies answered a fight call at a home in North...

Delano man killed, Decatur man charged in McMinn crash involving two semi-trucks

Published Aug. 4 2017

The victim in Thursday's fatal crash in McMinn County, Tenn., involving two tractor trailer trucks has been identified and vehicular...

Crossville, Tenn., police dog stabbed to death by suspect

Published Aug. 4 2017

Crossville, Tenn., police are mourning the death of a police dog allegedly killed by a suspect Wednesday in a pursuit...

Court denies appeal in 2014 Sequatchie County murder conviction

Published Aug. 2 2017

The Tennessee Court of Appeals this week denied an appeal by a Sequatchie County woman convicted in 2013 of felony...

Grant funds major exhibit update for Etowah Depot [photos]

Published Jul. 30 2017

The 101-year-old Etowah Depot in McMinn County is in line for almost $55,000 in updates in what Etowah Historical Commission...

Murphy, N.C., man gets 25-year sentence in child sex offense conviction

Published Jul. 29 2017

A Murphy, N.C., man was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison following a guilty verdict on July 25...

Man shot as he exited car Friday on East 51st Street

Published Jul. 29 2017

A 26-year-old Chattanooga man is recovering from a gunshot wound sustained in a shooting Friday in the 700 block of...

Dunlap man charged with child rape

Published Jul. 29 2017

A 22-year-old Dunlap, Tenn., man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of child rape.

Dunlap, Tenn., man charged with child rape involving victim under age 13

Published Jul. 28 2017

A 22-year-old Dunlap, Tenn., man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of rape of child in an ongoing investigation.

Probe nets 2 arrests, seizure of pills, guns and cash in Grundy, Marion counties [photos]

Published Jul. 27 2017

Authorities in Grundy and Marion counties, along with 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force officers arrested two Coalmont, Tenn., residents...

One killed Tuesday in Bledsoe County crash

Published Jul. 26 2017

A single-vehicle crash on Tuesday in Bledsoe County claimed the life of a North Carolina man.