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.

Teacher's aide arrested for biting special needs child

Published Apr. 24 2017

The South Pittsburg, Tenn., special needs teacher accused of biting a 3-year-old boy while on the playground of the local...

Aquatic weeds in Watts Bar Lake subject of May informational meeting [photos]

Published Apr. 24 2017

By late summer, the water weeds are so thick you could almost walk on parts of Watts Bar Lake without...

Tennessee man charged with multiple child sex assaults was already set for trial on 10 similar counts

Published Apr. 20 2017

A man charged last week in Dayton, Tenn., on multiple child sexual assault counts was already set for trial on...


UPDATE: Dayton voters approve package liquor sales

Published Apr. 20 2017

Voters in Dayton, Tenn., on Wednesday gave a nod to package alcohol sales.

South Pittsburg Elementary teacher's aide accused of biting toddler

Published Apr. 19 2017

Marion County officials confirm that the Tennessee Department of Children's Services and local law enforcement is investigating a report that...

South Cumberland State Park, Fiery Gizzard Trail get 1,000-acre addition

Published Apr. 19 2017

Just more than 1,000 acres in Marion County, Tenn., has been added to South Cumberland State Park that will connect...

Coffee County authorities seek info in trailer thefts, suspect

Published Apr. 19 2017

Authorities in Coffee County, Tenn., are seeking a suspect and his vehicle in a theft investigation involving a stolen cattle...

Area blazes highlight need for caution during wildfire season

Published Apr. 18 2017

Despite Monday's showers, officials say the ground in the tristate area is ripe for wildfire as dry conditions this spring...

Clarence Darrow statue planned for Dayton gains opponent in well-known local activist [photos]

Published Apr. 17 2017

Clarence Darrow probably could not have drawn a more passionate opponent in post-William Jennings Bryan- era Dayton than June Griffin, a...

Daughter of Bledsoe County homicide victim wants to be interviewed by TBI

Published Apr. 14 2017

The daughter of one of the victims in a 2016 double homicide in Bledsoe County, Tenn., said she's frustrated with...

TBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Rutherford County

Published Apr. 13 2017

TBI officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Wednesday in Rutherford County.

Woodville woman must stand trial in husband's slaying

Published Apr. 12 2017

For nearly a decade, Tammy and Rickey Keel's home in Woodville, Ala., was a battleground of domestic violence.

Early voter turnout light on Dayton alcohol question

Published Apr. 11 2017

Turnout in early voting on an alcohol referendum on the ballot in Dayton, Tenn., has been light, but still about...

CPD officer headed to call involved in two-car crash

Published Apr. 10 2017

A Chattanooga Police Department cruiser was involved in a two-car crash Sunday night that left four people with minor injuries,...

Scientists study why Sand Mountain is tornado magnet [photos]

Published Apr. 10 2017

Even though humans on Alabama's Sand Mountain go back at least 9,000 years, it probably never occurred to anyone to...

DUI charges against former Grundy deputy dropped

Published Apr. 6 2017

Charges have been dismissed against a former Grundy County Sheriff's Office deputy who was charged with DUI in April 2015.

Chattanooga dodges worst of storm

Published Apr. 6 2017

Two rounds of storms that prompted schools to send students home early and left much of the region on a...

Minimal outages reported in Chattanooga area; morning lightning strike knocks out power in Alabama

Published Apr. 5 2017

Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative reported outages this morning in Henagar, Ala., due to a lightning strike. No outages are indicated...

Reward offered in disappearance of Tracy City man

Published Apr. 5 2017

A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the whereabouts of a Tracy City, Tenn., man who hasn't been...

Rhea grand jury issues indictment in shaken baby case

Published Apr. 4 2017

The man held on child abuse charges in a suspected battered baby case was indicted Tuesday by the Rhea County...