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.

Hixson man on life support after attack by fellow inmate in McMinn County Jail

Published Feb. 23 2018

A Hixson man is clinging to life after he was beaten by another inmate Saturday night at the McMinn County...

Woman struck by Dade County bus dies

Published Feb. 22 2018

Police in Trenton, Ga., said a local woman who was struck at an intersection by a school bus there on...

Warm weather, 'spring' showers on tap for Chattanooga through weekend

Published Feb. 19 2018

It's still February, but Mother Nature's bound and determined to toss a little spring across the tri-state region for the...

Remains found near Crow Mountain could be Decatur, Ala., man missing since October 2016

Published Feb. 19 2018

A forensic analysis now underway in Alabama could confirm that skeletal remains found last week near Crow Mountain are those...

Teen recovering as home invasion probe continues in Jackson County, Ala.

Published Feb. 14 2018

Authorities in Jackson County, Ala., are investigating a Monday morning home invasion that injured a teenager.

Siblings charged with neglect of bedridden adult in Rhea County, Tenn.

Published Feb. 14 2018

A brother and sister from Rhea County, Tenn., have been charged with felony neglect after the discovery of a woman...

Mother of slain Winchester, Tenn., man pleads for people to attend son's funeral

Published Feb. 14 2018

The grieving mother of a 50-year-old Tennessee man whose skeletal remains were found last month in his own backyard is...

Road work today on I-24 West could slow Chattanooga-Nashville travelers

Published Feb. 13 2018

Motorists traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville today should watch out for road work on Interstate 24 West.

High school principal suspended amid 'indecent liberties' allegations in Murphy, N.C.

Published Feb. 12 2018

The principal at Murphy High School in Cherokee County, N.C., has been suspended with pay after being booked on charges...

Scottsboro, Ala., man sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatal stabbing

Published Feb. 9 2018

A Scottsboro, Ala., man charged in July with fatally stabbing a Hytop man in the neck was sentenced to 35...

Shooting injures two people in Dunlap, Tenn.

Published Feb. 9 2018

A domestic argument and struggle for a large-caliber handgun that discharged left a man and woman wounded and the man...

Search for Marion County, Tenn., man missing since 2016 comes up empty

Published Feb. 8 2018

Investigators are stymied after a ground search came up empty last week on Aetna Mountain for Marion County, Tenn., resident...


UPDATE: Several area schools closing because of illnesses

Published Feb. 7 2018

Hamilton County Schools and Marion County Schools have joined the list of schools closing Friday because of the flu.

Warrant leads to drugs, paraphernalia and stolen vehicle

Published Feb. 7 2018

Alabama authorities seeking a man on a Georgia warrant related to an aggravated assault charge arrested him and another man...

Family members among those charged in Winchester, Tenn., man's death

Published Feb. 7 2018

Family members are among the half-dozen suspects now charged in the homicide of a Winchester, Tenn., man whose body was...

Warrants lead to discovery of drugs, paraphernalia and guns in Cherokee County, Ala.

Published Feb. 5 2018

After Cherokee County, Ala., authorities served warrants Friday at a County Road 19 home near the town of Centre, they...

TBI probes theft allegations at Volunteer Energy Cooperative in Decatur, Tenn.

Published Feb. 2 2018

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday confirmed the state agency is investigating allegations of theft at Volunteer Energy Cooperative...

Remains exhumed from Franklin County, Tenn., backyard identified as one of the homeowners

Published Jan. 31 2018

Human remains exhumed from a Winchester, Tenn., home's yard last week have now been identified as those of a man...

Investigator still looking for clues in 1985 Marion County, Tenn., cold case death

Published Jan. 29 2018

When an unidentified man's body was found on the edge of a creek in Marion County alongside Interstate 24 on...

Winchester, Tenn., police working to identify human remains

Published Jan. 26 2018

Winchester, Tenn., police spent most of Wednesday and Thursday exhuming human remains found in the yard of a home on...