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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DUNLAP, Tenn. — A Sequatchie County woman will serve at least 51 years in prison after being convicted of felony first-degree murder late Thursday.
DUNLAP, Tenn. — A Sequatchie County jury deliberated for more than two hours this afternoon before finding a woman guilty of felony murder and other counts in the 2011 slaying of 55-year-old Clifford Carden Jr.
DUNLAP, Tenn. -- In her videotaped statement to authorities, Susan L. Baker described shooting Clifford Carden Jr. to death in his car in the Cartwright Gulf area of southern Sequatchie County, Tenn.
Main Street Meats on Chattanooga’s Southside has only been open since October, but this meat market and specialty food store is already making a name for itself as a lunch spot.
DUNLAP, Tenn. — Action this morning in the homicide trial of Susan L. Baker in Sequatchie County contained testimony from the medical examiner and a Hixson bar owner who purchased the murder weapon after the Feb. 2, 2011, killing of Clifford Carden Jr.
DUNLAP, Tenn. — Whether Susan L. Baker killed 55-year-old Clifford Carden and helped dump his body in the Sequatchie River was not disputed in her murder trial that started Tuesday in Sequatchie County, but defense lawyer Sam Hudson told jurors in his opening statements to consider why she did what she did.
Jury selection and opening arguments are expected today in the murder trial of Susan Lynette Baker, charged in the February 2011 slaying of 55-year-old Clifford Carden in Sequatchie County.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents executed search warrants in "various locations" Friday in connection with the 2011 disappearance of Decatur County, Tenn., nursing student Holly Bobo. At least one of them was just miles from her home.
A spat between the mayor and police department in Paint Rock, Ala., might have led the police chief and another officer to resign and the council to vote Tuesday to disband the municipal court system.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials confirm one of the locations being searched today in connection with the disappearance of 20-year-old Parsons, Tenn., nursing student Holly Bobo is about 15 miles from the family's home.