Ben Benton (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6569
E-mail: bbenton@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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 bbenton@timesfreepress.com or twitter.com/BenBenton or www.facebook.com/ben.benton1 or 423-757-6569.

Three jailed after ants attack bedridden Alabama nursing home patient

Published Feb. 28 2017

A bedridden, 84-year-old woman at a county-owned rehabilitation facility in Centre, Ala., was left unattended for 11 hours while ants...

Tennessee Department of Transportation overhead message contest underway

Published Feb. 27 2017

Most drivers probably wish they had a highly visible way to express their motoring advice to fellow commuters, but until...

Man accused of killing mom over grades pleads not guilty

Published Feb. 27 2017

An Alabama man accused of beating his mother to death with a baseball bat over his school grades pleaded not...

Bond set for Alabama man accused of killing his mom; autopsy details released

Published Feb. 24 2017

Karen R. Willmon's son, 48-year-old Larry W. Bodily, was charged Feb. 19 with murder and third-degree theft of property in...

Man charged with abuse allegedly left older couple at vacant mobile home, never returned

Published Feb. 24 2017

An older couple was left in December at a vacant mobile home in northern Rhea County, Tenn., for four days...

One dead, one injured in Paint Rock, Ala., crash

Published Feb. 23 2017

A Paint Rock, Ala., man is dead and a Woodville, Ala., woman was injured today in a two-car crash on...

Rhea County man accused of leaving elderly couple without food, water or heat

Published Feb. 23 2017

A Rhea County man has been booked on felony charges of elder abuse in an investigation launched under a new...

Labor contract to idle 90 jobs in Tullahoma

Published Feb. 23 2017

A new labor contract approved in January will idle as many as 90 workers at United Technologies Corp. Aerospace Systems'...

Cherokee County, Ala., authorities charge man in missing mom's death

Published Feb. 20 2017

Cherokee County, Ala., authorities jailed a man on Sunday in the death of his missing mother after the woman's body...

Knoxville's Max Ramsey tapped for National Historic Preservation Medal [photos]

Published Feb. 18 2017

Ramsey is soft-spoken and unassuming. The 83-year-old Knoxville resident will tell you about his work, but he only begrudgingly takes...

UPDATE: Georgia man arrested after high-speed chase, foot pursuit in Catoosa County

Published Feb. 16 2017

A Georgia man is behind bars after leading Georgia State Patrol officers on a pursuit on Interstate 75 that ended...

Search continues for man missing since SUV's plunge into Alabama lake in December

Published Feb. 15 2017

When he was last seen more than two months ago, Bobby Shore had escaped the rapidly sinking SUV that crashed...

Trooper charged in Grundy shots fired call faces March 9 court date

Published Feb. 14 2017

The head of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Special Investigations Bureau faces a March 9 date in Grundy County General Sessions...

Willard Clifton Land convicted of second-degree murder in death of Kerry Summer Angel

Published Feb. 11 2017

A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for just under two hours before finding Willard C. "Bill" Land...

Man found guilty of second-degree murder in steak-knife slaying

Published Feb. 10 2017

The man charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 steak-knife slaying of a 24-year-old Dunlap woman was found guilty of...

Suspect claims victim wanted sexual relationship, admits to stabbing victim once

Published Feb. 10 2017

On Thursday, the second day of testimony in the murder trial of Willard Clifton "Bill" Land, the accused took the...

Steak knife murder trial begins in Sequatchie County

Published Feb. 9 2017

DUNLAP, Tenn. — Murder trial defendant Willard Clifton "Bill" Land will take the stand this week to describe a self-defense...

Teen killed in officer-involved shooting in Jackson County, Ala.

Published Feb. 8 2017

An 18-year-old Pisgah, Ala., High School student is dead after he reportedly threatened a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy with a...

Reward offered for information on bald eagle shootings in Meigs and Rhea counties

Published Feb. 8 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is offering a $2,500 reward for information on the shootings of two bald eagles last...

Missing Tracy City man's body found Monday in Grundy Forest

Published Feb. 7 2017

Grundy County, Tenn., Sheriff Clint Shrum confirmed this morning that the body found Monday by a hiker in Grundy...