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.

No festival strawberries from Tidwell's Berry Farms for first time in 33 years

Published Apr. 30 2017

For the first time in 33 years, Tidwell's Berry Farm in Spring City, Tenn., won't have strawberries for sale as...

Chattanooga area nearly drought-free after recent rains

Published Apr. 28 2017

In Tennessee, the drought is quenched. For now.

Authorities seek man who dragged Grundy deputy with ATV

Published Apr. 27 2017

Grundy County authorities have identified the man being sought for fleeing on an ATV from a deputy and dragging the...

Rhea County woman admits to shooting husband, wrapping body in tape and trash bags

Published Apr. 25 2017

The Rhea County, Tenn., woman charged in the death of her husband, who was found Monday shot dead and wrapped...

Grundy searching for ATV rider who dragged deputy down road

Published Apr. 25 2017

Grundy County authorities are looking for a person with a shotgun who was riding an ATV on Woodland Avenue in...

Jury conviction in Cowan, Tenn., cornfield killing upheld

Published Apr. 25 2017

The conviction of one of four men jailed in the March 2013 beating death of a Cowan, Tenn., man whose...

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,...