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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It's not easy to run a volunteer fire department when your best source of income comes from fundraising roadblocks that now have drawn the attention of Tennessee state troopers.
Since the tiny town of Huntland in Franklin County, Tenn., last June became the state's first municipality to pass an ordinance requiring a doctor's prescription to buy pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines, the idea has spread like wildfire.
While Tullahoma, Tenn., physician Harry Bartee continues to recover from his wounds after being shot at least four times Wednesday on the town square in Manchester, Tenn., his estranged wife's bond was dramatically reduced Thursday.
A doctor attending a mediation session in Manchester, Tenn., was gunned down by his estranged wife in front of his lawyer's office Wednesday afternoon on the downtown square, police said.
The Mountain Goat Trail in Tennessee's Franklin and Grundy counties could have more than a $1.2 million net annual economic impact on the Monteagle Mountain community and cities along the 35-mile route, a report found.
Investigators believe a fire that caused smoke and water damage to the Coffee County Drug Court building Tuesday morning was intentionally set, possibly by someone who was scheduled for a drug test or hearing that day.
Manchester Police Department officials confirmed this afternoon that detectives are investigating a shooting that happened in front of a lawyers office on North Spring Street about 1 p.m. CST today.
WINCHESTER, Tenn. — The 77-year-old Franklin County Courthouse clock hasn't worked reliably for most of Keith Henley's lifetime.
A Rocky Face, Ga., man charged in April with stabbing a Walker County man to death was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of felony murder this week in Whitfield County.
The results of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into a fatal shooting by a Marion County deputy in September will be submitted soon to 12th Judicial District Attorney Mike Taylor, but officials remain mum on the outcome.