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.

Man wanted on Alabama murder charge arrested in Georgia

Published Dec. 5 2017

A man being held in a Paulding County, Ga., jail is facing murder charges in Cherokee County, Ala., after a...

Skyline, Ala., stabbing suspect 'is on the loose'

Published Nov. 30 2017

Authorities in Jackson County, Ala., say one man is hospitalized with a stab wound and another remains at large with...

Cherokee County teen charged with abusing infant

Published Nov. 29 2017

A 17-year-old is behind bars in Cherokee County, N.C., on charges of child abuse involving an infant.

Franklin County approves $8 million bond issue for jail expansion

Published Nov. 28 2017

Franklin County, Tenn., officials recently approved an almost $8 million bond issue to fund a long-awaited expansion of the county's...

Three suspects arrested in connection with Polk County, Tenn., double homicide

Published Nov. 22 2017

Three suspects have been arrested in the March homicides of two Polk County, Tenn., men.

Fiery crash Tuesday in Coffee County claims two lives

Published Nov. 22 2017

Two people were killed early Tuesday in a fiery, two-vehicle crash on Interstate 24 in Coffee County, Tenn., according to...

Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle in Grundy County, Tenn.

Published Nov. 20 2017

A 67-year-old Gruetlil-Laager, Tenn., man died Sunday evening after being struck by a vehicle as he walked on a road...

Grundy County, Tenn., man jailed, charged with murder in wife's 2016 slaying

Published Nov. 15 2017

A Grundy County man is behind bars in Tennessee on a first-degree murder charge in the 2016 slaying of his...

Internet project in DeKalb County, Ala., gives students, teachers new tech edge

Published Nov. 14 2017

Students and teachers in DeKalb County, Ala., are a long stride closer to the cutting edge of technology thanks to...

Warren County, FAA investigate Tuesday plane crash in McMinnville, Tenn.

Published Nov. 8 2017

Federal officials say two people were aboard a small aircraft that crashed Tuesday night while en route to land at...

Police charge man in Cleveland, Tenn., Goodwill Store robbery

Published Nov. 8 2017

Authorities charged a man in the robbery of the Goodwill Store on Grove Avenue in Cleveland, Tenn.

Franklin County, Tenn., deputy arrested for tipping off suspect

Published Nov. 8 2017

A Franklin County, Tenn., deputy was behind bars after being charged on an indictment with misusing information in a criminal...


Band of thunderstorms bringing heavy rains to region

Published Nov. 7 2017

National Weather Service radar shows a band of thundershowers is passing through Hamilton County.

Rhea County, Tenn., man faces preliminary hearing in child porn case

Published Nov. 7 2017

A 44-year-old Rhea County, Tenn., man is due in court today for a preliminary hearing on charges related to making...

Walker sole commissioner to hold 'Facebook Live' session Monday on tax vote

Published Nov. 5 2017

Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield will hold a "Facebook Live" session Monday to explain the upcoming Transportation Special Purpose...

The painful past: Memories of Vietnam are not easily pushed aside

Published Nov. 3 2017

The day 22-year-old U.S. Army draftee Harland J. "Bud" Sutherland Jr. landed in Vietnam, he was unarmed, in his street...

The ship collision: Petty officer recalls ordeal aboard Navy destroyer

Published Nov. 3 2017

Pressing his feet against the gunwale and his back against a machine gun mount as the Pacific Ocean rose to...

The last of his kind: Altamont WWII veteran reflects on life in the military

Published Nov. 3 2017

Despite his 91 years, Grundy County, Tenn., World War II veteran Thomas Rollins sees himself as a youngster compared with...

DeKalb deputy killed in Tuesday crash not wearing seatbelt

Published Nov. 2 2017

A DeKalb County, Ala., deputy was not wearing a seatbelt when he crashed

DeKalb County, Ala., couple charged with dissemination of obscene material

Published Nov. 1 2017

Two people are facing felony charges related to bestiality, child porn, abuse and the distribution of obscene material in arrests...