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.

Athens gets grant help for free downtown Wi-Fi

Published Apr. 21 2019

Athens, Tennessee, is getting free public Wi-Fi in its downtown area thanks to an Appalachian Regional Commission grant and local...

Jackson, DeKalb counties in Alabama battling hepatitis A outbreak

Published Apr. 17 2019

An outbreak of hepatitis A in five Northeast Alabama counties - now nearing three dozen cases in DeKalb and Jackson...

State seeks dismissal of petition for new trial in Grundy County murder case

Published Apr. 17 2019

Tennessee prosecutors are seeking the dismissal of a petition for a new trial sought by a man convicted of murder...


Wife convicted in Franklin County veteran's slaying dies in custody weeks after being sentenced to life in prison

Published Apr. 15 2019

The convicted wife of a Franklin County, Tennessee, veteran has died in custody 22 days after being sentenced to life...

Grand jury presentation could be months away in capital murder case against Alabama man accused of killing 11-year-old girl

Published Apr. 15 2019

It could be months before a capital murder charge against an Alabama man accused of killing an 11-year-old girl last...

Hamilton County Election Commission OKs another $20,000 for House District 26 lawsuit legal fees

Published Apr. 10 2019

Hamilton County Election Commission members on Wednesday approved another $20,000 to pay ongoing legal fees stemming from last year's lawsuit...

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probing two inmate suicides that occurred in March at Franklin County Jail

Published Apr. 8 2019

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting in probing two apparent inmate suicides that happened two weeks apart in March...

Historic school building in Sequatchie County getting new life as apartments

Published Apr. 8 2019

DUNLAP, Tenn. — Sequatchie County's Liberty School has been home to many things in the past 80 years — a...

Work to fix landslide damage to U.S. 41 in Marion County to continue till at least fall

Published Apr. 8 2019

Multiple landslides along a mile-long section of highway in Marion County are forcing state officials to begin searching for long-term...

Man accused of fatally shooting wife in house full of children held on $1 million bond; charges bound over to grand jury

Published Apr. 3 2019

First-degree murder and attempted criminal homicide charges were bound over to the Grundy County grand jury this week in the...

Georgia man who police say tried to trade meth for a gun to kill his ex-wife now charged in federal court

Published Apr. 2 2019

A Georgia man charged last month with trying to trade meth to an undercover officer for a gun to use...

Michigan man hauls in state record yellow perch in Polk County

Published Apr. 2 2019

A man from Michigan caught the new state record yellow perch on Ocoee Lake.

Alabama authorities seek missing, pregnant teen and her 9-month-old child

Published Apr. 1 2019

Alabama authorities are looking for a pregnant 17-year-old and her 9-month-old son who were reported missing March 27 in Jackson...

Duck River Electric gets $2 million grant for broadband project

Published Mar. 28 2019

A $2 million grant awarded recently to the Duck River Electric Membership Corp. in Shelbyville, Tennessee, will go toward a...

Grundy County officer under investigation by TBI for improper sexual contact with a female inmate

Published Mar. 28 2019

A Grundy County Sheriff's Office officer is under investigation for improper conduct with a female inmate.

City officials deny wrongdoing, call for dismissal of Bledsoe County mayor's suit against Pikeville, Tennessee

Published Mar. 27 2019

The city of Pikeville, Tennessee, denies any wrongdoing or violations of state or federal law in answer to a Bledsoe...

Off-duty Ider, Alabama, police officer arrested, charged with DUI

Published Mar. 27 2019

An off-duty Ider, Alabama, police officer was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was pulled...

Bradley County authorities seek runaway juvenile

Published Mar. 27 2019

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public in locating a missing runaway.

New Cleveland committee holding monthly meetings to develop community vision for 2030

Published Mar. 26 2019

What would you like your hometown to look like a decade from now?

Body found in Fort Payne creek identified as Jacksonville, Ala., man

Published Mar. 26 2019

A man's body found March 21 in a small creek in Fort Payne, Alabama, has been identified as that of...