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.

Pedestrian killed in Calhoun, Tenn., train collision

Published Aug. 16 2018

A collision between a pedestrian and a Norfolk Southern train in Calhoun, Tennessee, claimed one life late Wednesday.

Marion County man's appeal denied in 2016 conviction, sentence in death of infant son [document]

Published Aug. 15 2018

A Marion County man's appeal of his conviction, motion for new trial and 25-year sentence in the battering death of...

Polk County church destroyed Wednesday by suspicious fire

Published Aug. 15 2018

Arson is suspected in a fire early Wednesday that destroyed a Polk County, Tennessee, church, according to authorities.

Blue Cove Hideaway has not been permanently shut down...yet

Published Aug. 14 2018

The popular but troubled Blue Cove Hideaway camp in McMinn County, Tennessee, has been ordered permanently closed by a judge,...

Former Dunlap, Tennessee employee sues city, mayor for $3 million in suit over firing after 2017 mayoral election

Published Aug. 9 2018

A former 25-year employee of the city of Dunlap, Tennessee is suing the town and its mayor in federal court...

Few details emerge in 2017 South Pittsburg infant death case

Published Aug. 9 2018

Few details were available Thursday in the arrest this week of a 22-year-old Marion County, Tennessee, man who is charged...

Dunlap deputy fire chief's barn burns Tuesday; lightning blamed

Published Aug. 8 2018

Firefighters in Dunlap on Tuesday found themselves battling a blaze at property belonging to one of their own.

Trial date set in 2017 Bledsoe double ax killings

Published Aug. 7 2018

A trial date has been set for the man charged in the November 2017 double slayings of a Bledsoe County,...

2018 primary election turnout higher than 2010, 2014

Published Aug. 2 2018

Overcast skies and the occasional downpour didn't deter Hamilton County voters from turning out at the polls Thursday and surpassing...

Hamilton County election day voter turnout 'steady' despite rain, traffic

Published Aug. 2 2018

Polls across Hamilton County close in less than two hours, and despite the rainy weather, some precincts are seeing much...

Early voting turnout in Hamilton County places last in state

Published Aug. 2 2018

State election records on early voting that ended July 28 show Hamilton County dead last in voter turnout, a significant...

Crashes snarled morning commuters in Chattanooga

Published Aug. 2 2018

Inbound traffic on interstates 24 and 75 was backed up onto Interstate 75 in both directions after an initial crash...


Fort Payne woman killed, two injured in Wednesday morning crash

Published Aug. 1 2018

A 39-year-old Fort Payne, Alabama, woman was killed and two others were injured early Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash in...

Sequatchie, Polk, Coffee, have some of the hottest regional ballots

Published Jul. 31 2018

In August general elections across Southeast Tennessee, voters will change the face of most county governments from the county commission...

'Grow with Google' tour workshop coming to Scottsboro Aug. 10

Published Jul. 29 2018

Alex, ms edited; with breakout boxes and a file photo

TBI arrests two more suspects in Bledsoe County man's April death

Published Jul. 26 2018

The TBI has arrested two more suspects in addition to one suspect already charged in a Bledsoe County homicide investigation...

Bledsoe County woman convicted of murder in 2004 granted clemency by Gov. Haslam

Published Jul. 26 2018

A Bledsoe County woman convicted of second-degree murder in 2004 was granted clemency Thursday by Gov. Bill Haslam. Three other...

Bridgeport, Alabama bank robbery suspect also sought in Kentucky robbery

Published Jul. 25 2018

One of possibly two suspects involved in a July 20 bank robbery in Bridgeport, Alabama, is in custody in Marion...

Cherokee Cultural Celebration set for Aug. 4-5 at Red Clay State Park

Published Jul. 25 2018

Red Clay State Park in Bradley County, Tennessee, will be the site of the 2018 Cherokee Cultural Celebration on Aug....

Suspect sought in connection to Grundy County tractor theft

Published Jul. 24 2018

The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help identifying a suspect they say stole a tractor on...