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.

Jackson County authorities have person of interest in Tuesday death investigation

Published Oct. 18 2018

Authorities in Jackson County, Alabama, have a person of interest in the Tuesday night death of a 25-year-old woman who...

Bradley County chase suspect facing multiple counts

Published Oct. 18 2018

A Crandall, Georgia, man is facing multiple charges in connection with a high-speed police pursuit Wednesday that ended in Bradley...

National Park Service to help with development of Sequatchie River water trail

Published Oct. 16 2018

A National Park Service program will help officials develop ideas and plans for a water trail on the Sequatchie River,...

Franklin County man jailed for pistol-whipping man with his own gun, shooting at him

Published Oct. 11 2018

A Franklin County, Tennessee, man remains jailed on $100,000 bond and faces a Dec. 3 court date after authorities say...

Rhea County man gets 16-year prison sentence in aggravated sexual battery plea

Published Oct. 11 2018

A Rhea County, Tennessee, man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on a plea to two counts of...

Dunlap vice mayor dies after bee sting

Published Oct. 9 2018

Dunlap residents are mourning after the town's 46-year-old vice mayor, Jeff B. Johnson, died Monday.

Motorcycle crash on Cummings Highway claims man's life

Published Oct. 9 2018

A crash around 5 p.m. Monday involving a passenger car and a motorcycle claimed the life of a 40-year-old man...

Coffee County taxpayers hit with $1 million in damages in employee discrimination lawsuit

Published Oct. 4 2018

Barring a reversal by the Tennessee Supreme Court, Coffee County taxpayers will foot the bill in an estimated $1 million...

Audit: Coffee County 911 office made suspicious payments to director, employee's relatives

Published Oct. 3 2018

Tennessee Comptroller's Office auditors in a statement issued Wednesday say Coffee County's 911 office made a questionable $15,000 payment to...

Rabies vaccine baits to be dropped across region in coming weeks

Published Oct. 2 2018

Aiming primarily at those rascally raccoons and stinky skunks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state officials in Tennessee,...

Bledsoe County father, son arrested after drive-by shotgun shooting

Published Oct. 1 2018

Bledsoe County authorities on Sunday arrested a father and son after an exchange of gunfire with another man.

Jackson County, Alabama man charged in kidnapping, murder of missing man

Published Sep. 27 2018

A 31-year-old Woodville, Alabama, man is being held on almost $226,000 bond on kidnapping and murder charges stemming from a...

Scottsboro, Alabama, man jailed after two-state chase

Published Sep. 27 2018

A Scottsboro, Alabama, man has been booked on multiple charges after he led authorities on a two-state chase on Tuesday...

One dead in Soddy-Daisy flooding; record-setting rain pummels tri-state area

Published Sep. 26 2018

Soddy-Daisy police confirm that some parts of the north end of town are experiencing flooding and residents and travelers are...

Heavy rains early Wednesday expected to cause crummy commutes

Published Sep. 25 2018

Rainfall in Chattanooga Monday set a new record, and some parts of North Georgia saw more than 5 inches as...

One dead, three injured in Sunday shooting in Grundy

Published Sep. 23 2018

Grundy County, Tennessee, authorities have confirmed that a shooting Sunday on State Route 108 left one person dead and three...

New Whitwell Middle School student expelled after creating 'Death Wish' hit list

Published Sep. 20 2018

A Whitwell (Tenn.) Middle School sixth-grader has been expelled over what has been characterized by the school system director as...

'Smoke in the Valley' BBQ competition set in Bledsoe County this weekend

Published Sep. 20 2018

The Bledsoe County Rescue Squad's sixth annual Smoke in the Valley BBQ Competition & Festival will be happening all day...

Olgiati Bridge work to close lanes Thursday and Friday

Published Sep. 20 2018

Traffic crossing the Olgiati Bridge Thursday and Friday will encounter closed lanes in both directions.

Bledsoe board member banned from school property after complaint

Published Sep. 19 2018

A member of the Bledsoe County Board of Education was publicly censured this week over an ethics violation.