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.

TBI investigating Tullahoma police chief over son's crash

Published Dec. 17 2018

The longtime police chief in Tullahoma, Tennessee, is being investigated by the TBI.

Demolition, new construction launch next era at Fall Creek Falls

Published Dec. 17 2018

The end of an era came to a close on the Cumberland Plateau as the site of the former inn...

No damages, but a few scares reported in wake of Meigs County earthquakes

Published Dec. 12 2018

Meigs County, Tennessee, residents Judy and Bill Emerson have lived on Woods Hollow Road since 1990. Their home is barely...


Two earthquakes hit Meigs County near Watts Bar early Wednesday

Published Dec. 12 2018

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rocked Meigs County, Tennessee, early Wednesday less than 10 miles north of Decatur near Watts Bar...

One of two sets of skeletal remains found in Jackson County identified

Published Dec. 5 2018

Authorities in Jackson County, Alabama, have identified one of two sets of skeletal remains found within days of each other...

Historic Cleveland Neighborhood Association seeks support on proposed rezoning of Church Street property

Published Dec. 5 2018

The Historic Cleveland Neighborhood Association opposes the proposed rezoning of a Church Street home owned by Lee University.

Four charged on 10-count indictment in 2017 shooting, hanging

Published Dec. 4 2018

Four people are in custody in Coffee County, Tennessee, stemming from the slaying of a Tullahoma man found hanging from...

Former Coffee County jailer charged in inmate assault

Published Nov. 22 2018

A former correctional officer accused of attacking an inmate in October in the Coffee County jail in Manchester, Tennessee, has...

Coffee County, Tennessee officer jailed in Franklin County after shots fired from AR-15

Published Nov. 21 2018

A 24-year-old Coffee County, Tennessee, corrections officer is facing charges in neighboring Franklin County after he fired multiple shots from...

Authorities investigating body found Sunday near Hollywood, Ala., as homicide

Published Nov. 20 2018

Jackson County, Alabama, authorities are treating the weekend discovery of a badly decomposed body in the Hollywood area as a...

Ben Lomand Communications using $1.8 million grant to connect 265 households in Marion, Franklin counties to broadband

Published Nov. 19 2018

More than 250 households along the Marion-Franklin county line on Monteagle Mountain in Tennessee will be able to access state-of-the-art...

Study under way for rock slide mitigation project on Highway 30 in Bledsoe County

Published Nov. 19 2018

If you don't really think about it, those giant boulders looming above State Route 30 west of Pikeville, Tennessee, look...

Weather, gas prices, plane tickets and more you need to know about if you're traveling for Thanksgiving

Published Nov. 19 2018

A booming economy, declining gas prices and growing household wealth could fuel one of the biggest Thanksgiving travel holidays in...

Nearly $22,000 still missing from Bradley, Marion, Sequatchie public offices [document]

Published Nov. 8 2018

Publicly funded offices in Bradley, Marion, and Sequatchie counties are among the Tennessee counties listed this week by the state...

Woman convicted in 2016 Whitwell pawn shop slaying sentenced to life plus 80 years

Published Nov. 8 2018

The woman convicted of murder, robbery and arson in the 2016 slaying of a Whitwell, Tennessee, pawn shop owner was...

Cleveland, Marion, Tracy City pass alcohol referendums; nine regional cities pick leaders

Published Nov. 7 2018

Tennessee voters in Cleveland, Marion County and Tracy City passed alcohol-related referendums Tuesday, and voters there and in three other...

Election Day storm in Grundy County confirmed as EF2 tornado

Published Nov. 7 2018

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that the storm that plowed through Grundy County, Tennessee, early Tuesday was a tornado...

Suspected tornado destroys homes, causes school, road closures in Grundy County

Published Nov. 6 2018

A tornado tore a path across Tennessee's Franklin and Coffee counties early Tuesday before the storm headed into Grundy County,...

Service to fellow veterans and coworkers a lifelong commitment for McDaris

Published Nov. 4 2018

Chances are if you knew retired Lt. Col. U.S. Army Larry McDaris Jr., at some point he had your back.

Conscientious objector reflects on his faith, Vietnam

Published Nov. 4 2018

Philip George Garver served 11 months of active duty in Vietnam, and during his service, he earned the American Honor...