Ben Benton (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6569
E-mail: bbenton@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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 bbenton@timesfreepress.com or twitter.com/BenBenton or www.facebook.com/ben.benton1 or 423-757-6569.

Closing arguments up next in Rhea County trial of woman charged with shooting and killing her husband in 2017

Published Jun. 20 2019

Closing arguments will begin Friday in the Rhea County murder trial of Patricia Kaye Wilkey, charged with shooting and killing...

Former officers testify about murder victim's acts of violence, psychotic episode in Rhea County murder case

Published Jun. 19 2019

After the state's last witness took the stand Wednesday for defense cross examination to start the day in the Rhea...

Recorded interview of suspect ends day of testimony in Rhea County 2017 murder trial

Published Jun. 18 2019

All told, nine state witnesses took the stand Tuesday in the first-degree murder prosecution of Patricia K. Wilkey in the...

Jury to begin hearing testimony in trial of Rhea County woman charged in 2017 slaying of her husband

Published Jun. 17 2019

A sequestered jury of eight women and five men was seated late Monday to hear testimony in the trial of...

Jury selection begins Monday in 2017 Rhea County slaying

Published Jun. 17 2019

Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of a Rhea County, Tennessee, woman charged in the 2017 death of her...

Rhea County justice center project steps ahead with $25 million in funding

Published Jun. 14 2019

Rhea County commissioners have approved a loan that includes $22 million to convert the county's old hospital into a new...

Three more defendants plead guilty in Franklin County veteran's 2017 slaying

Published Jun. 11 2019

Three more of the six people charged in the 2017 slaying of a 50-year-old Franklin County, Tennessee, veteran have pleaded...

Earthquake rattles North Jackson County, Alabama, on Tuesday

Published Jun. 11 2019

Folks in Jackson County, Alabama, earlier today were rattled by a magnitude 2.4 earthquake that struck about 7.5 miles beneath...

Man gets 30-year prison sentence in Rhea County child sex case

Published Jun. 10 2019

A Dayton, Tennessee, man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to child sex crimes involving...

I-59 reduced to one lane in DeKalb County for bridge repairs

Published Jun. 10 2019

Repair work on the interstate bridge at exit 239 on Interstate 59 in DeKalb County, Alabama, began today, according to...

Rain returns, should bring moderate temperatures to Chattanooga region for next few days

Published Jun. 5 2019

Just when it started feeling like a trip back in time to 2016 when heat and dryness were setting records...

Bond revoked for man charged with 2017 rape and murder of Etowah woman

Published Jun. 4 2019

A McMinn County, Tennessee, man charged with the rape and murder of an 18-year-old Etowah woman will remain in jail...


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Marion County detective recovering after she was accidentally shot; fellow officers help with fundraiser, ramp and mowing

Published Jun. 3 2019

Marion County sheriff's detective Beth Schindel, who was accidentally shot by a fellow officer May 22 inside the agency's office...

Bledsoe County school board votes to seek the ouster of fellow member

Published May. 30 2019

The Bledsoe County Board of Education in a recent called meeting voted to extend already existing sanctions against one of...

Suspect in the 2017 rape and slaying of an 18-year-old Etowah woman faces bond hearing Monday

Published May. 29 2019

The suspect in the 2017 rape and slaying of an 18-year-old Etowah woman faces a court hearing Monday in the...

Memorial Day incidents across the Chattanooga region claim several lives

Published May. 28 2019

Memorial Day was marked by tragic water-related incidents in the tri-state area that ended in fatalities, including a deadly jump...

Body of Cleveland man who drowned in Ocoee River has been identified

Published May. 28 2019

The 26-year-old Cleveland man who drowned in the Ocoee River near the whitewater center has been identified.

Police charge two students with felony vandalism at University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee

Published May. 23 2019

Sewanee police at the University of the South in Franklin County, Tennessee, have charged two students with felony vandalism after...

Marion County detective shot Wednesday identified

Published May. 23 2019

A Marion County, Tennessee, detective injured in an accidental shooting at the Marion County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday has been...

Expert speakers, music and family fun featured during Heartwood group's spring council at Coker Creek Village this weekend

Published May. 22 2019

For outdoors enthusiasts, conservationists or people who simply love nature, a regional meeting of like-minded folks set this weekend at...