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.

Wet weather is hampering retention pond project in Pikeville, Tennessee

Published Feb. 24 2019

On recent - and rare - days when there's no rainfall, the crew with Angel Brothers Construction in Pikeville, Tennessee,...

Man sentenced to 38 years in prison for 2016 slaying in Marion County, Tennessee

Published Feb. 20 2019

A man charged in the 2016 slaying of a Marion County, Tennessee, man was sentenced Tuesday to 38 years in...

Centre, Alabama, man killed in crash near Fort Payne

Published Feb. 20 2019

A single vehicle crash early Wednesday in DeKalb County, Alabama, claimed the life of a 45-year-old man from Centre in...


Heavy rains, thunderstorms and flooding expected through Wednesday; drier conditions forecasted for Thursday

Published Feb. 20 2019

Accumulations are already 5 inches above average for the year with Tuesday's 1.5 inches of rain, and heavy rain and...

Authorities warn of road closures, trouble spots from flooding across Hamilton County

Published Feb. 20 2019

Hamilton County authorities are warning residents of the potential for flash flooding across the area Wednesday and areas where there...

Man indicted in fatal September 2018 shooting in Sequatchie County, Tennessee

Published Feb. 19 2019

A Sequatchie County, Tennessee, man charged in a fatal September 2018 shooting has been indicted by a grand jury and...

Ringgold police seek suspects in early-Tuesday break-in

Published Feb. 19 2019

Police in Ringgold, Georgia, are looking for two black men they say forced their way into the Victory Fuels store...

Controversy over Pikeville's historic Ross House sparks solutions, teamwork in Bledsoe County, Tennessee

Published Feb. 17 2019

The Bledsoe County Historical and Genealogical Society was blindsided last month when a local commissioner suggested the historic Ross House...

Seventh and final suspect in custody in the 2017 killing of man found shot and hanged from tree in Franklin County, Tennessee

Published Feb. 14 2019

The seventh and final suspect is in custody in the October 2017 killing of a Tullahoma, Tennessee, man who was...

Rhea County man booked on more charges in child rape case after second accuser comes forward

Published Feb. 13 2019

A Dayton, Tennessee, man charged in a child rape investigation is now facing two additional counts after a second girl...

Former Jasper Elementary School parent teacher organization president charged with theft

Published Feb. 13 2019

A former PTO president at Jasper Elementary School in Marion County, Tennessee, has been indicted on felony theft charges.

New trial date set for Grundy County man charged in 2016 slaying of his wife

Published Feb. 12 2019

A new trial date has been set for a Grundy County, Tennessee, man charged in the 2016 slaying of his...

Former city clerk sentenced to 10 years probation, restitution on felony ethics violation in Pisgah, Alabama

Published Feb. 11 2019

The former city clerk in Pisgah, Alabama, was sentenced last week to 10 years probation and ordered to pay restitution...

Domestic argument led to fatal Grundy County shooting after woman's father showed up

Published Feb. 11 2019

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrimp issued a statement this morning giving more details about a fatal shooting that happened over...

Multi-vehicle crash closes Interstate 24 in both directions in Marion County

Published Feb. 11 2019

A multiple-vehicle crash at mile marker 166 on Interstate 24 in Marion County has closed the highway.

One dead in Saturday shooting in Grundy, victim identified

Published Feb. 10 2019

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum confirmed Sunday afternoon that man was killed in a shooting Saturday night and the Tennessee...

Three men injured in two early morning shootings Sunday

Published Feb. 10 2019

Two men were injured in a shooting outside a Brainerd Road nightclub early Sunday morning. A third man later showed...

Sequatchie County Commission signs five-year contract with Puckett for ambulance service, additional vehicle

Published Feb. 6 2019

A five-year contract approved last week by the Sequatchie County Commission extends an agreement with privately owned Puckett EMS to...

Warm snap could bring record high temperatures to Chattanooga region

Published Feb. 6 2019

Barely a week since schools were called off in anticipation of snow and bitter cold, a warm snap could set...

Six now charged in slaying of Tullahoma, Tennessee, man found hanged in Franklin County

Published Feb. 4 2019

Suspects in the slaying of a Tullahoma, Tennessee, man found hanging from a Franklin County tree in 2017 now number...