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.

Man leads Alabama deputies on chase in motorhome then on foot

Published Aug. 18 2019

A Fort Payne man was jailed Friday on a string of charges after he led sheriff's deputies on a chase...

Trail of Tears damage by Forest Service in Coker Creek still not fixed

Published Aug. 16 2019

Damage done in 2014 by the U.S. Forest Service to a section of the Trail of Tears in Monroe County,...

Bledsoe County Commission approves 18-cent property tax hike

Published Aug. 13 2019

Commissioners in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, last week approved their second shortfall budget for the coming fiscal year, but this one...


Fiber cut causes widespread landline phone outages in Chattanooga region, services now restored

Published Aug. 12 2019

Service has been restored for customers in parts of the Tennessee area who may have been affected by the fiber...

1.9 magnitude quake shakes Aetna Mountain in East Marion County

Published Aug. 11 2019

A magnitude 1.9 earthquake struck Aetna Mountain in Marion County, Tennessee, about mid-morning Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Out of prison, Adam Braseel is a free man on a mission

Published Aug. 9 2019

On his sixth day of freedom, Adam Braseel sat in his sister's backyard, taking in a warm August morning under...

TBI investigating after body found behind Piggly Wiggly in Etowah, Tennessee

Published Aug. 6 2019

State and local authorities are investigating the discovery Monday of human remains behind an Etowah, Tennessee, grocery store.

Bledsoe County, Tennessee, budget is back to the drawing board in search of cuts

Published Aug. 1 2019

Commissioners in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, have asked county department heads to trim 8% from their 2019-20 budgets in hopes of...

First day of school kicks off this week for many students in the Chattanooga region

Published Jul. 31 2019

Students in Murray County, Georgia, still have the latest school start date in the Chattanooga region with a post-Labor Day...

Police: Man who took three hostages dies after being shot by Chattanooga police officers

Published Jul. 31 2019

A man was shot and fatally wounded by police early Wednesday after they say he took three hostages and pointed...

New trial petition hearing resumes Friday for man convicted of murder in 2006 Grundy County slaying

Published Jul. 30 2019

Adam Braseel, convicted of first-degree murder in the 2006 slaying of a Tracy City, Tennessee, man, will be in court...

Police: Man dies after being shot during McMinn County home invasion

Published Jul. 29 2019

An Athens, Tennessee, man was shot dead early Sunday after people at a County Road 114 home said he attempted...


Grundy County officers placed on paid leave amid indictments on charges of using excessive force

Published Jul. 26 2019

Two father-and-son Grundy County, Tennessee, sheriff's employees are on paid administrative leave after they were charged earlier this week with...

Tennessee Department of Correction makes 14 arrests in contraband operation at Bledsoe County prison

Published Jul. 25 2019

An investigation by the Tennessee Department of Correction resulted in 14 arrests Wednesday, including people who were accused of either...

Bledsoe County, Tennessee, mayor vetoes budget that contains a more-than-$500,000 revenue shortfall

Published Jul. 24 2019

The mayor of Bledsoe County, Tennessee, has vetoed a budget approved last week by the county commission that contained a...

Grundy County officers indicted for civil rights offenses

Published Jul. 24 2019

Federal officials say two Grundy County (Tennessee) Sheriff's Department officers have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Chattanooga...

Etowah, Tennessee, man indicted by grand jury in 2017 rape-murder case

Published Jul. 23 2019

The Etowah, Tennessee, man charged in the 2017 rape and murder of an 18-year-old Etowah woman was indicted by a...

Tennessee engineer recalls work on Apollo at Tullahoma's Arnold Air Force Base

Published Jul. 19 2019

It took the hard work and coordination of about 400,000 people to put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the...

Suspect in DeKalb County, Ala., officer-involved shooting still hospitalized

Published Jul. 16 2019

A man pursued by authorities in a three-county chase in Northeast Alabama at one point slowed down enough to allow...

Chattanooga area conservationists plan Atlanta rally against proposed U.S. Forest Service rule change

Published Jul. 14 2019

A regional coalition of conservationist groups say the U.S. Forest Service has proposed a new rule that dramatically limits public...