Ben Benton

phone: 423-757-6569

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education.

Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage.

He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School.

Benton has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the the University of Tennessee.

In 2003, he won first place for Best New Photograph in Group III of the Tennessee Press Association contest. He also placed fourth for Best News Story the same year.

Ben previously worked at The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens, Tenn., The Herald-News, in Dayton, Tenn., and at the Knoxville Journal, in Knoxville.

Ben lives in Chattanooga with his wife, son and father. He has been a Chattanooga resident since 1988.

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The arborist who analyzed the Norway maple on the Jackson County, Ala., courthouse lawn says the 80- to 100-year-old tree poses a safety hazard and needs to come down.

New Grundy County, Tenn., Sheriff Clint Shrum, who took his post Sept. 1, has spent the month getting started with a clean slate, beginning with an evidence room audit and policy updates.

When the colors of fall 2015 on Sand Mountain become the backdrop for the Alabama Highway 35 bridge over the Tennessee River at Scottsboro, the $54.9 million project to replace the 84-year-old B.B. Comer Bridge should be complete, state officials say.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. -- While the official verdict isn't in, the end seems inevitable for the Jackson County Courthouse's last maple tree.

As summer drifts into fall and homeowners start raking up leaves to burn, state forestry officials in Chattanooga’s tri-state region are reminding people that they’ll need a burn permit starting in October and continuing through next spring.

HALETOWN, Tenn. — Haletown resident Chris McNabb was born 53 years ago on the old U.S. Highway 41 bridge over the Tennessee River.

Rhea Middle School continues to dry out, but students and teachers are back in the classrooms today after up to 50,000 gallons of water leaked into the school's main hallway early Saturday.

The man charged in Marion County, Tenn., in the 2012 death of his 3-month-old son continues to hold out against extradition as state officials seek a governor's warrant.

People in nearby rural communities are struggling with getting health care despite ongoing efforts to boost health insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act.

A trial date has been set for the couple charged in the August 2013 death of 5-year-old Spring City, Tenn., boy Landon Robbins.

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