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.

Contact Ben at 423-757-6569 and at bbenton@timesfreepress.com.

Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/BenBenton.

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Grundy County has been slammed by the Tennessee comptroller's office for not correcting purchasing procedures, poor record-keeping and policy and organizational problems for two years.

More than 10 gallons of moonshine, a still, automatic weapons and a hydroponic marijuana operation were discovered by Hollywood, Ala., police and Alabama State Troopers on Monday at a welding business in Jackson County.

More than 10 gallons of moonshine, a whiskey still, automatic weapons and a hydroponic marijuana operation were discovered in a local welding shop in Hollywood, Ala., Monday night.

A former Coffee County, Tenn., jailer is behind bars, accused of charging inmates money to smuggle contraband into the jail.

A Tennessee man charged in a Murray County, Ga., underage sex investigation netted a 20-year sentence in Superior Court stemming from a three-count conviction in a June jury trial.

A 15-year-old LaFayette High School sophomore was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident off Dunwoody Road in North Georgia's Naomi community.

A pair of Walker County, Ga., men are behind bars awaiting extradition to Alabama to face murder charges in Cherokee County in connection with a Monday slaying in the Farill community.

A Tennessee Comptroller's Office investigation report uncovered problems in Meigs County's finance and school departments.

Cherokee County, Ala., authorities have named two Walker County, Ga., men in the killing of 39-year-old Billy Ingram at his home in the Farill community, not far from Weiss Lake.

A state Comptroller's Office investigation reports uncovered problems at Meigs County's Finance Department and School Department.

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