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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MONTEAGLE, Tenn. — The Highlander Folk School on Monteagle Mountain is steeped in some of the most important times in American history, figuring prominently in organized labor efforts in the South and as a training ground for leaders of the civil rights movement.

The man charged in Marion County, Tenn., with the June 2012 battering death of his infant son finally waived his extradition rights this week in Whitfield County, Ga., allowing his return to Tennessee to face murder charges.

The man charged in Marion County, Tenn., with the June 2012 death of his 3-month-old son waived his extradition rights and is back in the Volunteer state to faces murder charges.

A man and woman sought by Coffee County, Tenn., authorities have been located in Sequatchie County with more than $90,000 in cash from a home burglary.

Searchers in southeast Bledsoe County on Tuesday located the body of a man reported missing on Sunday atop Waldens Ridge near the Bledsoe-Hamilton-Rhea county lines.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- Regardless of what the future holds, technology almost certainly will play a part for students at teacher Ryan Lewis' alma mater South Pittsburg High School.

A Fort Payne, Ala., man is dead and his neighbor is charged with murder in the investigation of a Saturday slaying in a mobile home park in the south end of town.

Fort Payne, Ala., police have charged a local man in the Saturday slaying of his neighbor in a mobile home park in the south end of town.

COKER CREEK, Tenn. — As he walks the trail that leads across almost 400 acres of woodland south of Coker Creek, Tenn., it's not hard for Jim Sirmans to imagine the Appalachian native peoples living and thriving among the hollows and majestic peaks.

For Madge Boggild the opening of the new $21.5 million bridge over the Tennessee River at Haletown, Tenn., brought her relationship with the crossing on U.S. Highway 41 full circle.

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