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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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.

State and federal officials have cleared the way for deep mine operations in Rhea County, Tenn., to begin extracting coal from Dayton Mountain.

After a trip that took almost 70 years and went halfway around the world and back, a Shelbyville, Tenn., farm boy who fought and died for his country on a French hillside finally got the send-off, the respect, the place of honor he earned with his life.

World War II veteran U.S. Army Pvt. First Class Cecil E. Harris will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery today at 1 p.m., bringing full circle his journey through time and halfway around the world.

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Monroe County, Tenn., officials have four months to fill the county sheriff’s position after Randy White’s August election was voided by a Chancery Court order.

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