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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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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DAYTON, Tenn. — A probe by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will follow the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Spring City man by a Rhea County deputy sheriff early Friday.

A Rhea County, Tenn., sheriff's deputy fatally shot a 23-year-old man who took a weapon from another deputy early this morning in the Rhea Medical Center emergency room, officials said.

Tennessee State Parks officials want to hear from the public on current business and management plans for Fall Creek Falls State Park on the Bledsoe-Van Buren county line.

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