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  • Huntsville native awarded Army Commendation Medal with Valor

    Lieutenant Colonel Christopher M. Johnson is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. On November 2, 2006 then Captain Christopher M. Johnson was conducting operations near Tagab Village in Afghanistan when his convoy of vehicles was ambushed with a high volume of small arms and rocket propelled grenades from nearby orchards. During the ensuing firefight, Captain Johnson exposed himself to the enemy fire while organizing his unit’s defensive position. He then positioned his vehicle so his gunner could provide accurate and effective suppressive fire on […]

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    Awesome photos: Paraplegic veteran surprises bride with wheelchair-free dance

    FISHERS, Ind. – Sgt. Joe Johnson, who served in Afghanistan, pulled off a wedding surprise his wife, Michelle, will never forget. He joined her for their first dance without a wheelchair! 27-year-old Joe suffered a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident not long after returning from active duty. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Afghanistan and rode motorcycles for the rush. “I was going too fast on a curvy road,” said Joe in an interview with our sister […]

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    AL.com holds forum to discuss prison overcrowding, possible solutions

    Alabama prisons are overcrowded. Investigations by numerous groups show this, and on November 6, our news partners AL.com held a discussion to brainstorm solutions to correct the problem. According to their reports, the state’s prisons hold nearly twice the number of prisoners they were designed to house. The public form at The Huntsville Times building downtown was a way to address what could be done to increase prison capacity, improve conditions or use alternatives to incarceration. The forum was a partnership […]

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    Soldier heroically carries out duties

    Paul J. Narcisse, Jr. served with the United States Army. During Operation Desert Storm, he distinguished himself by his heroic actions. Narcisse was inducted into the Madison County Military Hall of Heroes on Nov. 10, 2014.

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    Lemur famous from the PBS show ‘Zoboomafoo’ dies at age 20

    DURHAM, N.C. – Jovian, the lemur famous from a PBS Kids show, died Monday. He was known for delighting children on the show ‘Zoboomafoo.’ Jovian taught children lessons about the animal kingdom along with hosts Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt. The program aired from 1999 to 2001, but has aired recently and many children have watched it on DVD. Jovian lived at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, N.C. He died of kidney failure at the age of 20, the […]

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    Man orders what he thought was a $37.50 bottle of wine — then the check arrived

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey man who thought he ordered a $37.50 bottle of wine was in for a big shock when he got the bill. NJ.com reported that Joe Lentini was attending a business dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa when he was asked by the host to pick a bottle of wine for the table. Lentini said he asked for the waitress to make a recommendation. She reportedly suggested a bottle […]

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    Scottsboro native heroically aided fellow soldiers in Vietnam

    This U.S. Army veteran is a native of Scottsboro, Alabama and entered service from Jackson County. On February 11, 1971, Jimmy D. Wilson was serving as a rifleman in the Hau Duc District in the Republic of Vietnam. With complete disregard for his personal safety Specialist Wilson braved intense volumes of enemy automatic weapons fire and rocket-propelled grenades to place accurate and devastating suppressive fire onto the well concealed enemy emplacements. Maneuvering across the battlefield he aided his fallen comrades […]

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    Pictures: October 13 Storm Damage

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Many of you sent pictures of storm clouds and damage on Monday, October 13. If you have more to share, please click the red ‘Submit Your Photo’ button to add them right to this gallery.  We can quickly approve them that way.  You can also email them to photo@whnt.com or submit them through the WHNT app or WHNT SAF-T-Net app.

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    Saluting our Heroes: Special Coverage

    These stories will air November 10-14, 2014. Check back for more information soon.

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    Rainsville man charged with sexual abuse of a child

    SYLVANIA, Ala. (WHNT) – DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said a Rainsville man was arrested Friday for a case involving the sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old. Roger Dale Harcrow, 63, is in the DeKalb County Detention Center awaiting bond. He is charged with eight counts of sex abuse. Sheriff Harris said an investigation began November 5 after a family reported the incident to Sylvania Police. Investigators worked with the Department of Human Resources, the Children’s […]

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    Video: Garth Brooks’ show-stopping moment for fan fighting cancer

    MINNEAPOLIS — Garth Brooks took a moment to honor a woman fight cancer during a concert in Minneapolis. Teresa Shaw traveled from Iowa to see Brooks in concert, according to KARE. During the song, The Dance, Shaw held up a sign that read, “Chemo this morning, Garth tonight. Enjoying The Dance.” An usher brought Shaw up to the front row where Brooks spotted her, sang to her, gave her his guitar and kissed her on the forehead. Brooks then took […]

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    Athens Police charge man in strangulation case

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Athens Police arrested a man Sunday in a domestic violence case.  They say Ronnie Lee Pylant, Jr. is the man charged. Pylant is charged with domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation. Police say this stems from an incident that happened October 14.  Officers took a report from Pylant’s girlfriend, who said Pylant got mad at her because she didn’t know how to back up his truck that had a manual transmission. She said Pylant hit her […]


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