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Aaron joined WHNT News 19 in September 2016 as a Reporter/MMJ. Before joining the team; Aaron worked as a Reporter/MMJ in Monroe, Louisiana.

Aaron has covered many topics from the historic ArkLaMiss Flooding to the shooting death of Alton Sterling, and the protests in Baton Rouge.

He is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, but went to school at Middle Tennessee State University. While there, he was a Anchor/Reporter for his college station MT10 and interned at WTVF in Nashville for a year.

Aaron has a huge passion for reporting and storytelling. He loves meeting new people and sharing their stories.

He’s happy to be closer to home and to be here in the Tennessee Valley.

In his spare time Aaron likes to hang with friends, hike, and listen to music. So don’t be surprised if you see him singing or dancing in his car; just wave and join in.

If you have any news tips, comments, questions, or just want to say hi you can email him at aaron.cantrell@whnt.com, find him on Twitter @Aaronthenewsguy, or on Facebook @AaronCantrellWHNT.


Recent Articles
  • High School Couple Passes Away After Deadly Wreck on Easter Weekend

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Family members confirm 18-year-old Johathan Thornton and 16-year-old Maddie Echols died following last Friday’s wreck on Gullion road near Lacey’s Spring. Family members say the two were dating at the time of the crash and in the prime of their lives. According to Jonathan Thornton’s GoFundMe Page he was set to graduate from Buckhorn High School in May. Echols was a student at Grissom High School. Alabama State Troopers tell WHNT News 19 Thornton died the night of the crash. Echols […]

  • Commuters Fed up with Train stopping on the track for a long period of time

    Madison, Ala. – A problem in Madison has caused some people to speak out on their social media pages. A resident said the problem is with a train. They said a train just sits on the tracks during rush hour. She said the tracks on Shelton road near Portal road is very troublesome. She said the train will be stopped on the track for a long period of time. The delay causes drivers to look for alternative routes that aren’t […]

  • Police charge mom with capital murder in connection to daughter’s death

    ATHENS, Ala.- Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said Stephanie Smith’s confession is something he’s never really seen before. “She came in wanting to tell what occurred,” Chief Johnson explained. Last week police say Smith told police she killed her 4-year-old daughter Zadie Cooper by smothering her with a pillow in the summer of 2016. Police say Smith claimed to suffer from a mental illness and didn’t know what she was doing. Smith’s story was different from what she told police […]

  • Tennessee Valley Students compete in The Mad City Classic Greenpower USA Electric Car race

    Madison County, Ala. – James Clemens High School hosted the second annual Mad City Classic Greenpower USA Electric Car race today. There were Elementary teams, Middle School and High School students all competing in different groups. 8th grader Kaden McCreery was one of the many students who came out to participate. He recently moved to the Tennessee Valley and when he signed up for classes he learned about greenpower racing. “I’m sitting there like, hey there’s this green car class. […]

  • Discovery Middle School Honors their military students & families

    MADISON, Ala. – April is the National Month of the Military Child. It’s a time to recognize children and their military families. Discovery Middle School in Madison decided to celebrate this month and honor their military students all week. On Friday, the students assembled on the football field for a large balloon release in honor of military connected students, parents, and siblings to end their week of celebration. The school said there are more than 200 kids at Discovery Middle that have […]

  • Downtown Rescue Mission fed the needy during Easter Resurrection Banquet

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Every year, the Downtown Rescue Mission helps homeless and families in need. This year, the Mission hosted its second Resurrection Banquet for its list of community outreach events, in celebration of Easter. On Friday, the Mission served a traditional Easter meal for those in need, including Joshua Law. He benefits a lot from the mission. He’s currently in one of their programs getting help and works in their kitchen. He said he’s seen several people come in and out of […]

  • Authorities say mom claims mental illness caused her to kill her 4-year-old daughter

    ATHENS, Ala.- Wednesday investigators arrested 25-year-old Stephanie Dian Smith, also known as Stephanie Dian Cooper, and charged her with capital murder in connection to the death of her child. On the Fourth of July in 2016, Smith called 911 and reported her daughter was not breathing. Police say 4-year-old Zadie Cooper was transported to Athens-Limestone Hospital, then transferred to Huntsville Hospital later that day. Huntsville Hospital performed a series of tests and determined there was no brain activity. On July 7, 2016, the […]

  • Issues inside the Lauderdale County Detention Center

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Sheriff Rick Singleton said 43-year-old Christopher Wayne Kilpatrick was able to escape the Lauderdale County Detention Center Saturday night by climbing on the roof of the center. Kilpatrick wasn’t the first inmate to climb on the roof. “About two or three weeks ago we had an inmate spotted on the roof by a Florence police officer. We apprehended him before he got off the roof,” Sheriff Singleton said. He said this inmate was able to get […]

  • Authorities update the public on escaped inmate accused of shooting at law enforcement

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities are searching for an inmate that escaped from the Lauderdale County Detention Center Saturday night. They said Christopher Wayne Kilpatrick, 43, was last seen fleeing south along Seminary Street from the detention center around 9:14 Saturday night. Kilpatrick was being held without bond and was awaiting trial for the attempted murder of a Florence Police Officer. He was involved in a shootout with officers last August where he was wounded and taken into custody. Authorities said he […]

  • Community gets an inside look at The Huntsville Islamic Center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are many misconceptions about people and their beliefs across the world and to help with that, The Huntsville Islamic Center hosted “Meet Your Muslim Neighbor” on Saturday. People got the chance to visit the center and ask questions. Sarah Arafat, a 14-year-old volunteer, was excited to see the great turnout of people curious to learn. “It actually makes me feel better, because of the situation going on around the world. A lot of people are getting misconceptions […]

  • Will the Syria Air Strike Affect Gas Prices in The United States?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Madison County Resident Olivia Smoot isn’t holding back. She said she’s seen a drastic change in gas prices recently. “Honestly it went from like $1.99 and now it’s $2.19, so yeah it struck up real quick,” Smoot said. Some are not worried about the prices just yet. “It doesn’t bother me near as bad as it did when it was hitting $3.97 in places,” DeKalb County Resident Dennis Dobbs said. A lot of people want to know […]

  • Inmates inside the Madison County Jail post video to YouTube

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A homemade music video may land some people in more trouble. A video posted on YouTube was shot inside the Madison County Jail. The video gives you a look at what the jail looks like from inside. In the YouTube video titled #2017 Dear Mama (Wipe Your Eyes) several inmates participated in the video, while one person recorded it. The video appears to be harmless, but it was made inside the jail. “We had intel there was a cell […]