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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.


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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Currently under President Trump’s proposed budget plan, HUD will be cut by $6.2 billion dollars. Huntsville’s Planning Director Michelle Jordan said this will affect the Rocket City. “The City of Huntsville is proud to share some of our Community Development Block Grant that we get from HUD every year with local non-profits,” said Jordan. Jordan said the city receives more than one million dollars from the grant to assist non-profits like the Boys and Girls Club and CASA. […]

  • Huntsville Police make arrest in Sunday night shooting at Taco Bell

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police have arrested a 19-year-old in connection to a shooting that happened Sunday night at Taco Bell on North Memorial Parkway. They say it’s related to a shooting that happened in August of 2015. Officers have charged Donovan Keith Little with attempted murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old. Huntsville Police responded to the restaurant to find the teen suffering from gunshot wounds. Police say he was struck once in the head and twice in the […]

  • Family Members and friends mourn loss of crash victims

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Family and friends have confirmed 24-year-old Kyle Brown and 23-year-old J.R. Little died in a crash that happened Saturday on County Road 33. Their deaths have shocked the entire Lawrence County community. Loved ones say Brown was dating Little’s sister and the two were riding together in the car at the time of the crash. Brown leaves behind a 3-year-old son with his ex-girlfriend Jordan York. York describes Little as a guy adored by many. “We were really […]

  • Spring is here and so is Kitten season causing some people to stress

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  • Decatur school board accepts superintendent’s resignation

    DECATUR, Ala. – The Decatur City School board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dan Brigman during an emergency meeting Saturday. The school board thanked Brigman for his service to students, parents, constituents, faculty, staff, and administration of Decatur City Schools. They also wished Brigman and his family all the best. Brigman did not attend the meeting. The board unanimously voted to accept his resignation. He started the position 10 months ago taking over when former Superintendent Ed Nichols retired. There was […]

  • Loved one speaks out after victim’s husband charged for murder

    DECATUR, Ala. – Eight days have passed since Minnie Shackelford was murdered in her own home. Her husband Andreas Shackelford has been accused of her murder. “No one deserves to be brutally murdered, but most definitely not her,” Friend Adrianna Tapscott said. Police believe Andreas murdered his wife. Family friend Adrianna Tapscott said it infuriates her. “I know I shouldn’t say that but I was angry, very angry because it`s just not fair. She didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that especially not […]

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  • Alabama ranks 16th when it comes to states with the worst DUI problem

    HUTNSVILLE, Ala.- Alabama currently sits at number 16 on Background Checks.org‘s list of states with the worst DUI problem. The organization used CDC, Department of Transportation, local and state data to make the list. The organization said it’s devoted to public safety and security. Others devoted to public safety include the Huntsville Police Department. In 2015 they arrested 1,071 people for DUIs and in 2016 they arrested 893 people. “If you look over the last 15 years or so, you […]

  • Decatur community remembers the life of Minnie Shackelford

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  A Decatur community has come together to lift each other up and remember the life of 44-year-old Minnie Shackelford. She was found dead inside her home this past week. Currently police are investigating her death as a homicide. On Sunday, her friends and family came together to host a vigil. Friends and family says she was the kind of person that would give you a helping hand in times of trouble, or be there when you need someone […]

  • ACLU People Power Seminar

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A group of Northeast Alabamians gathered Saturday night at the Madison County Democratic headquarters to live stream an event put on by the American Civil Liberties Union. The purpose of the event was to bring people together to better speak out about issues they may disagree with. The American Civil Liberties Union has been around for nearly 100 years. The nationwide organization said they fight all over the county to safeguards the people’s rights. Recently the group has […]