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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
  • Decatur Utilities explains how not to become a victim of a recent scam

    DECATUR, Ala. – People get scammed all the time. It’s so popular the government has an entire agency dedicated to fighting scams. There are telephone scams, investment scams, charity scams, and so much more. It happens here in The Tennessee Valley. Recently Decatur Utilities has been warning their customers of a scam going around. A company is claiming to work with Decatur Utilities asking for personal information. “Unfortunately these folks are invisible to us, they will typically have a 800 […]

  • Candlelight vigil planned in Limestone County for sailors who died on the USS Fitzgerald

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – There were two sailors from The Tennessee Valley onboard the U.S.S. Fitzgerald when it collided with a merchant ship near Japan last week. The collision left seven people dead; the two local sailors are safe. The families of the two local sailors are hosting a local candlelight vigil for those who lost their lives. It will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. at East Limestone County High School. Family members say the sailors lost everything on-board, […]

  • Madison Public Works Prepares for potential flooding

    MADISON, Ala. – If severe weather is heading into Madison, the Public Works Department gears up. They start fueling their trucks up and loading their barricades and cones. Their number one priority is the safety of the public. On Thursday the crew’s job was to simply keep an eye out. “We check on our drains and creeks. You can have debris fall in the creek and stop it up. We are checking all that,” Madison City’s Public Works Crew Chief […]

  • Decatur Utilities issues a fraud warning to its customers

    DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Utilities is issuing a warning to its customers. People are pretending to represent the utility company and asking for personal information. “Some of our customers have been contacted by a company called “The Enrollment Team” that is representing themselves as a third party working on our behalf,” Decatur Utilities Spokesperson Joe Holmes said. He said if they call don’t give them any information. He said the fraudulent company has contacted some customers from the phone number […]

  • Decatur City School Board searching for a new Superintendent

    DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur City Schools is on the hunt for a new superintendent. Back in March, the former superintendent resigned after only 10 months in the position. Starting Monday through Wednesday the school board will be interviewing five different candidates. “We consider this a huge job right now, it`s very important. Probably the most important thing we do as a board,” Decatur City School Board Member Karen Duke said. Duke said the board is pleased with all five candidates. […]

  • Huntsville VA Clinic is Growing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Birmingham’s VA Medical Center Director Thomas Smith said the Huntsville VA is one of the fastest growing VA clinics in Alabama. Smith said many veterans live in the Tennessee Valley. “As such we have to pay attention to the resources, the staffing, and other things we put in here,” Smith explained. Smith said the Huntsville clinic has only been open for a couple years. “It actually combined two different clinics one here in Madison and one in […]

  • Tennessee Valley Natives On Board The USS Fitzgerald & One Family is speaking out

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – WHNT News 19 has learned two of the sailors on board The USS Fitzgerald are from The Tennessee Valley. 23-year-old Jackson Schrimsher of Athens and 20-year-old Joey Railey of Harvest were on The Fitzgerald at the time of the collision. Joey Railey’s stepmom said it was a very long night on Friday. “We were waiting for phone calls from Japan and we were talking back and forth with his wife,” Joey’s stepmom Erin Railey said. According […]

  • Tons of people show up to the Veterans Town Hall meeting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It was standing room only at the Veterans Town Hall meeting. Many people came out to address their concerns. Many of the men and women in the room have served our country and rely on the VA for medical needs. Like veteran Lee Pryor. He was concerned about programs designed for homeless veterans, specifically a program that offers free food and clothing for veterans. He found out they do in fact offer this service and got his […]

  • Witness Recalls Police Searching Man’s Apartment, who’s charged with supporting act of terrorism

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Looks can be deceiving and that was the case for witness Georgia Todd. HPD showed up to Twickenham Village Apartments to search a unit on Thursday. Allegedly the apartment was where 22-year-old Aziz Sayyed, of Huntsville, was staying at. Sayyed was arrested and charged with Soliciting or Providing Support for an Act of Terrorism. “I thought it was a drug bust. They were just getting so many things out of there. Bags full of stuff out of the house,” […]

  • Funeral held for local aviation legend Clyde Harold Shelton

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  Clyde Harold Shelton had a character many said you can’t fake. He’s described as being a humble and honest man. He also had a huge passion for aviation. For some his funeral was more of a celebration. “My father had the privilege of being able to live his dream for 63 years. His dream was to fly, promote aviation and teach,” said Shelton’s son, Scott. His funeral was held in a place near and dear to […]

  • 13 nonprofits receive $500,000 from Huntsville Hospital

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – 13 nonprofits are feeling the love from Huntsville Hospital. They have each been recognized for the good work they do in the community. Thursday Huntsville Hospital’s Community Health Initiative gave out $500,000 worth of grant money. “Every nonprofit has wonderful programs to improve the overall health in our community, but there are certain ones that speak to our hearts,” Community Health Initiative Chair Beth Richardson. The $500,000 was split between the following nonprofits: 1. Autism Resource […]

  • Friends & family pay their respects to Sarah Harmening

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – There are some heavy hearts today as family and community remembers come together to remember Sarah Harmening. The 17-year-old died in a church bus crash outside of Atlanta last week. Sarah, and many others from Mount Zion Baptist Church, were heading out on a mission trip to Africa at the time of the crash. Her visitation and funeral were Monday. Family members describe Sarah Harmening as a teenager who was the embodiment of innocence and purity. […]