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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
  • Local couple’s Christmas display helps raise funds to benefit senior veterans organization

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Six thousand Christmas Village pieces take a long time to collect. Candy and Richard Jones have been doing so for 30 years. “We see a building and we both look at one another. We say well, we don’t have that one. We got to get that because we don’t have one, and it just has taken on its own life,” Candy explained. Candy and Richard said making and buying villages has become their obsession, but it […]

  • Nosey the elephant’s owners arrested on animal cruelty charges

    MOULTON, Ala. — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the owners of Nosey the elephant, Hugo Liebel and his wife, were arrested Saturday morning on animal cruelty charges. They were both released on a $1,000 bond. Lawrence County Sheriff’s office says Hugo & Franciszka Liebel’s bond is $1,000 each. Sheriff’s office says warrants for their arrests were issued 3 weeks ago, just waited until after the hearing, which happened yesterday, to be served. #NoseyTheElephant @whnt pic.twitter.com/uaTG4WfO7q — Aaron […]

  • Huntsville City Schools increase security measures to protect students and faculty

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Thursday marks five years since the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary. The 26 lives that were taken that day continue to be remembered. The mass shooting changed the way many schools across the country handle their security including Huntsville City Schools. “I think all school districts all across the nation looked at their procedures and looked at things that they could learn from and improve,” Huntsville City Schools Spokesperson Keith Ward. Huntsville City Schools now […]

  • Lincoln United Methodist Church may have burned down but the memories made there will never fade

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – Carolyn Thompson and Eloise Hudgins grew up in this area and went to Lincoln United Methodist Church.  “It’s where we were married, we were baptized the old-fashioned way in a creek about a mile down the road, but this is home to us,” Hudgins said. When the church caught fire on Sunday the sister’s hearts sank. They were thankful no one was injured, but they were worried about two things. “I was so worried that the tree […]

  • Puerto Rico Aid: Local missionary collecting donations before travelling to hurricane ravaged country

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Thousands of families in Puerto Rico are still struggling after Hurricane Maria hit the island earlier this year, but one local ministry is working to bring some aid. Prophet to the Nations is collecting monetary donations and several other items to take to Puerto Rico.  CEO Ella Rodgers said she is traveling to Puerto Rico this week and will be taking all of the cash donations to buy food, water, and solar lamps.  Rodgers said the […]

  • Veteran with a traumatic brain injury & PTSD searching for hit & run driver

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Roseanna Cox said her son Tony Hernandez is lucky to be alive after crashing his bike Friday night. “He was coming home crossing Madison Boulevard onto  Wall Triana, right where you cross over 565. He was in the left lane and someone was in the right lane. They cut him off,” Cox explained. Cox said to avoid hitting the car her son dropped the bike down. “It threw him off the bike and he tumbled into […]

  • Huntsville Condo HOA fines resident for having Christmas decorations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Steven Williams’s Christmas decorations are costing him money every day. “The “bylaws,” say you get fined a $50 fine and if you wait 30 days later, you can get a late fee and that’s it. The fine as it reads that she gave me is $50  and each day is an individual account,” Williams explained. Williams said this means every day he goes without paying the fee to the Homeowners Association he owes $50. Currently, he owes […]

  • Huntsville Times Square throwing a New Year’s Eve party

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Carl Thomas and Jon Owen have a vision for Huntsville Times Square. “What I want to see happen is that this part of Huntsville be part of the entertainment district to have more events down here. Jon and I are huge fans of music. We would love to see more music happen in the city. This is an open-air spot, so why don’t we bring the bands here and let them show us what they got,” Carl […]

  • One woman dead, another injured after dog attack in Jackson County

    JACKSON COUNTY — Officials have confirmed that one woman was killed in a dog attack this morning while another woman was injured. Deputies say they found 24-year-old Emily Mae Colvin dead on arrival. The Jackson County Sheriff’s office said they received a call around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday about a dog attack at County Road 121 in Jackson County; right outside of Section Officials said that the dog tried to attack a deputy and was shot. Scottsboro Animal Control along with […]

  • Madison County woman spreads holiday cheer on lawnmower decorated as Santa’s sleigh

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Someone that wears black boots, a red coat, gloves, and goes around saying “Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas” can usually only mean one person – Santa Claus. In this case, it’s Ruth Ann Tucker. She is just a jolly person looking to spread a little holiday cheer. “You know in this world today there is so much bad out there. We don`t really get to smile a lot and be thankful for what we have,” Tucker […]

  • Last year’s float may have gone up in flames, but this group won’t let that rain on this year’s parade

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Imagine getting in the Christmas spirit, building a float for the Christmas parade, and then watching it all go up in flames. Well, that happened here in Huntsville last year. This was the scene last year when the Lost and Found Pets of Huntsville and Madison County float caught on fire on the way to the Huntsville Christmas parade.   This year they’re going to try it again. The creator of the Facebook group, Jeananne Jackson says […]

  • Fighting human trafficking in Alabama is a top priority for the Department of Justice

    Cases like the one involving 48-year-old Brian Boersma are a top priority at the Department of Justice. “We have to be proactive and we have to get better. We have to be aggressive in the way we investigate proactively these types of crimes,” U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said. The crimes Town is referring to include child trafficking, human trafficking and child exploitation. According to the indictment, Boersma attempted to kidnap and hold for ransom a minor and a 20-year-old woman. The […]