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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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    Update: 1 person dead following assault, hit and run in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of a man found on State Line Road early Saturday morning according to AL.com. Police believe the man had been in a physical altercation with two other people before being struck by a vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office said there was a weapon involved during the altercation, but aren’t releasing the type of weapon because of the ongoing investigation. The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t know if the people the […]

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    Madison County School District Sees Success in Staggered Start Times

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – School bus problems are something many school districts face. Schools can have buses breakdown, drivers call out,  and have overcrowding. Three years ago The Madison County School District saw some of these problems themselves and changed up their routine. “The initial reason to go to double routing, was because of overcrowding,” Director of Operations for Madison County Schools Dan Evans said. Evans said with the new changes Elementary School start times changed to 7:45 am. Middle […]

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    UPDATE: School board fires back after Huntsville SCLC says process to hire new school superintendent was “flawed”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference urged Huntsville City Schools to start over on the search for a new superintendent Friday, saying students “deserve better.” UPDATE: The school board has fired back, saying the process wasn’t flawed, but “transparent and inclusive.” The board president’s comments are at the bottom of this article. Rev. Gregory J. Bentley held a news conference Friday morning. He is Pastor of Fellowship Presbyterian Church and President of the Huntsville Chapter […]

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    Huntsville City Schools Responds to Durham School Bus Concerns

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – School bus concerns with Huntsville City Schools have been an issue for parents because of several different reasons. Parents tell WHNT News 19 they’ve had several problems with the company and one of their concerns are tardy buses. “They`re supposed to be picked up at 7:07 in the morning. The bus showed up at 8:02. School starts at 8:00,” a concerned parent said. Huntsville School Board President Elisa Ferrell said the industry standard regarding timeliness for buses […]

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    Huntsville Police offer tips to promote safety in parking lots

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — People go shopping at all hours of the day and safety is something HPD said people should keep in mind. If you’re concerned of being robbed HPD suggests shopping with a friend or family member. They said shopping in pairs can dramatically lower your chance of becoming a crime victim. HPD said if you’re alone don’t hesitate to ask stores to send an escort out with you. They said having your keys in your hand when you’re […]

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    Police investigate shooting at Sparkman Walmart

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Police confirm a shooting occurred at the Walmart on Sparkman Drive in Huntsville on Sunday afternoon. Walmart released a statement about the incident Monday. “Keeping our customers and associates safe is among our top priorities, and this weekend’s incident had nothing to do with our store. Since this is an ongoing investigation, we must refer all questions to local law enforcement.” Police believe someone opened fire in the parking lot. Police are reviewing security camera footage from […]

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    Several gather at the VBC Saturday in support of Melissa George Night

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Last Summer Christopher and Jessica Baldridge went through an experience they’ll never forget. They had a baby boy at 23 weeks and two days. He weighed a pound and a half. Baby boy Adrian came into the world early and was transferred to the NICU at the Huntsville Hospital. Luckily Adrian pulled through. “He`s now almost 14 pounds, giggles all the time, and just fat and happy like you would expect a baby to be,” Christopher Baldridge […]

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    Murder victim’s brother speaks out

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are many unanswered questions about the relationship of 49-year-old Milton Tyson and 29-year-old Marcus White. On Tuesday police responded to the 2500 block of Callahan Drive and found Marcus White dead from a gunshot wound. A few days passed and police charged Milton Tyson for White’s murder. They picked him up at his Harvest home. White’s brother Bryan doesn’t know the extent of Marcus and Milton’s personal relationship, but Tyson is a familiar face. Tyson taught […]

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    Trial begins for man accused of shooting motorcyclist on Hwy. 72

    ATHENS, Ala. – Almost five years ago a man shot at a motorcyclist and now he’s standing trial for it. Noah McGlawn is charged with attempted murder. Police said he randomly shot the motorcyclist after an argument with his dad. Back in September of 2012, Brandon Matlock was shot on his motorcycle while riding down highway 72, west of Mooresville Road. Police said Noah Andrew McGlawn was the one who pulled the trigger. Police said at the time the 20-year-old […]

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    Pizza Hut President gives local employee free tickets to Super Bowl 51

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – An area manager for Pizza Hut right here in Northeast Alabama got the chance of a lifetime to attend Super Bowl 51 thanks to the president of the company. While she watched the Patriots win in Houston, the President of Pizza Hut covered her shift. “We believe that the customer experience is the most important part of our brand, and if our team members can feel like they’re the center of providing that great customer experience, […]

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    Hazel Green Senior with muscular dystrophy is an example on and off the court

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Muscular Dystrophy is a rare genetic disease. There’s less than 200,000 cases in the United States. Even though the condition is rare, it affects the lives of many people in the Tennessee Valley. Hazel Green High School Senior Austin Pinkerton suffers from the disease. He’s currently the manager for the boys varsity basketball team. On Saturday night, for the first time ever Pinkerton joined the starting line up on the team. He couldn’t physically shoot the ball, but […]

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    A miscommunication leads a woman to believe Senator Jeff Sessions stopped taking calls from constituents

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Terri Cavender has been an Alabamian for 24 years. She’s always been involved in the politics happening around her and has called Senator Jeff Sessions’ office before. On Wednesday Cavender called Senator Sessions’s D.C. office and the phone call didn’t go as planned. “The phone just kind of went dead, and so I thought well they are probably overwhelmed with phone calls,” Cavender said. Since Senator Sessions has been nominated as Attorney General she thought he was receiving […]