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Christine Killimayer joined the WHNT News 19 team in July 2010 as half of the brand new sports department.

She comes to the Tennessee Valley from Las Vegas, where she worked as a multimedia sports journalist for the Greenspun Corporation. Prior to that, Christine was a sports anchor and reporter at KTKA in Topeka, Kan.

A native of Latrobe, Pa., Christine graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a degree in broadcast news.

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    Arraignment to take place Monday for Huntsville man charged with sex abuse of a child

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville man once accused of murdering and dismembering his girlfriend will now appear in a Marshall County courtroom Monday. An arraignment for William Lewis Payton is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Monday. He is charged with sex abuse of a child under 12 years old and first degree strong arm sodomy against a female victim. District Attorney Steve Marshall said Payton was indicted for the crime in 2014, but was not located until he was in custody in […]

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    Drones may soon take off with Huntsville Fire & Rescue

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When it comes to search and rescue efforts, the Huntsville Fire Department is hoping to soon take an aerial approach. The department is in the early stages of drone testing. For now, if rescuers need an eye in the sky, they have to rely on the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and its helicopters. If they are already in use or the weather is bad, they cannot be used. Drones, though, would put Huntsville Fire & Rescue […]

  • Three vacant lots sit along Old Eli Road in Toney. (Photo: Christine Killimayer, WHNT News 19)

    Parts of Madison County still slow to recover after April 27th tornadoes

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Rooftops line the north end of Old Eli Road in Toney, but empty lots still litter the south end. Much of the street was leveled by an EF-5 tornado on April 27, 2011. Five years later and not much has changed there. Concrete slabs continue to mark the lack of progress. “I would love to have my neighborhood looking as it did before,” said resident Eunice Bello in a 2014 interview. “Loving families with children […]

  • Patrons are seen leaving Panoply Saturday evening. The arts festival closed after a tornado warning was issued in Madison County. (David Williams, WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Panoply Arts Festival to reopen at 6:00 p.m. Saturday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Panoply Arts Festival closed temporarily Saturday evening due to severe weather threats. After consulting with the National Weather Service, it will reopen at 6:00 p.m. and is scheduled to last until 9:00 p.m. Tonight’s Panoply programming includes several musical acts including festival headliner Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, hands-on interactive displays and shopping in the Art Marketplace. Festival food vendors and the Panoply Beer and Wine Tent will be open. The event is scheduled to continue […]

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    Six children mourn the loss of two Madison County parents

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – In the morning hours of April 22, the unimaginable happened. Toby Norsworthy’s wife of roughly a decade, Jennifer, died from a blood clot. She was 40-years-old. “Toby loved Jennifer,” said Ricky Self. “She was his world and so he was of course heartbroken when she passed away.” Self serves as the associate pastor at Pineview Baptist Church in Harvest, where both Toby and Jennifer were active members. In the hours to follow, Ricky and the […]

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    The Power of Prayer: How a Phil Campbell church service affected a girl 5 years later

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The April 27th tornadoes took more than just lives and livelihood, it took innocence. For many Tennessee Valley children, those storms were their first exposure to some of life’s harsh and cruel realities. But the disaster also became an opportunity to teach faith and compassion. That was the case at a church service on a concrete slab in Phil Campbell. On May 1, 2011, John Smith chose to take his three children, Lily, Aidan and Ruby, […]

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    Special guests attend Huntsville Fire’s wilderness search & rescue training

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As hikers and nature lovers spend this spring losing themselves on the trails, Huntsville Fire & Rescue crews are making sure they can find them. Nine trainees have spent the last week in a certification class at Monte Sano State Park to learn how to track down lost or injured hikers. “They’re learning today how to use a compass,” said Huntsville Fire Division Chief Steve Britton. “They’re learning how to use maps. They’re learning how to […]

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    Iconic Toney sign and its creators continue to symbolize hope in the wake of the storms

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A spray-painted sign with an inspirational message resonated long after the April 27 storms had passed. The iconic sign became a symbol of hope in the days and months to follow. It read: “God saved 6 here behind these walls.” The six were the five members of the Reeves family and a neighbor. They all huddled in the bathroom of their home on Old Eli Road in Toney as an EF-5 tornado plowed over them. […]

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    Harvest’s Piggly Wiggly is long gone, but its impact after the storms remains

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Looting was a huge concern in the aftermath of the storms, but it was, in a way, encouraged at one Madison County grocery store. The Piggly Wiggly along Highway 53 in Harvest was flattened by an EF-5 tornado on April 27, 2011. Sgt. Brent Patterson with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said he vividly remembers hearing the call on his scanner. “My heart just fell,” he said. “Right there in the afternoon, you know there’s […]

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    April 27th: Before, after and five years later

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – As we near the five-year anniversary of the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, time has healed some of that day’s wounds, but many scars, both physical and emotional, are still very real. Aerial views of the before, the after and now, five years later, visually highlight the strength and resiliency of the Tennessee Valley. The deadliest tornado of the day began carving its path early that afternoon in Hackleburg. One of the deadly storm paths started in […]

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    Morgan County judge denies Decatur teacher’s challenge of state’s criminal code

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Morgan County District Judge recently denied a challenge by a Decatur City Schools teacher to the state’s criminal code regarding school employees having sex with a student. Carrie Cabri Witt, 42, is charged with two counts of a school employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19 years. She was arrested in late March. In early April, Witt’s attorneys filed a motion to hold the state’s […]

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    Morgan County communities endure endless grieving with the loss of 2 more young lives

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – In an unassuming spot along Alabama Highway 36, just across the Morgan-Lawrence County line, crosses blow in the breeze of passing traffic. They memorialize the lives of Breanna Jackson and Brianna Lewis. The two 15-year-old girls were riding in a go-kart late Saturday evening along the same stretch of road when it crashed with a car. Lewis died at the scene. Jackson died after being transported to Huntsville Hospital. Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate […]


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