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Courtney is thrilled to continue her tour of Sweet Home Alabama at WHNT. You can catch her on the weekday morning show as a multimedia journalist Monday through Wednesday, and producing the weekend morning show.

Courtney’s love for this area started during her first job at WTVY in Dothan, AL. She began as an MMJ specifically covering the Florida Panhandle. During that time, Courtney won two Florida Associated Press Awards for Best Series Reporting and Best Hard News Feature. For Best Series Reporting, Courtney spoke one-on-one with present and former Florida prison inmates about their participation in re-entry programs. For Best Hard News Feature, she teamed up with a former co-worker for coverage of bodies being exhumed at the infamous Dozier School for boys in Marianna, Florida.

Courtney’s favorite part of working with WTVY was when she covered Dale County, AL as a bureau reporter. She says the friendships she made there, as well as those at the station, made the area feel like home.

Courtney was born a Yankee in her small hometown of Coshocton, OH, but she feels she was born to be a Southerner.

Before heading to Alabama, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Communications and a minor in Public Relations from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. During her college years, Courtney enjoyed co-hosting a morning radio talk show with her good friend, anchoring the college’s student-run weekly newscast, being a member of the Student Government Association Slate and spending time with her Alpha Gamma Delta sorority sisters.

When she’s not trying to get the scoop on what’s happening in your neighborhoods, she enjoys exploring the area, catching up with her family in Ohio, visiting friends, volunteering, and trying to fulfill her New Year’s Resolutions of learning to cook and continuing to strengthen her faith.

In addition to news tips, Courtney is always looking for ways to develop roots in the community. If you have any suggestions, feel free to email her at courtney.crown@whnt.com, follow her on Twitter: @courtcrownwhnt, or add her on Facebook: Courtney Crown Whnt.

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    TAKING ACTION: Downtown Rescue Mission searching for owner of gold ring

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Downtown Rescue Mission is a place where many visit; most just to stay for a meal or a night. Last week, a gold ring also made its way to the mission. “I’m not sure how it got there. I’m not sure if it fell off someone’s finger, or how it got there,” Director of Food Services John Niemeyer said. “We think that it originated in the Scottsboro area but we’re really not sure.” Inside the 14K gold band […]

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    James Clemens student-athletes motivate elementary students to enjoy reading during World Read Aloud Day

    MADISON, Ala. – Dozens of James Clemens High School student-athletes celebrated World Read Aloud Day with Madison City Schools elementary students on Thursday. This gave the athletes a chance to engage with kindergarteners through second graders, and show them the importance of reading together. “Reading’s very important, you need it throughout life and in your career,” James Clemens High School Basketball Team Manager Ty Grandberry said. “You need it in high school.” During Thursday’s World Read Aloud Day in Madison […]

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    Discovery Middle School makes positive atmosphere “stick” during Random Acts of Kindness Week

    MADISON, Ala. – Students involved in Discovery Middle School’s Kindness Society spent a portion of Wednesday morning writing positive, inspiring messages on sticky notes to place on their classmates’ lockers. This is one of the activities the society is organizing during Random Acts of Kindness Week. Seventh grader Elizabeth Robertson is one of the students whose kindness shines from the inside out. “When people are happy, they do things, like good things,” Robertson said of the group’s motives. “We try […]

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    Mother shares heartbreaking loss of son to help others fight heroin’s pull on families

    MADISON, Ala. – Heroin is making its way into more homes in Madison County. One mother, Kasey Long, is still grieving for her son who died of an overdose in Madison nearly one year ago. She lives in Jacksonville, North Carolina but her son was living here at the time of his death. Long does not want other parents to know her pain. “My son was a great kid,” Long said. A 2013 East Limestone High School graduate, her son Colton Barnett’s […]

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    Senator Bill Holtzclaw hosts weekly “Coffee and Conversation” to engage with community

    MADISON, Ala. – Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the current legislative session. But, before Senator Bill Holtzclaw heads there, he spent some time with some of the people he represents. Senator Holtzclaw wants to hear from the people he represents through gatherings he calls “Coffee and Conversation.” “I want to represent the people exactly how I would want to be represented,” Holtzclaw said of his face-to-face approach of these meetings. On Monday mornings during regular session, you’ll find Holtzclaw in […]

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    Cyn Shea’s Cafe and Catering, a division of Serving Hope, Inc., offers free soup to homeless community every day

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – No one goes away hungry from Cyn Shea’s Cafe and Catering, a division of Serving Hope Inc. That’s a promise, not a slogan because serving others is in the framework of this restaurant. “They’re important, they’re significant and they deserve a warm meal,” said Julie Johnson, Director of Community Relations & Outreach for Serving Hope, Inc. Cyn Shea’s keeps its mind on a mission rather than just money. The restaurant’s staff focuses on helping local non-profit and […]

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    Muscle Shoals’ dentist office offering some free services to community on Friday only

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Ryerson & Associates, D.M.D is offering free services to community members during the 12th Annual Dentistry from the Heart. The services are provided on a first come, first serve basis. But, there’s only one procedure per person. Dr. James Ryerson & Dr. Derke Weigand are offering free cleaning, filling or extraction on Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Their office is located at 1013 E. Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals. Last year, the dentistry served […]

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    Recent survey shows number of homeless people increasing in Madison County

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (NACH) conducts its annual “Point in Time Homeless Count” in January. During this time, the organization’s members interview homeless individuals, homeless families and agencies that provide services to homeless people in Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties. NACH released the numbers and found no homeless people reported in Limestone County in 2016 nor 2017. In Morgan County, the total number of people living unsheltered, in emergency shelters and transitional housing went from […]

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    Liberty Middle School uses student shadowing days to learn more about challenges students face

    MADISON, Ala. – For many educators and school district administrators, it’s been a while since they sat in a classroom as a student. That’s one reason Liberty Middle School educators and district leaders began shadowing students this year – to get some perspective. Federal Programs Coordinator Natalia Dooley’s desk is normally at Madison City Schools’ Central Office, but on Wednesday, it was at Liberty Middle. “While I work with the teachers all the time, and I see students and observing classrooms, […]

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    Mountain Gap student successfully defends title at Madison County Spelling Bee

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Kiwanis Club of Huntsville sponsored the annual Madison County Spelling Bee on Tuesday morning at the Randolph School Thurber Arts Center. Winners from both public and private schools competed in this local competition. Among the spellers was Mountain Gap P-8 student Erin Howard, who represented Alabama last year in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. To be a champion, Howard said it takes a lot of time commitment. “Almost every day of the week, […]

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    Demolition begins on Madison Square Mall

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Crews began the demolition process Monday on Madison Square Mall. It won’t be quick, either — it’s scheduled to take up to six months. The crew doing the work will salvage some materials during the demolition, in order to save on costs. The main part of the mall closed last year, and Sears and JC Penney vacated within the last week. The once-crowded property is expected to draw large crowds again when the MidCity Huntsville development officially […]

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    Madison City Schools offers secondary transitional information meetings for parents of students with disabilities

    MADISON, Ala. – Parents of students with disabilities who are preparing to send their children into the next phase of their lives are welcome to attend a helpful meeting this Monday, February 6 in the Madison City Schools Central Office Boardroom from noon until 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Transitioning your student is already a challenge, but if he or she has a disability, it can be more difficult. Madison City Schools want to ease parents’ minds during […]