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  • Joshua Lynn Balentine (Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office)

    UPDATE: Man makes confession in Lauderdale County murder

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – According to sheriff’s investigators, a Lauderdale County man has confessed to the April 2014 murder of a crippled man inside his Anderson mobile home. Earlier this week, deputies were called to the Alcorn County Jail because an inmate there needed to get something off his chest. No stone has gone unturned in the murder case of 62-year-old Royce Varnell, who was found beaten to death on April 7th inside his county road 511 mobile home. Chief […]

  • James Clemens High School  (Photo By: WHNT News 19)

    Traffic Alert: James Clemens High School Homecoming Parade

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Homecoming celebrations are set to take place for the Jets of James Clemens High School. The school’s homecoming parade is set to roll today through the streets of Madison. The parade could cause traffic delays along Hughes Road. Click here for a map of the parade route. Parade participants will gather at 4:00 p.m. at Skate Park Drive.  The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The parade will end at Madison City Schools Stadium. Madison police […]

  • UPDATE: Madison Co. Sheriff’s office finds remains of woman reported missing in 2011, makes arrest

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has found the remains of a woman reported missing in 2011, and they’ve also made an arrest. Investigators announced Tuesday they have found the remains of Mary Carrithers, and charged her husband, Charles Carrithers, with murder.  He is being held on a $750,000 bond. Sgt. Brian Chaffin said Mary Carrithers’ remains were found recently in a wooded area off Highway 231 in Morgan County. “In the recent weeks, we came […]

  • LI Deadly Train Accident

    Deadly train accident under investigation in Limestone County

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A homeless man apparently jumped to his death last night from a moving freight train. It happened as the train was making its way across Limestone County. Peter Weller’s body was found on the tracks nears Mooresville. He was just 29. Sheriff’s investigators say Weller boarded the train in Decatur Thursday night with two other people. A short time later, one of them made a frantic call to 911 saying Weller had jumped. But it was […]

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    Firefighters respond to house fire at Madison County home

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Something left on the stove is believed to be the cause of a fire at a Madison County home. Volunteer firefighters responded to the fire on 1600 block of Old Railroad Bed Road around 6:45 a.m. Fire crews went inside to find the kitchen engulfed in flames.  Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. No one was home at the time. The kitchen sustained heavy fire damage.  The rest of the home sustained smoke […]

  • HV Apartment Fire

    Firefighters respond to late-night apartment fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – One person is without a place to call home after a late-night apartment fire. The fire happened at the Madison Garden Apartments on Old Madison Pike in Huntsville. A portion of that road had to be closed for a couple of hours.  However, it is now back open. Neighbors called 911 around 11:00 p.m. Monday after they saw smoke and flames coming from one of the apartments in the main building. Huntsville firefighters responded within minutes […]

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    Saturday mornings no more: Cartoons bid fond farewell to decades old programming slot

    (WHNT) – A fixture of Saturday morning television is now no more. For the first time since the 1960s, cartoons will be nowhere to be found on broadcast network television. The CW became the last broadcast network to pull the plug on what was a Saturday morning tradition for millions of children and a source of nostalgia for adults. The network made the programming change on September 27. Parents no doubt have fond childhood memories of waking up Saturday to […]

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    Severe weather concerns prompt cancellation of Firefighters Association Parade

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, (WHNT) – The Lauderdale County Volunteer Firefighters Association has cancelled their “Night of Fire” parade. The event had been scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in downtown Florence. Organizers have canceled the parade due to weather concerns. The annual parade is part of Fire Prevention Awareness Week. WHNT News 19 meteorologist Ben Smith has a detailed blog post about the severe weather threat in the Tennessee Valley.  

  • Marina damage in western Colbert County. The marina is off Riverton Rose Trail about 10 miles from Highway 72.

    Scattered damage in Shoals, Madison & Marshall counties from overnight storms (photos)

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Many of you awoke to overnight storms which left damage scattered throughout different cities.  No injuries were reported, thankfully. The National Weather Service in Huntsville issued a tornado warning at 2:58 a.m. Friday morning for Limestone County and Madison County.  The warning lasted for 25 minutes before it was canceled. We’ve listed various damage reports below.  If you have a picture of storm damage, please email it to photo@whnt.com.  You can also add it straight to this gallery […]

  • Jana Lynn Cowan, left, and Kyndell Brooke East, right (Photos: Alabama Department of Public Safety)

    Update: Chilton County teens reported missing found in Birmingham

    BIRMINGHAM. Ala. (WHNT) – Two Chilton County girls reported missing earlier this week have been found. Our news partner AL.com reports 14-year-olds Kyndell Brooke East and Jana Lynn Cowan walked into Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham around 3:00 a.m. to use the phone. Nurses recognized the girls and called police. The girls were last seen together in south Clanton on September 28.

  • MO Meth Lab Arrests

    Deputies find meth-making materials at hotel; two people arrested

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Deputies in Morgan County arrested two people on meth-related charges. The arrests come after law enforcement authorities say they found materials used in a meth lab at a Days Inn in Priceville. Police responded to the hotel just after midnight to check on a guest. Officers smelled a meth lab coming from the guest’s room. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and drug task force were then called to the scene. Law enforcement authorities say they found […]

  • Dale Strong delivers State of the County Address in Madison Co.

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong provided an update on Madison County business Monday during his State of the County Address. This was Strong’s second time delivering the address. He said that in 2014, Madison County is in an even better place than the year before. Part of that lies with continued development, he said, citing company expansions and re-locations (like GE and Remington) as well as supermarkets moving in. “Look at the Walmart Markets, the Walmart […]


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