I’m from Greensboro, North Carolina. In fact, my mom, dad and brother are all natives of the Tarheel state.

We moved to Huntsville when I was in the third grade, because my father got a job with the Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal.

I grew up during the heyday of the work developing America’s first missiles, and the Saturn 5 program at Marshall Space Flight Center.

One of my best memories is the way the whole town shook when they tested the Saturn 5’s main engines in the mid-60’s.

I graduated from Huntsville High School and then went to Auburn, where I majored in Journalism, with minors in speech, English, and history. After graduation, I started work in Anniston at a small TV station that no longer exists, WHMA.

In May of 1977, my family moved back to the Rocket City, and I took a job as Sports Director at what was then called Action News 19.

In late 1999 I started making the transition from sports to news at WHNT News 19. I’ve been Senior Reporter, and Special Assignment Reporter, and now I’m the co-anchor of our week day morning news. I still report, and you can see my weekly “Driving You Crazy” stories on Tuesday nights at 10:00. In fact, if you have a road or traffic problem that concerns you, please send me an e-mail.

Among other things I also do our “Leadership Perspectives” interviews that are posted on WHNT.Com every Friday, and can also seen on our Sunday morning news.

My wife Sue is the Office Manager for Retina Services of North Alabama. I have two married sons, one of whom, Chris, works at Huntsville Hospital. My other son, Wes, is married with one son. His family lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee and he works at Caterpillar-Financial in Nashville.

You may see me from time to time, riding my bike on the the streets, and roads of north Alabama.

I collect first edition books, and my wife and I are modest collectors of art…especially by local artists. I’m honored to be the Vice President of the Huntsville Arts Council.

I may be from North Carolina, and my wife from Atlanta, but we both consider Huntsville our home town.

Recent Articles

    Taking Action On A Dangerous Madison County Hill

    MADISON COUNTY,  Ala. (WHNT) – 81-year-old Wilma Neal has lived on Naugher Road in Madison County since 1962.  These days the scariest thing in her life is going to get her mail. “I’m scared something is going to come flying over that hill,” says Wilma. She’s talking about the hill that crests just feet away from her mailbox, which is on the other side of the road from her home. For most of Naugher Road mailboxes line both sides of […]

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    Taking Action On Rough And Busy Huntsville Road

    Huntsville is like every city. It has plenty of roads that need paving.  One of the busiest roads has a stretch that’s needed paving for a long time. “It’s pretty rough. It hasn’t had work in a while,” says Mirandi Bennett.  She’s been driving on the road in question, Pratt Avenue, for more than seven years . The section that is getting all the attention is about 30-yards long, and it’s just east of the intersection with Meridian Street. It’s […]

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    Getting Results, And Taking Action A Second Time On A Madison County Road

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) Steger Road in Madison County is almost typical. It’s a two lane that’s often busy.  It serves growing neighborhoods, and is the main way to get to a school. It also had a problem.  For Drivers travelling east from Highway 231-431, there was no speed limit sign.  Drivers would travel some three miles before they found an official sign for how fast they should travel.  With our radar gun we determined that few if any drivers […]


    Taking Action For Worried Madison County Drivers

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- The neighborhood served by Latigo Loop in Madison County is a nice one.  The homes are comfortable, brick and fairly new.  The driving problem for the neighbors is not new.  It began when they moved in. “There is really no safety in not being able to see, and the blind spot where cars are coming up,” says Ronald Nobles. He’s talking about the hill on Indian Creek Road just before it passes by Latigo Loop, the […]

  • Taking Action Again On A Dangerous North Alabama Highway

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) Highway 72 East is a busy four lane.  Drivers heading east are travelling 65-miles per hour or faster.  When those drivers crest the hill just to the west of the intersection with Old Gurley Road, they are in danger says a local business owner. “Yes sir, a lot of wrecks and a lot of near misses,”says Barbara Thomas. Barbara is particularly upset about a recent wreck in which the driver died. It appears the east bound […]

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    Working to ease congestion on Huntsville’s busy Airport Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Airport Road in Huntsville is always busy.  For one thing, it’s lined with businesses, and it’s also a conduit for drivers wanting to travel between Airport Road and Memorial Parkway.   And while it’s busy all the time, at peak traffic hours it’s jammed. “I think it’s terrible. It’s just all backed up,” said Rhoda Johnson. Johnson is particularly bothered by the situation for westbound drivers wanting to turn right to go north on the Memorial Parkway […]


    Taking Action On Dangerous Madison County Intersections

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The intersection of Carter Grove Road and Opp Reynolds Road in Madison County looks different right now.  There are painted markings on the road, and debris next to the road that indicate a wreck investigation.  The recent collision at the intersection not the first there, but it was a bad one.  “Somebody made a mistake,” says Sam Lemons who lives near the intersection. The intersection doesn’t appear to be out of the ordinary.  There are […]

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    Taking Action To Help Drivers On A Busy Madison Road

    MADISON, Ala. – Shelton Road in Madison is nearly always busy.  Drivers need to be very careful because a construction project has made one part of the road a bit dangerous. “It’s a serious drop off,” says Joe Howell.  And Joe is right about that.  In an effort by engineers to change the road to make it safer for drivers as they move through the corners, one edge of the road is now several fee above the shoulder. “Somebody could […]

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    Taking Action On Pothole Problems In Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s that time of year, and I’m not talking about winter. I’m talking about pothole season.  You add copious amounts of rain water to freezing temperatures, and the pavement we drive on starts having problems. Potholes form, and Invariably your car wheels will find one to hit. “It wasn’t a complete surprise and I tried to dodge, but there was a truck right beside me so I went right through them,” says Roger Hooper about a […]

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    Veteran Lawrence County educator ‘Coach Couch’ wins Tools For Teachers award

    Alan Couch has been coaching and teaching in Lawrence County schools since 1979.  And no, there hasn’t been any burnout. “It’s just exciting to see their faces when they learn something new. It’s exciting to teach middle schoolers and see them go on and graduate and see what they do,” says the guy most people call ‘Coach Couch.’ The excitement gets better when you can put a few more tools at your students’ fingertips.  Coach Couch is the winner of […]

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    Getting Results On Roads That Drive You Crazy

    There are hundreds of thousands of miles of road in North Alabama, and just about that many road problems driving viewers crazy.  In 2014 we took action and got results of a multitude of roads that were Driving You Crazy. For example…on Hastings Road in south Huntsville an old manhole cover was several inches below the grade of the road’s surface. Usually it would be more of an irritant than a hazard. In this case the hole in the road […]

  • Taking Action On Dangerous Crossroads In Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – At mid-morning, the intersection of Pepper Road and McCulley  Mill Road in the East Limestone County isn’t busy. Traffic is sparse, but ask a driver who uses the intersection regularly, and she’ll tell you the intersection is always risky. “Terrible…very dangerous,” says Marilyn Phillips. At rush hours, both morning and evening, traffic is a lot heavier at the intersection. Drivers on McCulley Road have stops signs. Drivers on Pepper Road don’t. Drivers on both roads […]


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