Alex Stokes is an Anchor/Reporter at WHNT News 19. The New Jersey native moved here a year ago and is grateful to be serving the people of the Tennessee Valley.

After studying History and Communications at the George Washington University, Alex went on to intern at WJW in Cleveland, Ohio.

In her spare time, Alex likes to hike, sing and play golf. She is also a big foodie and is excited to try out some great southern cooking!

If you have a tip, story or just want to say hey you can reach her at

Recent Articles
  • Dirty drink nozzles, sewage, and improper holding temperatures in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    Madison County Sonic Drive-In  907 Jordan Ln NW, Huntsville, AL 35816 Score: 73 Violations: The health inspector found build up in the soda and tea nozzles. The grease disposal bin was found leaking sewage onto the ground. Food was found at improper cold and hot holding temperatures like chili and cheese. All violations have since been corrected. Texas Roadhouse 121 Jeff Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35806 Score: 72 Violations: Labels were missing on chemical bottles. A hand sink didn’t have […]

  • 5th graders FaceTime with a Holocaust survivor

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It’s not very often that we get to meet the people who document their own experiences through major events in history. On Monday, Monrovia Elementary fifth graders got to meet an author — and a Holocaust survivor — through a FaceTime call. Jesse Schmitt was able to introduce his students to Ruth “Luncia” Gruener whose book, “Destined to Live,” follows her and her family as they were forced into hiding during World War II. “It’s a story […]

  • Health inspectors found dirty ice machines and a cooler out of temperature

    Limestone County McDonald’s 1529 US Hwy 72, Athens, AL 35611 Score: 79 The shake machine lid was chipped/cracked The inside of the ice maker needed cleaning Food was at improper temperatures Cheese 63°F. Madison County Saffron Indian Restaurant 12090 County Line Rd, Madison, AL 35756 Score: 85 Food lacked date marking The reach-in cooler was out of temperature Milk, chicken, steak, etc at 53ºF-60ºF. __________________________________________________________________________ Clean Plate: Yogurt Mountain 326 Sutton Road Suite N, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763 Score: 99   […]

  • Dirty equipment and food temperature issues found during recent health inspections

    Madison County Chili’s Grill & Bar 8628 Hwy 72 W, Madison, AL 35758 Score: 77 Violations: The health inspector found food held at improper temperatures during hot and cold holding Residue was found in the ice chute All violations were corrected. ________________________________________________________ Kentucky Fried Chicken 7874 Hwy 72 W, Madison, AL 35758 Score: 79 Violations Food was held at improper hot holding temperatures Residue was found in the lobby area soda nozzles Dirty can opener blade All violations were corrected. […]

  • Health inspectors find damaged equipment in use

    Limestone County Shoney’s 1402 US-72 E, Athens, AL 35611 Score: 64 Violations: Food was at improper temperatures. Fried chicken 115ºF, baked chicken 101-120ºF, tenders 108ºF (hot holding) Cottage cheese, eggs, ham – 58ºF, potato salad 59ºF, cut melons 63ºF (cold holding)  There was a chemical spray bottle on the ice maker. A spray bottle not labeled. A hand sink in the back was not operable. There were damaged fryer baskets in use. The ice shoot, slicer and wire food racks […]

  • Huntsville organization gifts suits to outstanding graduating high school students

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — For the fifth year in a row, a Huntsville organization is recognizing outstanding graduating high school students with a gift to help them make their mark when they enter the workforce. Suits for Scholars presented 12 students with a suit. School counselors from each high school in Huntsville selected two students. Founder Larry Vance said he started the organization to lift up students in the community and to encourage them to pay it forward. “They will be […]

  • Inspectors find local restaurants with dirty and damaged equipment during recent inspections

    Morgan County Taqueria El Palomino 1410 6th Ave SE, Decatur, AL 35601 Score: 81 Violations: The health inspector noted there were no food thermometers Chicken was held at improper temperatures A cracked mixing bowl was found as well as a dirty ice machine The manager said the thermometers were there, but the person in the taqueria didn’t know where they were. He added the chicken was cooling down before putting it in the refrigerator so it wouldn’t spoil, but the […]

  • Opioid overdose reversal drug to be made available in Tennessee Valley schools

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Opioid addiction and abuse is a scary reality in our country and state. A new program spearheaded by the state’s Department of Education and Department of Public Health is giving high schools access to a reversal drug in the event of an opioid overdose. They put a training program in place for schools to voluntarily implement. Madison County Schools Superintendent Matt Massey says that back in October of 2017 they started looking into enacting proactive measures […]

  • Preliminary report: EF-1 tornado causes extensive damage in Blount County

    BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. — Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service in Birmingham show an EF-1 tornado with winds of 90 mph hit the Blount County area Monday morning. SURVEY UPDATE 👈🏼 ***This is preliminary information as the survey is still ongoing! An EF-1 tornado with at least 90 mph winds has been confirmed in Blountsville, AL in Blount County. #alwx — NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) April 8, 2019 Residents in Bluntsville and Brooksville are picking up the pieces left […]

  • Food temperature issues and dirty equipment found in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    Limestone County Fiesta Mexicana 600 S Jefferson St, Athens, AL 35611 Score: 79 Violations: The inspector found cheese, lettuce and tomatoes were held at improper temperatures Beans and rice were held at the wrong temperature in the walk-in cooler The ice machine needed cleaning ______________________________________________________ Dairy Queen 1289 US Hwy 72 W, Athens, AL 35611 Score: 84 Violations: Fountain drink nozzles were found not clean An employee with artificial nails was not wearing gloves. A food service employee reported agreement […]

  • Notice of Intent to Suspend permit issued at local restaurant after follow up inspection

    Madison County Haru Korean Sushi 8760 Madison Blvd, Madison, AL 35758 Score: 71 Violations: Cups stored with bleach, Clorox wipes container stored on a prep table, and 2 chemical bottles. The items were removed and stored properly. Cooked tofu being held at 121ºF, steak held at 83ºF, sprout mix held at 98ºF. Follow up: Cooked tofu 175ºF, cooked sprout mix 138ºF, steak was not available that day. Uncooked tofu 53ºF, chopped tomatoes & cut leafy greens 46ºF, dumplings with chicken […]

  • Inspectors found rat feces in the kitchen and employees not washing hands this week

    Madison County Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen 5946 Hwy 72 E, Gurley, AL 35748 Score: 77 The report showed dirty dishes stored with clean ones. A cooking pan stored on the floor was used without being washed. The hand sink was also blocked. Employees were also not properly washing their hands or not washing them at all Employees were not properly changing gloves between tasks. All violations were corrected. As per company policy, the manager was not able to comment. ______________________________________________________________ Madison […]

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