Blake Williams is currently a News Intern for WHNT News 19.

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  • BLOG: Severe storms produce ominous clouds, wind damage, and rainbows across the Valley

    As severe storms moved through the Valley on Friday, many of our viewers took the time to take photos of the clouds and the damage they left behind. You can monitor the heavy storms while you are on the go with’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! When to Watch: Programming that was preempted for storm coverage will re-air overnight Three injured in tornado-confirmed storm in Cullman County If you can safely take photos of the weather in […]

  • Private investigator takes on 2013 controversial cold case murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A private investigator is working to solve a nearly five-year-old cold case murder in Madison County that is the subject of a a controversial investigation. Jason Klonowski, an outspoken critic of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, was found murdered at his Harvest home in November 2013. In the weeks before his death, Klonowski vowed to keep the pressure on the Sheriff’s Office after his friend Robert Bryant was beaten by deputies. A former deputy went to prison in connection […]

  • Auburn Athletics extends head baseball coach’s contract through the 2024 season

    AUBURN, Ala. – Director of Auburn Athletics, Allen Greene, announces they have extended the contract of Head Baseball Coach Butch Thompson through the 2024 season. In his third year, Thompson led the program to its first NCAA Super Regional appearance in 19 years. “Butch is the epitome of an Auburn man,” Greene said. “He cares deeply about the young men in his program and the Auburn community at large. The recent successes of Auburn Baseball over the past few years […]

  • Decatur man sentenced to 30 Years in prison for plan to kidnap woman and sell her daughter into sex trade

    DECATUR, Ala. – A federal judge sentenced a Decatur man involved in a kidnapping and child sex-trafficking plot to 30 years in prison. A U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Brian David “Blaze” Boersma, 49, for the attempted kidnapping of a minor, attempted kidnapping, attempted sex trafficking of a child, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possessing a firearm to further a violent crime. Boersma pleaded guilty to the charges in March. Boersma had a detailed plan […]

  • Get muddy for a good cause with County for a Cure’s 2nd annual Mud Volleyball Tournament

    ATHENS, Ala. – It’s time to sign up to get muddy for a good cause! Registration is now open for the County for a Cure Relay for Life Team’s Mud Volleyball Tournament. The Tournament will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Swan Creek Park on U.S. 31 in Athens. All proceeds from this tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society. Teams can register online by clicking here or at the Limestone County Commission Office, which is […]

  • Artists celebrating bicentennial by capturing historic sites on canvas in Athens

    ATHENS, Ala. — A statewide artist group will be in Athens this weekend as part of a bicentennial art project to capture historic sites on canvas. The Alabama Plein Air Artists will be painting in the open air like the impressionists of the late 1800s. These paintings result from quick sketches done on site to get an impression of the subject. The artists then take their impressions back to a studio to create paintings that are more detailed. High Cotton […]

  • Redstone Federal Credit Union wins Credit Union of the Year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Redstone Federal Credit Union is recognized as Credit Union of the Year Wednesday by the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions. President and CEO Joe Newberry, of Redstone Federal Credit Union, explains why they won the national award. “Each day we strive to be a model credit union by enthusiastically serving our members and offering the products and services that meet their needs,” said Newberry, in a news release. In order to receive Credit Union of the Year, they must […]

  • Limestone County sheriff deputies use tracking technology to find missing Alzheimer’s patient

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies used tracking technology to find a man who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. He had walked nearly a mile from his home. Emergency crews found him lying in a ditch with minor injuries. The wife of the 77-year-old man reported him missing early Tuesday morning. She said she woke up in their home on Mooresville Road, and he was gone. The missing man, who deputies didn’t identify to the media, was a participant […]

  • Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce names Andrea Owensby new Executive Director/President

    HARTSELLE, Ala. – The Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Andrea Owensby as its new Executive Director/President. Owensby replaces Danielle Gibson, who left the Chamber after leading the organization for two years to accept a position as President/CEO of Decatur Morgan County Tourism. As Executive Director/President, Owensby will oversee the Chamber’s operations as well as work with staff and the Board to ensure Chamber programs and services run with a high degree of excellence that its membership […]

  • Library fundraising campaign kickoff event set for Friday at old Grissom high school building

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –Before construction begins in early fall, alumni friends and family can tour the halls of the old Grissom High School building, located at 7901 Bailey Cove Rd SE, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening. The Huntsville Library Foundation, the City of Huntsville and the Madison County Commission are hosting the event with food, live music, and a cash bar. Attendees will also have a chance to purchase a brick and/or a locker door for $25 from […]

  • Fate of Cecil Ashburn Drive expansion project up in the air

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Work on a major thoroughfare in Huntsville has hit another snag, The Cecil Ashburn Drive project will need to undergo some more changes. City officials are considering either closing the road altogether or leaving one lane open during construction. Huntsville’s Urban and Economic Development Director Shane Davis said closing the road completely would reduce the cost. The widening of Cecil Ashburn is a $15 million project, which is funded by the city of Huntsville and ALDOT. With over 17,000 […]

  • Dive into summer with Fridays after Five in downtown Athens

    ATHENS, Ala. – Athens Main Street hopes you will come downtown this Friday to dine, shop and enjoy live entertainment while taking in the beauty of the historic square. Fridays After Five will be on the third Friday of each month in June-September, beginning this Friday, June 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating businesses and eateries will remain open on these Fridays. In addition, vendors will line the sidewalks of downtown to sell art, handmade items, jewelry and more. […]