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Kelly Vaughen is a multimedia journalist at WHNT News 19. Originally from Virginia, the east-coaster is thrilled to make Alabama her home.

Kelly earned her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington D.C., and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hofstra University in New York.

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  • Athens City Council approves new contract for Nixle emergency alerts

    ATHENS, Ala. – The Athens City Council approved a new contract with Nixle for emergency alert services on Monday, Jan 14. Thousands of people in Athens stopped receiving Nixle alerts last week. Those are messages that give emergency alerts through texts or emails. The once free service will now come at a cost to the city. The Nixle program allows cities and first responders to send alerts about road closures, weather, amber alerts, and power outages, among other things. Holly […]

  • School health professionals learn what is and isn’t working to keep students safe

    HUNTSVILLE Ala. — More than 280 north Alabama school health professionals came together to discuss the issues impacting students Friday. Things like school safety, bullying, adolescent substance abuse, mental health, and suicide. For the third year school health professionals, like counselors, nurses, social workers, school resource officers came together to learn about evidence and research-based approaches to make students safer. “In the 1970s you wouldn’t see this conference. You wouldn’t see police officers and mental health sitting down together, looking forward together,” […]

  • Construction to finally begin on Limestone County bridge

    LIMESTONE COUNTY Ala. —  Construction will finally begin on a bridge in Limestone County that has been unusable since 2015. The bridge is near the site of the future Mazda-Toyota plant. Work to repair it was stalled after endangered snails were discovered in the creek below it. Now, the bridge has been re-designed, and work is about to begin. For the past three years, farmers and homeowners in this area have had to drive miles out of their way to […]

  • School and parents monitor student’s health with smart thermometer and app

    ATHENS Ala. — A school in Athens is one of 17 in Alabama participating in a national school health program aimed at keeping kids healthy throughout the school year through technology. “In the past years when we’ve had problems with the flu. It gets more of a concern because you don’t want to be the one with the kid that’s sick because there have been deaths,” said Kristie Murphree, parent of a Brookhill Elementary student. To help keeps students healthy, Brookhill Elementary is one of […]

  • Athens mayor says new high school will bring economic growth

    ATHENS, Ala. — The new high school in Athens is expected to open in the next few weeks. The $60 million project will of course benefit the students that go there, but Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks says the school will have impacts across North Alabama and was a necessity. “People would drive by the old high school, and mamas with young children would say, ‘We really want to look at Athens, but we’re not sending our kid to this facility,'” he said. “And […]

  • Preventing chronic wasting disease from spreading into Alabama deer population

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Chronic wasting disease is making its way toward Alabama. The contagious and deadly neurological disorder affects members of the deer family. CWD is a neurological disease. It is infectious and always fatal. It is spread through proteins that cannot be cleaned away by rain or time. Once an area is contaminated, it will infect deer for years to come. “It’s not like somebody brings their dog to the clinic and we can pull a blood sample and […]

  • Program urges Huntsville to maintain, not gain weight

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We’re a few days into the new year. Hopefully, your resolution for health and fitness is still going strong. If you need an extra push, the city of Huntsville and Huntsville Hospital are working to make it easier for you to achieve your goals. Stepping on the scale after the holidays can be nerve-wracking, but don’t worry. “I just like to maintain, If I don’t get heavy if I don’t get lighter. As long as I can stay nice I’m […]

  • More Rain is on its Way, How Emergency Management is Preparing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Waterlogged Alabama saw some sunshine Saturday, but more rain is on the way. The already soggy ground may get more rain Sunday into Monday, and with it, Huntsvile/Madison County Emergency Management’s Scott Worsham said trees with weak root structures can fall over. “If we did have high winds, 30 or 40 miles an hour or greater in the forecast, then we could see more trees, just random, fall down,” he explained. He said the rain could worsen some […]

  • Flooding is an issue throughout North Alabama, with more rain to come

    NORTH ALABAMA – The rain has stopped for now, but more is on its way. The heavy rains have caused flooding throughout the south. Emergency management is handling the flooding here in the Tennessee Valley, and how they are preparing for the rain that’s still to come. Check out the latest forecast discussion here. “The weather service says we’ve gotten up to four inches in parts of Madison County,” said Scott Worsham, an Emergency Management Officer for Huntsville/Madison County Emergency Management. The […]

  • U.S. hospitals to post online list of medical costs

    If you’re laying in a hospital bed the cost of the medications and procedures may not be top of mind, but it can certainly be a shock when you get that medical bill in the mail. But that will change next week, price transparency is coming to U.S. hospitals. Prices vary from hospital to hospital, and they can all depend on what your insurance company negotiates with hospitals. A new federal rule requires all hospitals to post an online list of […]

  • What to recycle post-Christmas

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Love it or hate it, the Christmas season has come to a close. It’s time put away the lights and ornaments until next year. It can be hard to know what can be recycled, or how to avoid some dangers that come with the Christmas clean up.  The day after Christmas is for breaking in your new toys and electronics, it may also be time to start the holiday clean up. Unfortunately, you can’t simply throw the wrapping, […]

  • First holiday season Alabama fully collects online sales tax

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – This is the first holiday shopping season where Alabama can fully collect sales tax online, a benefit to the state. Trying to collect online sales tax in Alabama was a decades-long problem, but this year the Alabama Retail Association‘s Melissa Warnke says those online purchases will be a huge benefit. “There is now a judicial precedent that says that the state does have the ability to ask those out of town businesses that don’t have any physical presence in Alabama […]