Lauren Harksen is a summer 2018 intern for WHNT News 19.
After growing up in Madison and graduating from James Clemens High School, she chose to attend Troy University in pursuit of a Broadcast Journalism degree. With one more semester until graduation, Lauren is actively pursuing a career in reporting.
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Recent Articles
  • Back To School: When do Tennessee Valley students return to class?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We have good and bad news. The bad news, kids: summer break is almost halfway over. The good news, parents: summer break is almost halfway over! Though your child may not be as interested in the back-to-school date as you are, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the school districts in North Alabama and their start dates for the 2018-2019 school year. Colbert County Colbert County Schools – Wednesday, August 8 Muscle Shoals City Schools – Thursday, August […]

  • Town Forum on drug trends hopes to share guidance with people and families dealing with the issues of drug addiction

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Drug overdoses and deaths are in the news more than ever with the opioid crisis. Partnership for a Drug-Free Community’s annual Town Forum on Drug Trends will address what’s happening locally and what the community needs to know. This year, in addition to the information from law enforcement, the Partnership is trying to expand the panel to include more about what individuals or families facing an opioid or any drug-related issue can do for help. Panel members […]

  • Seussical the Musical comes to Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A famous doctor once said, “It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.” We all know that was Dr. Seuss and the famous author was certainly an expert on fun. The Huntsville Community Chorus Association knows how you can have it as well. Starting on Friday, your family can enjoy “Seussical the Musical.” “Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper. It’s fun […]

  • MAC football players challenge Bama to a game in viral tweet

    DETROIT, Mich. – Mid-American Conference football players are asking for a shot at playing the reigning national champions. But “be careful what you wish for,” a piece of advice that Washington fans might want to share with the Mid-American Conference right now. You probably remember what happened in 2016 when Washington fans were spotted with signs saying, “We want Bama!” Well, the Huskies eventually got Bama and it wasn’t pretty. The result was a 7 to 24 loss in the Peach […]

  • WATCH: Lip sync challenge by the Muscle Shoals Police Department goes viral

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – You’ve seen the lip synch challenges sweeping through police departments all over the country. Well now, a local department has gone viral with over 350,000 views! Muscle Shoals Police Department knocked it out of the park! Check out their video below. The video spans over seven minutes with songs recorded in Muscle Shoals at Fame Recording Studios. FAME is one of the world’s most famous recording studios, having recorded popular artists such as Aretha Franklin, George […]

  • Huntsville woman honored as first black female pilot in Alabama National Guard

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A historical moment on the stage of Fort Rucker’s Army Aviation school — 2nd Lt. Kayla Freeman wore her wings for the first time. But this was different than any other graduation, Freeman stood as the first black female pilot in the Alabama National Guard. On June 21, she walked across the stage, but didn’t consider how historically impactful the moment was. Freeman said she “didn’t think about making history when I started this journey. I just wanted to […]

  • Are fireworks legal to shoot off in your area?

    It’s Independence Day! That means American flags, BBQs, and firework shows. Firework stands are set up all over the Valley, but are they legal to shoot off in your area? WHNT News 19 is taking action to look through city and county ordinances to see if they are allowed. Check out if your area allows fireworks below. Colbert County Muscle Shoals  – Illegal – “It shall be unlawful for any person to have, keep, store, use, sell, handle or offer for sale, […]

  • Alabama ranks number one for the most fast food restaurants per capita

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – I’m sure anyone watching a television commercial late at night of a big juicy hamburger, perfectly-salted fries, and an ice-cold soda would start craving some fast food — Who wouldn’t? The United States is known to be one of the top consumers of fast food, but some states in America have quite a few more restaurants than others. And according to Datafiniti‘s latest analysis, southern states have the highest fast food count per capita. But wait… it […]

  • Rocket Chef 2018 combines the love of food and desire to help others

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Rocket Chef Culinary Competition is back for the 5th year in a row. This unique cooking competition is the only event of its kind in North Alabama. It combines two things that are important to many of us – food and helping others. All proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of North Alabama and Merrimack Hall’s Happy Headquarters. Four of the area’s top chefs will face off in a three-round cooking event in front of an audience of […]

  • Still Serving Veterans provides military vets with a chance at employment

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Are you struggling to find a job, a better job, or a career? Are you having difficulty translating your military experience and skills into job-relevant language? Are your resume and job search strategies leading you nowhere? Have you been surprised by the emotional roller coaster of transition and job change? If so, Still Serving Veterans’ Veteran Career & Transition Services counselors are standing by to assist you. The mission of Still Serving Veterans is to serve and […]

  • Madison County names Distinguished Young Woman of 2019

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One local representative of a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential has been decided. This year the Madison County’s Distinguished Young Women program announced Lauren Scott as the representative for 2019. Several excited participants put on a last dab of lipstick, reviewed their last routine, and took one more breath before stepping on the Von Braun Playhouse stage on Saturday, June 30. During the weeks leading up to the […]

  • Huntsville’s Research Park Holiday Inn announces $4.5 million renovation plan

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Renovations are planned for the Holiday Inn located on Research Park at the MidCity development. The $4.5 million plans will include all 200 rooms being revamped with new carpet, paint, lighting, and windows. The hotel’s front desk and lobby will get a Market Place with drink and snack items. The development will begin in July and is expected to be completed by December of 2018. The hotel will continue to be fully operational during the renovations, and a grand […]