Joel Porter joins WHNT after working the last three years in South Bend, Indiana.

He previously worked at stations in Grand Forks and Bismarck as a reporter and morning anchor before moving to Eugene, Oregon where he anchored the morning show, reported and filled in on weather.

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Recent Articles
  • Marshall County Sheriff’s office looking for help solving cold case murder

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies are hoping somebody can help them solve a murder that happened over 20 years ago. In April of 1997, a teenager alerted deputies to a grim discovery in Cotaco Creek north of Arab. “The hands and head had been removed, obviously to keep us from identifying the victim,” Marshall County Sheriff’s office chief investigator Keith Wilson said. Looking over the case file, Keith Wilson has a binder full of paperwork, and a half […]

  • Huntsville city school board expects to meet reserve fund goal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- The city school board approved its 2020 budget and finance leaders say they’ll end September with the state required $18 million in reserves. Not an easy task, finance chief Tina Hancock admits, when around 80 percent of the nearly $300 million budget goes to payroll and instruction. She believes the district is on the right track, so long as they stick to the plan.   “We were able to do that in one year instead of the three […]

  • Huntsville apartment complex condemned due to storm damage

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Because of Tuesday night’s storms, an apartment complex in west Huntsville is now being condemned by the city. A large tree fell on a complex at Garden Place Apartments off Hood Road SW. Now, one woman who’s pregnant had to pack up and leave. “The only thing that the manager kept telling me was that it’s just unfortunate.” That’s how the woman, who wants to remain anonymous, described her interaction with her complex manager. “It was scary. […]

  • Madison residents vote ‘Yes’ for 12 mil school property tax increase

    MADISON, Ala. — The unofficial tally is in, with over 6,000 people voting in favor of a 12-mil property tax increase for Madison City Schools. [Read the ballot language for the tax cut proposal] The increase, estimated to fund an additional $8.4 million in annual revenue, will be aimed primarily at new school construction, along with expansion of Madison’s two high schools and new instructional programs and safety, according to the school system. With one bubble to fill out, it […]

  • Elkmont pays tribute to Sisk family before football game

    ELKMONT, Ala. – There was a special tribute at Boss Hill Stadium on Friday evening. Before the game between Elkmont and Deshler, the school asked fans to pause for a moment of silence to remember the Sisk family, who were found shot dead in their home earlier this week. Cheerleaders from Elkmont and Deshler joined at midfield to release a few dozen red balloons after this week’s tragedy. Fans from Deshler also hung signs before the game praying for Elkmont. […]

  • Huntsville City Schools budget shortfall close to being righted after accounting mistake

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools leaders say they’re about one month away from getting their finances back in shape. They’re still recovering from an accounting mistake which left their reserve fund millions of dollars short. Huntsville City Schools leaders say they’ll finish the month with around $15-million in reserves.  That’s around $3-million short of where they need to be. Thursday was the first of two public budget proposals, and school leaders say the plan rights the ship as far […]

  • Huntsville city leaders promising Cecil Ashburn to reopen on Halloween

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Right now, workers are repaving a busy section of road in Jones Valley. And Huntsville city leaders are promising repaving Carl T. Jones Drive will be done when they reopen Cecil Ashburn Drive next month. City leaders say they approved $5.3 million to repave Carl T Jones and a few other streets in the city. Neighbors who live right off Cecil Ashburn Drive say it’ll be a welcome relief when the mountain road reopens. “We didn’t really […]

  • Community comes together in prayer after family killed in Elkmont

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A family of five is dead after a shooting in Elkmont. Investigators say the teenage son confessed to the crime and is in the custody of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. Tuesday evening, faith leaders invited neighbors in Elkmont out to pray. One man who helped organize the gathering says after battling addiction, he knows what it means when someone else reaches out offering love and support and that’s the message faith leaders were hoping to […]

  • Baseball fans say ‘Goodbye’ to Mobile Bay Bears

    MOBILE, Ala.- On Monday, the Rocket City Trash Pandas became the official AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. In seven months, the minor league baseball team will play its first game in Madison. And while that`s exciting news for Huntsville and Madison, there’s some sadness in the stands in Mobile as the team is playing its final games. Labor Day marks the end of the line after more than 20 seasons for the Mobile BayBears. But for people who […]

  • Guntersville High School gets 600th football win

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Guntersville High’s football team made school history on Friday evening, notching their 600th win. The 28-19 win came over the rival Boaz Pirates. “Tonight’s meeting is the 77th time. It’s been a series dominated by Guntersville,” radio announcer Bill Yancy said. Yancy is in his 55th year calling games for the Wildcats. The two Marshall County schools have played one another for nearly a century. Heading into Friday evening’s matchup, the Wildcats have 599 total wins […]

  • Former All-Star Medical supply store reopens in Marshall County

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Hundreds of seniors in north Alabama were shocked when several medical supply stores abruptly closed six months ago. But there’s good news for many of them who live in Marshall County. The former All-Star Medical store in Albertville is now reopened. “When Phil passed away, we were all looking for a job,” Derek Colburn with MMC Homecare said. After former owner Phil Garmon died in January, people in Marshall County who got their medical supplies from All-Star […]

  • Lincoln County hospital in money trouble

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. – A rural hospital in Tennessee appears to be in turmoil. From money trouble to a CEO who’s now out of a job, leaders at Lincoln Health System are looking for ways to overcome millions of dollars in revenue losses. Neither Lincoln Health’s board of trustees nor any Lincoln County commissioners were willing to explain on camera to WHNT News 19 the hospital’s situation. In a Tuesday afternoon meeting, Lincoln Health’s board of trustees got the diagnosis as […]

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