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
  • Huntsville mom questions jail release policy after special needs son let go

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A mother says she’s concerned after her son was arrested, booked, then turned loose and she had no idea. The mother says her son has Down Syndrome and she was expecting to pick him up from jail on Friday morning. LaQuitta Tate says this happened because her son was making himself a little bit too at home with the neighbors. She says she didn’t worry because she thought he was in a safe place, only to find […]

  • Zierdt Road widening resumes as nearby construction project ramps up

    MADISON, Ala. – For over a year, Zierdt Road has been slow going for people trying to get from home to work and traffic on the road is only going up. Developers are promising the widening project will soon be finished. Eugene Jung is taking no chances with his new giant metal rooster. “It was custom built in Athens, Georgia,” Jung says he bought the sculpture after seeing a similar one in Athens, Alabama, which was at one point stolen. […]

  • Manna House opens lettuce garden to feed the hungry

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – It’s a high tech solution to a low tech problem. A group in Huntsville has built a garden to feed thousands of people, and they don’t need an ounce of dirt or a minute of sunlight. The new Manna House garden raises thousands of heads of lettuce. “It was in the heart to do something to help people,” Manna House garden coordinator Gary Jordan said. Manna House leaders recently went looking for a new supplier of […]

  • Funky Monkey store closes, checks to vendors bounce

    MADISON, Ala. – A popular vintage store along US-72 is now closed. Funky Monkey is known for selling craft goods made by artists around north Alabama but many of those vendors say they haven’t been paid in over a month. On Tuesday, the Madison County tax office hung a notice at the Madison store, saying the owners owed just over $50 since the store was closing. Right now, the owners of Funky Monkey, Mark and Jennifer Grasham, appear to be […]

  • NASA plans to land the first American woman on the moon by 2024

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – NASA is getting more money for its upcoming moon mission thanks to a budget increase. The Artemis mission will send the first American woman and the next American man to the moon by 2024. President Trump announced Monday that he is adding $1.6 billion to NASA’s budget “so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!” “Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars,” […]

  • Families, police officers remember fallen officers in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police officers and their families showed up in Huntsville to remember officers who died in the line of duty. Widows and their families are thankful for the support of the community. A police officer is a job with danger that’s always present, but not commonly talked about. “I sleep more soundly knowing he’s home,” Chantaine Bulluck said. Bulluck’s husband is a sheriff’s deputy captain. For every police officer who doesn’t come home, there’s a knock on the […]

  • Clift Farm set for multi-million dollar development

    MADISON, Ala. – It was a family farm for around 200 years. But Clift Farm along Highway 72 will soon become new homes and a multimillion dollar shopping center. The sought-after land is the last major undeveloped property along the Highway 72 corridor from Huntsville to Athens. The evergreens are a natural buffer along Highway 72. “Most people didn’t know it was as big as it was,” Susan Clift said. “It’s about 560 acres,” Breland Companies president Joey Ceci said. […]

  • Huntsville neighbors concerned about snake sightings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – People in a Huntsville neighborhood are concerned because they say some unwanted guests are slithering in. But animal experts say after looking at the snakes, the families don’t need to worry. Parents and kids in Lincoln Park are cringing at the sight of some lounging snakes. “Tuesday, we counted about 15 of them. I’ve never seen that many before,” Joyce Eason said. For the past week, more snakes have been showing up in the creek that runs […]

  • Huntsville attorney wins Supreme Court ruling in TVA lawsuit

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – They’re not too big to sue. An attorney in Huntsville scored a big win at the Supreme Court this year. The ruling means for a TVA lawsuit six years after a man was killed in a boating accident on the Tennessee River. “From December 21 to January 14th, so about three weeks, I did absolutely nothing but prepare,” attorney Taylor Rouse said. For Rouse, the case started as a research project. “They were replacing overhead transmission lines […]

  • Moulton business owners continue cleanup after fire

    MOULTON, Ala.  – Their livelihood went up in smoke in just one night. Last week’s fire in Moulton destroyed Court Street Grill and Tucker’s Auto, where Quinton Tucker and his wife Kelly lived. Tucker had owned the shop for over ten years. Monday was the first time they were allowed back on the property since the fire. Now, they continue the thankless task of cleaning up the ash and crumbled debris from the fire that took nearly everything. “We’ve always […]

  • Phoenix Clinic doctor pleads not guilty following federal raid

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A doctor caught up in what prosecutors call the largest prescription opioid prescriber takedown in US history has pleaded not guilty. Dr. Marshall Plotka appeared in federal court in Huntsville on Monday and a judge says he’ll remain in prison, citing what he calls “clear and convincing evidence of danger to the community.” Last month, Phoenix Emergency Care was raided and shut down by federal agents. It’s causing headaches for many patients in North Alabama who rely […]

  • Huntsville city leaders agree to design plan for John Hunt Park playground

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The city’s largest park is about to get even bigger. City leaders want to rebuild the playground and build a space to bike and skate. On a sunny afternoon, Kids Space playground in Huntsville sees plenty of foot traffic. “They went in, got donations in the community and built it. It’s a wood structure, it’s over 20 years old,” Huntsville parks and rec director Steve Ivey said. After two decades of heavy use, Ivey says Kids Space […]

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