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
  • Madison County leaders approve building two storm shelters

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – County leaders said ‘Yes’ to building two new storm shelters. This will affect people living in districts one and four, which includes Hazel Green, Meridianville, Harvest, and Toney. People who may oppose the shelters argue they’re only effective with enough advanced warning and someone to open it up to neighbors before a catastrophic event. “It always comes right through here,” Hazel Otey from Meridianville said. “This is the path. Right through here on Patterson Lane.” In 60 years, Otey […]

  • Huntsville plans for broadband 5G internet service

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Cell phone service around Huntsville is about to get a boost. This week, city leaders said OK to bringing 5G internet speed to town. If it’s not on their hip or in their pocket, you can bet most people on the go have a cell phone in hand. “It’s only going to continue to grow, and we want to be ready for that,” Huntsville’s Business Relations Officer Harrison Diamond said. On Thursday, Huntsville City leaders approved a […]

  • Engineers planning to widen congested Sullivan Street in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. – People in Madison know it’s a slow trip as they head north and south on Sullivan Street. The city plans to widen the road, and neighbors say, not a moment too soon. Mary Ann Caissie knows what a headache it is to drive on Sullivan Street. She said the traffic is so bad, “it’s hard to get out on the road. There are accidents there almost every other week.” Where the sidewalk and the right lanes end at […]

  • Akridge wins Huntsville City Council runoff race

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – With over 5,600 ballots counted, Frances Akridge has won the Huntsville City Council District 2 runoff election against Mary Jane Caylor. Akridge defeated Caylor by a margin of a little over 1,000 votes. Akridge was less than one percent from winning the August 28 race outright. Both candidates weren’t sure what sort of turnout they’d see six weeks later as voters were asked to show up again and turn in a short ballot. “It took me just […]

  • Families rethinking beach trips ahead of Hurricane Michael

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Thousands of families around Huntsville are on fall break this week. For many, that means a drive down to the beach but Hurricane Michael has some people rethinking those plans. As of Monday afternoon, southeast Alabama is under a Tropical Storm Watch. Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency on Monday afternoon. It appears much of the hurricane will miss Mobile on its way to Florida. But state leaders are advising families to keep an eye out. […]

  • Huntsville City Council to vote on utility rate increase next week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-  You could soon be paying more on your monthly power bill. City leaders in Huntsville will decide next week on a rate increase for Huntsville Utilities. “We know that growth is coming to Huntsville and utilities has to be ahead of that growth,” Huntsville Utilities president and CEO Wes Kelley said. Huntsville Utilities leaders had three options on the table for city leaders to consider. This week, TVA began increasing its rates by 1.5%. “The TVA sells us […]

  • Betsy DeVos visits Huntsville on “Rethink School” tour

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stopped in Huntsville on Wednesday as part of her “Rethink School” tour and to tour the NASA Space and Rocket Center. She spent time getting an up-close look at kids in space camp. It’s not just a field trip for the secretary. She’s meeting with city and school leaders as part of her “Rethink School” conversation. “We’re here at a place that symbolizes unlimited horizons,” DeVos said. Devos says America may have won the space […]

  • Madison Crossroads hosts Fam Jam for parents

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Many parents struggle when it comes to helping their kids with their homework. So, teachers at Madison Cross Roads had some helpful advice for moms and dads. It’s never a good sign when you’re asked to stay after school. But it was an energetic evening at Madison Cross Roads. “Our children don’t exactly do what they do behind our backs in front of our faces,” parent Rebekah Lee McGinniss said. Teachers invited parents out for Fam Jam, […]

  • Cullman County man’s watermelon breaks state record

    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – A whopper of a watermelon weighed in as the new state champ during a growing competition over the weekend. Daniel White set an Alabama record with his 288-pound watermelon that he weighed in at the 2018 Pumpkin and Watermelon Weigh-Off at Bear Wallow Farm in Nancy, Ky. White grows the melons on his 30-acre farm in Battleground, Ala., near the Cullman-Morgan county line. His record-breaker, named Don, was one of four giant melons he has been […]

  • Deshler fans wear pink to remember little girl killed in car accident

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – A little girl from Russellville was killed in a car accident this week. Deshler High School families wore pink on Friday night to pay tribute to 8-year-old Jaleia Smith. It was homecoming night in Tuscumbia. The drums beat, a queen was crowned and fans showed up to cheer on the team. But a little girl was on everyone’s minds. “She had her whole life ahead of her,” Deshler High School graduate Tiara Ramsey said. “She went home to […]

  • Blue Origin is official choice for new ULA rocket’s booster engines

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Blue Origin will provide rocket engines for the United Launch Alliance’s next rocket in development, and those engines mean more jobs in Huntsville. Jeff Bezos’s space company will provide its BE-4 rocket engines for the Vulcan Centaur, which ULA said is nearing design completion. “We worked with them over five years,” mayor Tommy Battle said. “And the goal was to have an American made engine that could take these rockets into space.” The Blue Origin engines will […]

  • Alabama and Friends concert raises over $1 million for Jacksonville State

    JACKSONVILLE, Ala.- On Wednesday evening, thousands of country music fans filed into JSU`s stadium for a special concert. The band Alabama called in a few friends to raise money to help rebuild the campus after last spring’s tornado. Before he talked to reporters, Alabama frontman Randy Owen took a moment to collect himself. “To think there’s a chance I may not be able to perform tonight, with all of you all here, it’s very emotional,” Owen said. Feeling a bit […]