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
  • Alabama A&M’s business school receives new accreditation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A feather in the cap for Alabama A&M University this week. School leaders announced on Thursday their business school received a new accreditation. “This is truly another great day on the hill,” Alabama A&M President Andrew Hugine said. It’s been four years since Alabama A&M leaders set out to get their business program accredited. “You told me it was a priority,” College of Business dean Delmonize Smith said. “You told me if we achieved it, it’d be […]

  • No time stamps on food, no handwashing in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Hot water that wasn’t hot enough, some missing dates on the produce and a worker who skipped the hand washing. Those were some of the issues health inspectors found in this week’s Restaurant Ratings. Dairy Queen at 7584 US-72 West in Madison was written up for improper temps on the hot dog warmer and the reach in cooler for lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. The diner was also cited for residue in the ice chute and soda nozzles, as […]

  • Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely pleads not guilty, trial set for March

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon at his arraignment on 13 criminal charges. Blakely and his attorneys are set to go to trial on March 9th. Tuesday was a short, but memorable appearance in Limestone County court for Blakely, uttering just a few words to the judge, “Not guilty on all counts, your honor.” “I think he wanted the citizens to know that he intends to fight this case,” Blakely’s attorney Robert […]

  • Park bench remembering Marine Corps veteran in Huntsville stolen

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A family in Madison says they’re upset after it appears someone stole a park bench in memory of their father. The bench along Aldridge Creek Greenway was in memory of Richard Mansfeldt. “He said to me one day, ‘if I can’t walk that greenway, what’s the point of my life?'” Richard’s daughter Kathy Skibinski said. From the fall colors to the wildlife, it’s easy to see what attracted Dick Mansfeldt to the Aldridge Creek Greenway. “And he […]

  • Huntsville City Council approves amphitheater management, Joe Davis renovation plans

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville city leaders chose a group to run the show at the soon to be built MidCity Amphitheater Thursday night. The council approved a 10-year contract with the group now known as Huntsville Venue Group. The HVG will be in charge of attracting headlining acts to perform in the venue. They’ll receive nearly $300,000 from the city a year, as well as a portion of the profits from the 8,500 seat venue’s shows. “You guys are going […]

  • Improper hand washing, beef thrown out in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A cooler not cool enough, some missing paperwork, and an ice machine that needed a good cleaning were reasons a few ethnic eateries were docked points in this week’s Restaurant Ratings. Saffron Indian Restaurant at 12090 County Line Rd in Madison was inspected on October 30th. The eatery was written up for broken knives and strainers in the kitchen and a dirty ice maker. The inspector says three days later, the equipment was thrown out and ice […]

  • Fayetteville High School denied playoff bid over ineligible player

    HERMITAGE, Tenn. – The Fayetteville Tigers’ football season is over. The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Board of Control voted 6-2 Tuesday to deny the school’s appeal regarding the eligibility of a player on the team. School leaders showed up to fight the recent decision. But it wasn’t enough to convince state athletic leaders to let the tigers back in. The proceeding has left several Tennessee football teams in limbo, including Richland High School. “We knew something was going to […]

  • Athens neighbors weigh in on plans for old Pilgrim’s Pride site

    ATHENS, Ala.- The old Pilgrim’s Pride chicken plant has been torn down and it may soon be a park. City leaders want to hear from neighbors about what should be built on Pryor Street. After years of negotiations, phone calls and heavy lifting, the old Pilgrim’s Pride chicken plant in Athens is gone. “It’s environmentally clean, all the ADEM tests have been run,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said. The question now is what to do with the site. City leaders […]

  • Food not dated, not enough soap in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    ARDMORE, Ala. – Food with no dates on it, cracked dishes and not enough soap were just some of the issues a health inspector found during recent stops at restaurants in Limestone County. Cowboy’s Kitchen on Pulaski was flagged for having no dates on its pork and chicken and incorrect dates on its fried chicken. The reach-in cooler temperature was kept in the 40s, there was a rusty can opener blade and a cracked ice bin. The inspector says in […]

  • Trunk or Treat Halloween event to benefit Huntsville homeless

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Families were bundling up on Halloween to do some trick or treating, and Jeep and Mustang drivers were passing out candy and collecting goods for the homeless. “We don’t want it just to be out of the back of your Jeep. You want to create a fun environment,” Rocket City Wranglers member Nancy Kennedy said. Club members from Rocket City Wranglers came prepared to the Providence parking lot. Each car and SUV is different from the next, […]

  • VBC leaders show off new improvements for Havoc fans, music lovers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On Friday, the Huntsville Havoc play their first home game. On Tuesday evening, hockey fans lined up to greet the team and pick up their season tickets. “It’s kind of nice to get up close and personal with the players,” Havoc season ticket holder Rheta Muniz said. The Von Braun Center showed off some new features to hockey fans at Propst Arena. They also revealed the names and event lineup for the new music hall and restaurant. Fresh […]

  • Grant teen charged with manslaughter in New Hope shooting

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A Grant teenager has been charged with manslaughter after a shooting in New Hope on Monday night. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said Jacob Tanner Bearden, 19, was charged Tuesday. Deputies said they were called to a shopping center in the 10000-block of Highway 431 around 8 p.m. Monday. One man who used to live in the Madison County area says when he was nervous when he heard about the shooting. Richard Blanch says he thought […]

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