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
  • Jacksonville rebuilding one year after tornado

    JACKSONVILLE, Ala.- One year ago, an EF-3 tornado tore through Jacksonville, causing millions of dollars in damage to the town and the university. Thankfully, nobody was killed. People on campus this week are sharing a message of resilience. It’s a calm and cool evening in Jacksonville as people gather on campus. Nothing like the violent skies one year ago as a tornado blew through town.   “The smell of pine was overwhelming,” Sharon Padgett said, remembering the trees that were […]

  • Storm damaged dock in Decatur nearly rebuilt

    DECATUR, Ala.- It’s hard to miss for drivers crossing the bridge to Decatur. A storm last year destroyed the hard dock at Riverwalk Marina. Boat owners say they’re eager to see the dock rebuilt so they can enjoy the summer. With his boat buffed and shined, Clint Howard’s vessel is ready for a river cruise. “We’ve already been out on it a couple of times because we can’t hardly wait to get out,” he said. The Tennessee River has dropped below […]

  • Longtime karate teacher in Decatur passes away

    DECATUR, Ala. – This weekend, people around North Alabama will pay tribute to Jim Webster. He opened a karate studio in Decatur over 40 years ago and has taught thousands of kids over the years. Webster’s son who’s keeping his dad’s legacy alive. As Jamie Webster leads the pack, every punch includes an ideal. “They’re learning about stretching, balance, muscle control, flexibility, and patience,” Jamie said. At his studio in Decatur, Webster is carrying on what his dad started. “He […]

  • Customers shocked as All-Star Medical abruptly closes

    MADISON, Ala. – Several people around Huntsville and Madison are wondering what to do after a medical supply store suddenly closed. A few months ago, All-Star Medical announced it was combining its locations at its Madison store. Then, workers announced in a Facebook post in February that the store was closing. Many seniors are now wondering where to go for help. The vehicles are parked outside, but the lights are off and a handwritten note is on the door at […]

  • After recent repair, more cracks showing up along US-231

    LACEY’S SPRING, Ala.- Less than two weeks after ALDOT repaved a section of a mountain road in Morgan County, drivers are seeing cracks in the road once again. Monday afternoon was a clear day for swift-moving traffic heading up Brindlee Mountain. “Anytime you construct something on the mountainside, you’re going to see some sort of movement,” ALDOT public information officer Seth Burkett said. A break from the rain makes the trip home on Highway 231 much shorter than it was […]

  • Late, incorrect orders continue to plague Redline Steel

    TANNER, Ala. – WHNT News 19 is still hearing from upset people who say they haven’t received orders from Redline Steel. The last time we spoke with company spokespeople, they told us they were onto the last five percent of overdue orders; some of which were placed before Thanksgiving. But in the last few weeks, we’ve received a handful of complaints from people around the US who say they still haven’t got a package. Vince Pennington can say one thing […]

  • Missing rodeo bull Half Moon captured after two weeks

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Half Moon, the rodeo bull that escaped two weeks ago, is now back on the farm. This, after being nearly captured Thursday night. He originally got loose from the Alabama A & M University Agribition Center on February 22nd. The bull was eventually found on Meridianville Bottom Road near the Madison County Executive Airport. — Donny Shaw 👮🏻‍♂️ (@LtDonnyShaw263) March 8, 2019 Authorities said around 9:30 p.m. that Half Moon, the bull, was recovered and […]

  • Frigid week threatens Tennessee family fruit crop

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – We’re in for one more frigid night in the Tennessee Valley. And while many people are turning up the thermostat, Frank and Wayve Dennison are working late in the field. The Dennisons are hoping some late nights now will mean a sweet reward for strawberry lovers next month. “It’s the kind of week you don’t want to see,” Frank said. Stomping through the damp grass and pulling back the tarp, Frank Dennison is checking his crop. […]

  • Hampton Cove neighbors share concerns about future growth

    OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala.- Hampton Cove is growing, with more homes and businesses on the other side of the mountain. Commuters are waiting for Cecil Ashburn Drive to reopen, but Huntsville leaders wanted neighbor input about future plans. The trip over the mountain on Governors Drive is a test of many drivers’ patience, especially the 5:00 p.m. drive home. “I usually try to pick a time to come when it’s not that time,” Hampton Cove resident Susan Watson said. Workers are […]

  • Remington Arms refunds incentive money after failing to meet hiring goals

    ATHENS, Ala.- A few hundred people in Limestone County are getting a bonus over the next few weeks, paid for with money that was sent back to the county from Remington Arms. The gun maker in Huntsville hasn’t yet met its hiring goals. “We make all of the Remington pistols here in Huntsville,” Larry’s Pistol and Pawn owner Larry Barnett said. There’s a hometown pride that’s easy to pick up when talking about a Remington 1911. “We sold several hundred […]

  • Home for disabled in Huntsville damaged by flooding

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – 305 8th Street has been a haven for people with disabilities for 40 years. But leaders there say they need your help cleaning and fixing damage after recent basement flooding. The latest flooding isn’t just a headache, it’s potentially catastrophic for the home, which is not state funded. “We got the mold remediation done,” executive director Andrea Williams said. Industrial fans and a dehumidifier are cranked up in the downstairs rec room at 305 8th Street. “And […]

  • Keyless ignition cars can be a quiet safety threat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – New cars are built to run quiet, but some experts say they’re a little too quiet. Last month, a man in Tampa died after forgetting he left his car running in the garage. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills a few hundred people a year in the US. But in one of the most recent cases, the man had a keyless start in his car. Huntsville fire marshal Dan Wilkerson says that’s a problem that’s easy to overlook. Millions […]

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