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
  • New VBC rooftop bar plans to open in March

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – This week has been terrible for anyone stuck outside. But city leaders in Huntsville are looking ahead to some warmer evenings for people to go downtown. Thursday evening, city leaders approved the latest steps on two construction projects happening near the Von Braun Center. “We’re excited to be opening at the beginning of March, early March,” Von Braun Center marketing director Samantha Nielsen said. The new Mars Music Hall has now welcomed thousands of people at its […]

  • Huntsville names new music advisory board

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On Thursday evening, Huntsville city leaders named their new music advisory board. Artists Judie Allison, Codie Gopher, Cricket Hoffman, Mario Maitland, Mark Torstenson, Chuck Rutenberg, Celise Sanders, Brett Tannehill, and DeQn Sue were all named to the board. City leaders picked the men and women after finishing a music audit in Huntsville. They say they hope the board can help grow Huntsville’s music scene, both with education and performances. “This is a diverse group of diverse music […]

  • Boss is out to lunch, Tex Mex joint needs to clean the ice machine in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    MADISON, Ala. – Health inspectors found that an Asian eatery leaves the chicken sitting out, the boss was out to lunch at a Mexican eatery, and a Tex Mex place needs to clean the ice machine. Buena Vista Cantina on highway 72 in Madison was inspected on January 6. The inspector found chicken in the warmer at 97ºF. There was also nobody around claiming to be the person in charge. The inspector says there was also clogged pipes in the […]

  • Federal trial begins for Madison County doctor charged with over prescribing opioids

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A doctor in Madison County is on trial this week in federal court after prosecutors say she was over prescribing opioids. Tuesday was jury selection in doctor Celia Lloyd-Turney’s trial in federal court. Prosecutors say Lloyd-Turney over prescribed dangerous opioids — known to heighten the risk of overdose or death — to people at her clinic in Toney. On Wednesday, the prosecution called six witnesses to testify against Dr. Lloyd-Turney. Crime scene investigators and police officers were […]

  • Huntsville High School to forfeit basketball wins due to ineligible player

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville High School announced on Saturday afternoon the school unknowingly played an ineligible player on the boys basketball team this season and will forfeit any wins the player was a part of. Huntsville High School Principal Aaron King said in a release the school recently learned about the ineligible player and the school made a self-report to the Alabama High School Athletic Association. “It was good just to be able to get out here and play on […]

  • Parking in demand during big event weekend in downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thousands of people have their tickets for some entertainment downtown. For two straight nights, leaders at the Von Braun Center are expecting big crowds. And with nearby construction, parking spots may be a little harder to find. More than two hours before puck drop, Ryan Kroman and his family are early to the party. “There’s free T-shirts tonight and the first 2,000 people get one, so we wanted to make sure we got one,” Kroman said. Near […]

  • Waffle diner issued suspension notice, dirty soda nozzles in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A waffle diner needs to throw out the chili, a sports bar needs to clean its soda machine, and a Mexican restaurant forgets to date its food. Waffle House on Shields Road in Huntsville was inspected on New Year’s Eve. The inspector found day-old chili that was being kept at 70 degrees. There was also sliced cheese, ham, and diced tomatoes kept at 46 degrees. In a follow-up visit, Waffle House took care of the chili, but […]

  • Lightning hit a Madison home early Tuesday morning

    MADISON, Ala. – It was certainly not the wake-up call Jeremy Shelley wanted. He says he and his family were home when lightning struck their house just before 5:00 a.m. Tuesday. “She says she saw a bright white flash that took up the entire bedroom and heard the boom instantly,” Shelley said. Shelley and his family were home sleeping during an early morning heavy rain when he says a lightning bolt hit the peak of his home. The bolt blew […]

  • Cleanup begins at Union Grove School hit by tornado

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – There’ll be no school this week for kids at Brindlee Mountain schools after an EF-2 tornado ripped apart the elementary school in Union Grove on Saturday. The powerful storm destroyed the cafeteria and eight classrooms. Monday afternoon looked like moving day. Teachers and volunteers were loading up cars and trailers with classroom supplies that weren’t destroyed. “The pictures don’t do it justice. Going inside and seeing it is devastating,” Brindlee Mountain primary teacher Debbie Raney said. […]

  • Police training center building contract approved

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Workers will soon begin building a new police training center in Huntsville. Thursday evening, the city council approved a $10.2 million contract with Fite Construction to build the center along Triana Boulevard. Right now, police officers and firefighters conduct training at the former Johnson High School. The new center will include three buildings, and city leaders say much of the site is already prepped for construction. “It has everything they’re going to need,” said Huntsville Director of […]

  • City OKs multi-million dollar Hays Farms development agreement

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – City leaders said ‘yes’ to a multi-million dollar development in south Huntsville Thursday evening. The Hays Farms Village Proposal would annex just over 400 acres along Haysland Road behind Grissom High School for the company Hylis to build retail, office space, and 200 new homes. Of that land, the city would build around a nine-acre park. “That’s why we drafted the development agreement to where that performance must occur before the city performs anything,” said Shane Davis […]

  • Dirty dishes, worker not wearing gloves in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    A busted sink is ‘no bueno’, a roadhouse needs to scrub the pans again and an Italian restaurant’s ice isn’t so nice. Those were some of the problems inspectors found in this week’s Restaurant Ratings. Texas Roadhouse on Jeff Road was inspected on December 27. An inspector found chicken in the reach-in cooler at 53ºF, shrimp in the reach-in cooler at 48ºF, salmon in the reach-in cooler at 50ºF, spring salad in the reach-in cooler at 57ºF and shredded cheese […]

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