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
  • 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 […]

  • Four new hotels coming to downtown Huntsville, creating a parking crunch

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Downtown Huntsville’s newest hotel is expected to open later this year. City leaders say three more are right behind it. But, they say that will create a parking shuffle downtown. The new Mars Music Hall is now finished at the Von Braun Center. Across the street, a new job is starting to build a Hampton Inn and Suites. “We’ll provide more parking for downtown, more parking for the VBC, but also wrap that in a more urban setting,” […]

  • Senate candidate Jeff Sessions tours expanding FBI center at Redstone Arsenal

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Alabama senate candidate Jeff Sessions was in Huntsville on Monday afternoon to tour the new FBI training center being built at Redstone Arsenal. There aren’t many details being shared about the new center or when it’ll be finished, but former attorney general Sessions says it’ll play a large role in helping train police officers in Alabama. “When you talk about law enforcement and working relationships, this is what it’s all about in Madison County,” Sheriff Kevin […]

  • Rusty knives, raw chicken in the fridge in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Health inspectors found a few rusty knives, some raw chicken in the fridge, and a sports bar that needs to turn up its fryer and turn down its cooler. Fiero Mexican Grill on Rideout Road was inspected on December 20. The inspector found chorizo on the prep table at 52º and pico mix at 51º. There was also an unlabeled chemical spray bottle, dirty plates in storage, a rusty knife, and grilled chicken on the steam table […]

  • Gas Buddy predicts drivers could save at the pump in 2020

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Gas industry experts are looking down the road for 2020, and they predict you could be saving a few dollars to fill your tank this year. One big reason, 2020 is an election year. Gas Buddy predicts President Trump will push to sign a trade agreement with China and increase U.S. oil production to 13 million barrels a day to give the domestic economy a shot in the arm before voters visit the polls in November. For […]

  • Huntsville police on saturation patrols on New Year’s Eve

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On a night when people are raising their glasses to welcome 2020, police and bar owners are urging party-goers to find a safe ride home at the end of the night. “Sometimes we’ll fake the kids out and pretend that it’s midnight at maybe around 10 o’clock and go to bed,” Huntsville resident Nate Smith said. Many people around Huntsville and Madison said they don’t plan to go crazy celebrating the new year, but bar owners and […]

  • After long wait, seafood restaurant opens in Huntsville, another stuck in limbo

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Seafood lovers in Huntsville have been waiting around a year for a fresh catch from two promised restaurants along University Drive. Pier 88 opened just before Christmas, while the Krab Hut hit a big snag. “I’ve been watching it for quite some time, waiting for it to open up,” Huntsville resident Al Frye said. Frye got his wish the week before Christmas as Pier 88 opened its doors. “Everybody’s on holiday vacation,” Frye said. “They’re in that […]

  • Several large construction projects to finish in 2020

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Neighbors can soon expect some big attractions and a faster commute. Leaders in Huntsville and Madison are eager to see some multi-million dollar construction projects finished in 2020. That means some new roads, a minor league ballpark, even a new concert venue that opens next week. A new decade begins and a new concert venue is expected to open next week in downtown Huntsville. Workers are finishing the $12 million Mars Music Hall, which will host Jason […]

  • Gloves off at Sonic, Firehouse needs to clean the icemaker in this week’s Restaurant Ratings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The gloves were off at a Madison burger joint, inspectors found a problem with the ice at Firehouse, and a Bridge Street steakhouse needed to find another place to thaw its food. Connor’s Steak and Seafood at Bridge Street was inspected on December 5. The inspector says one of the kitchen hand sinks was being used to thaw out food. The cooks removed the food. There were also plates found in storage with food particles on them. […]

  • Huntsville City Council approves pay raise, design for new city hall

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The mayor previously said ‘No’, but on Thursday evening, the Huntsville City Council voted 4-1 to pass a pay raise for themselves and for the mayor. They also approved a plan that would build a new city hall within the next three years. “Being up here is a privilege,” Huntsville City Councilman Bill Kling said. “We’re elected to be servants. We’re not full-time employees, we’re 24/7 servants of the city,” Huntsville City Council member Jennie Robinson said. […]

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