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Aaron joined WHNT News 19 in September 2016 as a Reporter/MMJ. Before joining the team; Aaron worked as a Reporter/MMJ in Monroe, Louisiana.

Aaron has covered many topics from the historic ArkLaMiss Flooding to the shooting death of Alton Sterling, and the protests in Baton Rouge.

He is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, but went to school at Middle Tennessee State University. While there, he was a Anchor/Reporter for his college station MT10 and interned at WTVF in Nashville for a year.

Aaron has a huge passion for reporting and storytelling. He loves meeting new people and sharing their stories.

He’s happy to be closer to home and to be here in the Tennessee Valley.

In his spare time Aaron likes to hang with friends, hike, and listen to music. So don’t be surprised if you see him singing or dancing in his car; just wave and join in.

If you have any news tips, comments, questions, or just want to say hi you can email him at aaron.cantrell@whnt.com, find him on Twitter @Aaronthenewsguy, or on Facebook @AaronCantrellWHNT.


Recent Articles
  • MCSO: Man faces domestic violence charges after SWAT team resolved “situation” in Madison County home

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Deputies report Tuesday a Madison County man is in custody after what they call a domestic violence situation. They tell WHNT a SWAT team did use less-lethal devices when they made entry.   Dirk Aaron Shewell, 49, faces three charges July 17: a First-degree Domestic Violence, First-degree Domestic Violence by Strangulation and First-degree Unlawful Imprisonment charge, according to a tweet by the MCSO. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says they received calls around 12:30 a.m. from a  […]

  • Police make fourth arrest connected to Binford Drive murder investigation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police announced on Monday they’ve made a fourth arrest in a murder investigation. On January 28, police responded to a call at Spring Branch Apartments on Binford Drive where Raemon Ross, 34, was shot. Emergency crews transported Ross to Huntsville Hospital with life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound, but he eventually died. Police said the victim was shot in his arm and the bullet traveled, striking him in his chest. Almost six months later, police said four people connected […]

  • Oakwood Avenue road construction causing damage to vehicles

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Repaving on Oakwood Avenue has started, but the construction is causing damage to some vehicles. Several folks reached out to WHNT News 19 claiming the road work caused their tire to blow out and damage their rim. One man said the cost to fix the damages was $1, 100. While WHNT News 19’s Aaron Cantrell was out covering this story today, he ran into a woman that said her tire was damaged five minutes before he got […]

  • Family living with no air conditioning claims Huntsville Housing Authority “doesn’t care”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As the temperatures in the Valley reach in the upper 90s, feeling cool becomes a priority. Having no air conditioning can be a hot hassle. One Butler Terrace resident said she has gone without air conditioning for at least three months.  Crystal King said she`s put in at least 30 work orders to get the issue fixed, but so far the unit remains broken. King currently lives in the property owned by The Huntsville Housing Authority with […]

  • Wreck victim’s parents share memories of their “Princess,” a woman who made God and her son top priorities

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities are investigating a fatal two-vehicle wreck at the corner of Douglass Road and Jeff Road in Madison County.  Jalissa Roshell Garner, 25,  died in the crash. Family members of Garner said she was on her way to pick up her six-month-old son Dylan. “She was that good part of me. That part that kept me laughing and I don`t know where I`m going to get that from now. I lost that part, that part of me […]

  • State Troopers identify woman killed in Madison County wreck, arrest man they say is responsible

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities are investigating a fatal two-vehicle wreck at the corner of Douglass Road and Jeff Road in Madison County. The wreck happened around 9:15 Tuesday night. Alabama State Troopers say one person has died in the wreck. They identified her at Jalissa Roshell Garner, 25, of Huntsville. A wreck has left 25-year-old Jalissa Garner dead. State Troopers say she was struck head on Tuesday night while driving along Douglas Road in Madison County. She was pronounced […]

  • Customers, coworkers remember Taco Bell shooting victim as someone who “was always in good spirits”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A shooting investigation is underway after police say an argument between two Taco Bell employees led to gunfire on Monday. Huntsville Police say Shawn Bone died at Huntsville Hospital of his injuries. Huntsville police have charged Pete Morris McCullough, 22, with first-degree murder for Shawn Bone’s death. McCullough is currently being held in the Madison County Jail. Police say McCullough shot Shawn Bone at the Taco Bell on Airport Road where they both worked. WHNT News 19 […]

  • No charges filed against man heard making racist and threatening comments in Snapchat video

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Authorities have decided not to charge a man who was taken into custody in connection with a video circulating on social media. The District Attorney’s office will not be filing charges against 19-year-old Christopher Tidmore for filming the video because there was no criminal activity shown in the video that they could charge him with. “One of the issues with the charges that we could have attempted include an absence of any weapons in the video. The […]

  • GoFundMe set up for 8-year-old that nearly drowned in Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – An 8-year-old child that was flown to the hospital after a near drowning incident in Limestone County Wednesday evening is still alive according to officials. Superintendent Tom Sisk tells WHNT News 19 that the last update he received on 8-year-old Son Phan was that he is 99 percent brain dead and that he is still holding on with a ventilator. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said Son was found floating in the neighborhood pool face down […]

  • Fireworks incident inside vehicle sends 4 Limestone County teens to UAB burn unit

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — Four teens are in the UAB burn unit today. Police say active fireworks inside a vehicle burned the teens Wednesday night. Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson says his office received a call about the incident on Stanford Street at approximately 9:18 p.m. Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Bryan Thornton reports the vehicle with the teens ran through a yard and hit two other vehicles. He says the vehicle was a total loss. Limestone County Schools Superintendent […]

  • Alabama State Troopers are aggressively enforcing violations to ensure safe travels on the 4th of July

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In 2017 there were eight traffic deaths in the State of Alabama for the Fourth of July holiday period. Seatbelts were not used in seven of those crashes according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. As of Monday, June 25, 2018, Troopers have investigated 273 traffic deaths.  Of those 273 people, 236 of them were traveling in vehicles equipped with seat belts, but only 88 people were buckled up at the time of the crash. For this Fourth of July, Alabama State Troopers encourage motorists and passengers to buckle up no matter how short the […]

  • Preparations underway for firework shows in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY Ala. – Looking for something fun to do for the July 4th in Madison County? There are several different events happening all across the Valley. The Space and Rocket Center will hold their annual firework show Wednesday night starting at 9. The center will be open until 5pm. They are allowing children 12 and under in for free. They’ve had a firework display for the last several years. “We will be shooting off five and six-inch shells so […]