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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
  • Payday loan company employee arrested for Forgery & Identity Theft

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On Tuesday Huntsville police booked 33-year-old Dominque Banks into the Madison County Jail on several charges ranging from forgery, identity theft, and theft of property. “At this time, we only have three victims. We believe there was a fourth victim, but we have been unable to get in touch with them,” Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police Department said. Police said Banks abused her power as an employee at “Always Money” on University Drive to take […]

  • Court documents reveal man who died in law enforcement custody appears to have had an alias

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A man who died a short time after being arrested for rape, sodomy, and burglary Monday morning may have ingested something before his death in custody, authorities said Tuesday. An autopsy will be conducted to determine how Neal Matthias Grillo, 37, died Monday morning at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, but a sheriff’s office spokesman said Tuesday morning they believe Grillo ingested something that led to him becoming unconscious. Authorities said Grillo had come […]

  • Huntsville Police Department & U.S. Attorney’s office develop task force to keep repeat offenders off the street

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  — A Huntsville man is charged with making a terrorist threat against the Huntsville Police Department HPD said 39-year-old Micah Duane Chisom made threats via telephone and in person to 911 dispatchers and police officers. According to court documents Chisom has had run-ins with the law for the last decade, HPD is hoping a new task force with the United States Attorney’s Office will keep repeat offenders like Chisom off the street. “What we want to do is send […]

  • Digital Traffic Signs installed after student hit by car on Capshaw Road

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala.  — In order to get drivers to start paying more attention on Capshaw Road, crews installed new digital traffic signs to let drivers know how fast they’re going. The Madison County Sheriff’s office said the goal is for drivers to become aware of their speed and slow down. These new temporary signs come after a student was hit by a car crossing the road. She suffered minor injuries. “The bus was off the side of the road and […]

  • Shooting leaves family shaken up after bullets fly past them while in bed

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police have arrested Victor Ortiz-Castillo. They believe he shot into a mobile home on Triana Boulevard Thursday evening. The home he shot into was Eric Buchanan’s. The incident happened at Merrimac Manor Mobile Home Community. Two months ago there was a double homicide there. Right now, Buchanan is counting his blessings. Police said the bullets were not intended for Buchanan, his girlfriend or their 3-year-old son. “We heard — POP! POP! I looked at the windows […]

  • Alumni & students excited about Alabama A&M Homecoming

    NORMAL, Ala. – It`s homecoming weekend for the Alabama A&M Bulldogs. On Saturday, the football team will take on Alcorn State University, but before the big game, there are a ton of activities planned. Friday, the Alumni Day Party was held. Since 1875, Alabama A&M University has been an HBCU founded on the principles of togetherness. So, homecoming 2018 is still a part of that principle. Everyone – old and young – can enjoy each other`s company. “It can be […]

  • Athens grocery store owner refuses to sell Pepsi products with NFL logo

    ATHENS, Ala. — An Athens grocery store owner is taking a stand against the NFL by refusing to sell Pepsi products that bear its logo. A local gas station owner is refusing to sell #Pepsi 20 ounce drinks because they have the #NFL logo on them! The owner explains his decision tonight on @whnt @ 6. pic.twitter.com/1zbor7SbRG — Aaron Cantrell (@AaronTheNewsGuy) October 11, 2018 According to a post on S&Z Grocery‘s Facebook page Wednesday morning, the store will stop selling […]

  • Local community leaders fighting to keep clean car standards

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Labor union representatives and environmental leaders are speaking out about the Trump administration’s plan to roll back clean car standards by 2020. The plan would eliminate the federal requirement that new cars and light trucks get more fuel-efficient on average each year. In 2012, the United States government finalized greenhouse gas reduction and fuel-efficient standards for new cars and passenger vehicles in model years 2017-2025. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, the clean car standards cuts harmful […]

  • Madison County Sheriff’s Office warns community about scams & deceptive advertising

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — The Madison County Sheriff`s Office has a warning for you at home. They want people to be aware of scammers and deceptive advertising. They said until someone falls victim to a scam law enforcement’s hands are tied, but they are being proactive. The sheriff’s office issues a warning anytime people notify them about a scam. “Unfortunately something that is coming up every day with the IRS, jury duty, and social security scams,” Lt.Donny Shaw with the Madison County Sheriff`s […]

  • Blood donations needed during natural disasters

    DECATUR, Ala. —LifeSouth has had to close offices in the direct path of Hurricane Michael, and they are going days without getting any donations. The Madison County location is hoping people turn up and donate locally to help with the blood supply. Hurricane Michael is already causing widespread damage. It has forced people to evacuate, including those who collect blood. Blood that’s used for life-saving surgeries. “Areas that are impacted by natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes may not be […]

  • Authorities search for weapons stolen during Bullet Barrell burglary, three charged in connection

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville police are still searching for 4 out of 10 guns that were stolen during a burglary at Bullet Barrel on October 3. Police have charged three men in connection with the burglary and located some of the stolen weapons, but there are some still missing. Huntsville police arrested Tandy Nicholas Jr, Joshua Lebray Everson, and Commarrius Cooper on October 4. All three men are charged with burglary, buying/receiving stolen property, and possession of stolen property. HPD […]

  • UAH partners with Jackson County Schools to test new safety & security technology

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Safety and security technology tests are underway at a Jackson County school in collaboration with The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Systems Management and Production (SMAP) Center. They could help keep Alabama’s schoolchildren safer if implemented statewide. The technology test bed at Skyline High School is a cooperative effort between the Jackson County Board of Education, Jackson County Sheriff’s Dept. and UAH. “On the State of Alabama level, we are working with the Alabama Law Enforcement […]