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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
  • Jemison High School welcomes new principal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It was only a few weeks ago that Jemison’s PTSA president was pleading to be involved in the search of a new Jemison High School principal. He wanted someone who was willing to communicate with the PTSA, other parents, and work to make the school better. Huntsville City School Board members believe the right person for the job is Rachel McDaniel. The board approved the hire Thursday night during a board meeting. “I have taught school for […]

  • Road closures for Madison Summer 10K & 5K may impact ACT test takers

    MADISON, Ala. – If your child is taking the ACT Saturday morning at Bob Jones High School you may want to plan accordingly.  The Madison Summer 10K and 5K  runs will be taking place and the school sits directly on the roads being blocked off from traffic. “That includes the areas of Old Madison Pike, East View Drive, Hughes Road, and all the way into the downtown area,” Captain John Stringer explained. The race is an annual event. The Madison […]

  • Attorney seeks to reclassify suit as class action lawsuit against Jeremy Nelson

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A class action lawsuit is pending against a man and his former employer in connection to cameras found in restrooms and changing areas of several businesses. In October 2014 Jeremy Nelson was arrested after police found out he had placed video cameras in the restroom and changing areas of several businesses in Madison County, including Ann’s Dance Studio and WHNT News 19. Nelson pleaded guilty in 2015 in Federal Court to four counts of sexual exploitation of […]

  • Democratic Candidates for District 7 State Senate seat gear up for runoff

    The Democratic candidate for the District 7 State Senate seat is heading to a runoff. Neither candidate, Deborah Barros or Deidra Willis, reached that 50.1% mark to avoid the runoff. Willis came close to winning the contest. “I’m from Huntsville Alabama,” said Willis. “I was born and raised here so I have students here, community, extended family. So I was excited, but I didn’t like how many came to the poll, so hopefully, we are going to get more out.” […]

  • Parents upset over recent hire of Limestone County Superintendent’s daughter, school system responds

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — Johnson Elementary School parents are upset over a recent hire within Limestone County Schools. Katherine Ikerman, daughter of Limestone County School’s Superintendent Tom Sisk, was hired Tuesday as a special education teacher. The move has parents concerned that the Board of Education approved her hiring because of her relation to her father and felt there were better-qualified candidates. Tara Bachus, Director of Special Education for Limestone County Schools, said, “We went through the process and it has […]

  • Judge denies EPSCO’s preliminary injunction against Huntsville City Schools

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Madison County judge denied EPSCO’s request for a preliminary injunction against Huntsville City Schools former Superintendent Matt Akin and the school board Tuesday. The staffing company filed the lawsuit last month after the school system awarded a bid to the company Professional Education Services Group over EPSCO. EPSCO had to prove four different elements in order for the judge to issue a preliminary injunction. According to court documents, they only proved two out of the four. Testimony […]

  • Governor Kay Ivey, Mayor Tommy Battle last minute campaigning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Governor Kay Ivey supporters range from the elderly to the young. “She’s bringing all these jobs, lowest unemployment rate, and people are working again. That’s what it is about,” Hayden Jones said. Hayden Jones is a long way off from being able to vote but supports Governor Ivey and her vision for the state and so does his sister. They both want to grow up and be politicians. “I like how in politics you get so determined […]

  • Mae Jemison student allegedly body slammed by security officer gets an attorney

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Mae Jemison High School student is recovering after a security guard allegedly body slammed him on May 21. A family friend says that student, 15-year-old Steven Franklin was involved in a fight with another student when the security guard intervened. The officer worked for a company the school contracted to provide extra security. Huntsville City Schools confirmed that officer no longer works at the school. Franklin’s family now has an attorney. They plan to sue the contracting company […]

  • Huntsville Housing Authority addresses HVAC concerns

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – New HVAC systems are on schedule to be installed in one of Huntsville Housing Authority’s properties. WHNT News 19 asked if these new systems would alleviate the high number of work orders they had.  At the time HHA declined an on-camera interview. According to data from the Huntsville Housing Authority from November 1, 2017 until January 31, 2018 there were 520 work orders placed by folks living in their properties. All of the orders dealt with heating […]

  • PTSA wants to be involved in search for new Jemison Principal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The search is on for a new principal at Mae Jemison High School. The school’s PTSA President said the former principal was removed from Mae Jemison after several complaints from parents. In two years Mae Jemison has gone through 2 principals. The first principal left for unknown reasons according to Jemison PTSA President James Mitchell. At the start of the 2017 Jemison`s new principal was Lynette Alexander. “That principal has now been removed. The PTSA is grateful […]

  • Spotting hazardous trees before they fall

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — When a storm comes a brewing you can expect heavy winds and rain, which means trees may fall. Extension Specialist Rudy Bacumbaba said Mother Nature will always have its hand regardless of the size and health of the tree. He said there are many reasons that cause trees to fall over during a storm. He said most of the trees in urban areas are healthy, but when there`s a heavy downpour the ground becomes saturated. “That can […]

  • Madison County woman says drain could stop her yard from being flooded

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala — A Madison County woman said for the last five years she has tried to contact her county commissioner about a flooding a problem.  She claims there`s not enough drains to handle the amount of water coming through, so she called WHNT News 19 asking for help. We took action today to try to get her some help. Deborah Bearden has lived on Byrd Drive in Owens Cross Roads. She said every time it rains more than […]