Dallas Parker joined the WHNT News 19 news team as a reporter/multimedia journalist in October 2018. She was born and raised in the barbecue capital of the world, Kansas City, Missouri, and is delighted to make Huntsville her new home.
Dallas is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism. During her time at Mizzou, she was a multimedia journalist for the school’s news station, KOMU 8 News, and worked with several other newsrooms throughout the Missouri School of Journalism.
In her free time, Dallas loves having listening parties for new music releases, online shopping, trying new restaurants and traveling.
If you run into Dallas outside the newsroom don’t be afraid to say hello! If you have any news tips, comments or concerns, shoot Dallas an email at Dallas.Parker@whnt.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @ParkerReports or Facebook @DallasParkerReports.
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner said one of the most fulfilling moments of 2019 was relocating his administrative offices back into the county courthouse. He said the accessibility allows for greater efficiency within the sheriff’s office. “That was something I felt like needed to happen for me personally,” said Turner. “Be back in the courthouse where you are not only around the people of Madison County, where you’re seeing people on a daily basis.” The Madison County […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Dozens of science-driven students from schools across the region gathered under one roof Saturday to show city models they created. Each year in the Future City Regional Competition, students are given a civil engineering based problem to solve. “Our city has street lights, and along the edge, it has a river that is very polluted, and it’s located in New Delhi, India,” explained Lulu Underwood, a student at Decatur Middle School. Many of the students have been […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – An award-winning filmmaker introduced the Huntsville Museum of Art’s latest exhibit for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and Black History Month. Jack Mitchell, creator of Harlem, Hollywood, Broadway: African-American Legends was known for many works of art, including photographs of famous black artists and performers during his lifetime. “Jack’s very first cover shot, an African-American magazine called ‘color’,” explained Craig Highberger, a documentary filmmaker who is now the executive director of Mitchell’s archives. In history, some photographers […]
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – 2019 was a year of change and growth for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. It was Ron Puckett’s first year as sheriff and deputies arrested and booked nearly 200 more people than 2018. Morgan County has had a tough crackdown on drugs this past year. But deputies said they’ve had an even bigger impact using preventative policing. Wednesday, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office released the numbers on disturbance calls, safety and compliance checks in 2019. More […]
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Storms rolled through Marshall County on Saturday afternoon. The sheriff said many areas saw minor damage from trees down and power lines that were snapped but nothing worse than the damage done at Brindlee Mountain Primary School. “We knew it was coming so we all kind of planned ahead and had everybody on standby,” explained Sheriff Phil Sims. “Everybody got here pretty quick.” Alongside the sheriff, several area fire departments responded to the scene as well […]
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Kids go to school to learn but sometimes learning is difficult when they have to worry where their next meal is coming from. The morgan county school system is fighting food insecurity with a food pantry. “When they haven’t gotten rest at night, when there’s turmoil in the home, when their basic needs are not being met,” explained Sherri Mann of the Morgan County School System. She said that’s where she steps in. This food pantry’s […]
TOWN CREEK, Ala. – Several weeks have passed since a tornado hit a Town Creek neighborhood along County Road 265. City officials said the restoration of order continues, and they are taking things “day by day.” Police Chief Jerry Garrett said help is coming from all over the region. “The city of Hanceville, The city of Moulton, West Morgan, East Lawrence Water.” “The brush trucks have come and they’ve loaded up a lot of this debris that has been pushed to […]
DECATUR, Ala. – North Alabama has seen quite a bit of rainfall recently. That caused some wastewater overflows in Decatur. Several manholes in different locations spewed water from the city’s sewage system for days. The state is now telling us how much of that water made it above ground. According to online records the Alabama Department of Environmental Management said approximately 1.6 million gallons of wastewater overflowed in the City of Decatur during last week’s heavy rainfall. Several people who […]
DECATUR, Ala. – Dr. George Washington Carver was born a slave and emerged into a well-educated scientist who made groundbreaking discoveries. Over the years monuments, buildings, and schools have been named after him. But one Decatur historian said Carver personally walked the halls of a building in her city. “Dr. Carver was here in 1935 at the school dedication,” explained Peggy Towns. The Carver School is believed to be the first school named in honor of the scientist in the […]
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – 2020 is projected to be a year of growth for North Alabama in terms of the economy and population. Limestone County officials said an upcoming community survey is extremely important. The U.S. Census begins April 1. “The last census numbers we had were in the 80 thousand people range,” explained Steve Turner, Limestone County District 2 Commissioner. “We’re expecting it to be 105 to 115.” That means the county has grown by at least 25,000 households […]
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Storms traveled through Limestone County Sunday evening. One woman said it was the strongest storm she’s ever seen in her area. “It was like this real loud roaring sound,” said Lisa Sively. She compared the sound of the storm to a train rolling down the tracks. Sively said she immediately sprang into action sheltering her children under the dining room table. “Our walls were sitting there flopping in and out.” What concerns her most is being […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – “It’s a fashion show, Capoeira, Brazilian martial arts, the drummers are getting warmed up. What it’s going to look like is a lot of fun,” explained Khadijia Mbacke who organized some of Huntsville’s 2019 Kwanzaa events. Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of values that brought people from all around the globe together Friday. “You know you’re looking at Gambia, you’re looking at Senegal, West Africa,” Mbacke added. “You’ve got people from other parts of Africa here, and […]