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.
HARTSELLE, Ala. – Hartselle police say they are on the search for people who were seen aiming a gun and shooting out of a dark-colored, four-door sedan. Investigators and victims say someone is shooting BB guns at glass doors and windows in the area. “We actually had two reports,” explained Lt. Alan McDearmond of the Hartselle Police Department. “One on Westwood Road and there on Garner Road. Both of them had a couple windows shot out.” One of the victims […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the past year, multiple industry growth announcements have been made in North Alabama. From automotive manufacturing to the FBI. Some worry that many of the positions will be outsourced, instead of filled by local workers. “I know our branch has offered to meet with some of the leadership that’s coming in with Mazda Toyota,” explained Benard Simelton, President of the Alabama State Conference NAACP. The NAACP said they are working to encourage diversity in positions of […]
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Eighty thousand dollars a year keeps the Athens-Limestone Public Library in good standing. That money, funds programs and stocks bookshelves. Library personnel said the Limestone County Commission gave them a nonsensical reason for a thirty thousand dollar budget cut. “We hadn’t had an annual audit since 2016,” explained Paula Laurita, the library’s director. “But according to the state we only have to be audited every five years. So our next audit actually isn’t due until 2021” […]
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – A team of Morgan County deputies spent their Saturday preparing to protect the county courthouse. The Morgan County courthouse is secured by sheriff’s deputies each day. Deputies said thousands of people walk into the courthouse every week, and it’s their job to make sure no one gets hurt. One of the simulation coordinators said recognizing signs of danger can be vital in an active shooter situation. “In this situation, we’re training the courthouse security team to […]
DECATUR, Ala. – “It was very good for us, our numbers were going up and we were able to help a lot of students and youth just from the community,” said Lemzel Johnson, lead programs coordinator with Decatur Youth Services. The group occupied the old Brookhaven Middle School campus. “There were some issues with the soil up under it because it was a school that was built on the landfill,” Johnson explained. “So, there were some issues that were coming up […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Alabama State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People kicked off its state conference on Thursday morning. Members of NAACP branches from all over the state gathered in Huntsville to get both members and the public excited to exercise their right to vote in the 2020 elections. State president Benard Simelton said voter education is more important now than ever. “We’re supporting candidates who support our issues, whether that’s health care for […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Wednesday morning, federal agents collaborated with local agencies in a criminal sweep across multiple counties in North Alabama. At least a half dozen local law enforcement agencies took part in arrests, along with drug enforcement agents, but the exact types of crimes committed here are still unclear. One local drug prevention group said anytime a dealer is taken off the streets, progress is made “Its always good news when we hear about our drug task force agencies […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The 2020 Alabama General Fund will increase the state corrections budget by 40 million dollars. The money will allow for the hiring of new correctional officers and pay raises, but what about those who work with people who have been released from jail or prison? Once inmates are released from jail on probation or paroled from prison they are assigned a parole or probation officer. One legal expert says the decision to give someone probation or parole […]
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Limestone County has unfortunately been no stranger to deadly domestic situations recently. Just days ago, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, said one man killed his mother, her husband, and himself in Limestone County. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said the tragedy serves as a reminder for families in the area. “You know, it’s coincidental here that this coincides with the month of October,” said Stephen Young, spokesperson for the office. […]
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – It has been two days since Limestone County Deputies stopped by a county home for a welfare check and made a shocking discovery. A Tennessee man is believed to have killed his mother, Jamie Phillips, her husband, Jerry Phillips and then himself. Deputies found three bodies; one in the backyard shed, one in the garage and a third inside the home. There’s no official record of how long 29-year-old Robert Earl Gilchrist lived with his mother […]
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Sheriff’s deputies found three bodies at a home north of Athens on Wednesday. The case began when the man who lived in the home didn’t show up for work on Monday, a man told WHNT News 19. Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies showed up at the home on the 22000 block of Black Road around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and found the three bodies; one in the backyard shed, one in the garage and a third inside the […]
ELKMONT, Ala. – Farmer Jesse Hobbs said the recent drought sent one of his crops down a fast track to maturity. “You can still see some of the green spots around the edge, still a few leaves,” explained Hobbs. “As a whole, this field could be harvested in the next day or so.” That’s not a good thing. This soybean crop was supposed to be green for at least another month. As a result, many of the soybean pods are […]