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 City Schools has been ranked in the top 10 best school districts in Alabama. Niche.com ranks Hartselle City Schools number 9 out of 136 total districts. The website said the rankings are based on statistical data and surveys submitted by parents and students. Hartselle City Schools superintendent said the system is proud of the feedback they are receiving, but there’s always room for growth. “We want to continue and maybe even improve to go, you know, […]
ATHENS, Ala. – School buses are back on the roads and Athens City Schools has re-activated their bus cams to catch impatient drivers. Superintendent Trey Holladay said bus drivers already have a pretty tough job, so an extra set of eyes never hurts. “You got somebody that is driving the bus with up to 75 kids in it,” explained Holladay. “They’re all behind them. Therefore, the need for cameras is super important interior.” There are seven cameras inside each bus […]
DECATUR, Ala. – Mimosa drinkers get excited! You can now enjoy one with your Sunday morning brunch in Decatur. The Decatur City Council approved an ordinance allowing alcohol sales to begin at 10a.m. on Sunday mornings instead of noon. Many bars and restaurants offer alcoholic beverages, but lost out on revenue due to the previous Sunday alcohol sales restrictions. One local brunch cafe says this is a great change for businesses, but it’s ultimately about customer satisfaction. “So many of […]
DECATUR, Ala. – In October of last year, a car hit a man and left him for dead near the intersection of 12th Avenue Northwest and 3rd Street Northwest. The victim, Ricardo “Wiggie” Brown, was transported to Decatur-Morgan hospital where he died shortly after his arrival. Brown’s family says they feel like they have been left in the dark. Police have not yet been able to close the case. “It’s been rough on the whole family. It really has,” explained […]
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – There are buildings like schools, fire departments and courthouses that double as storm shelters in emergency conditions. But Morgan County 911 officials said the public shelters are one thing; they need to know about the shelter you may have on your property in Morgan County. The Morgan County 911 center said this registered information could help emergency agencies locate you and your family in a time of need. The registry builds a map of homes in […]
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – On Thursday and Friday, one by one Morgan county inmates were brought in and offered a Hepatitis A vaccination. Public health officials said it’s for good reason. “North Alabama is designated as an outbreak in Jackson County, Madison County, and Dekalb County,” explained Michael Glenn with the Alabama Department of Public Health. “Morgan County is not designated as an outbreak county yet. So we’re here to try to get in front of it to keep it […]
DECATUR, Ala. – Just ten days ago WHNT News 19 reported that a driver crashed into an apartment building on Wimberly Drive in Decatur. The crash ripped the staircase from the structure. The landlord, Belvia Matthews helped three affected families find shelter for over a week, but tenants said that’s about to change. Clagon Woods said when the SUV drove into the apartment beneath his, he was shocked. He sprung into action to help the driver get her kids out […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Five Alabama media professionals were recently inducted into the Alabama Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Hundley Batts, Sr, a Huntsville native, was among the five. “Mr. Batts is a force of nature, he is brilliant. He is engaged. He cares so deeply about the community,” said fellow broadcaster John Malone. Batts and his late wife Dr. Virginia Caples, own WEUP FM, the very first black-owned and operated radio station in the state of Alabama. He said it […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce put on another Second chance job fair for the community today. It’s their second one this year. More than 50 employers were present and more than 400 job seekers stopped by. Nearly 650 people attended the first event, and the chamber said they’d love to continue to grow that number. The Chamber of Commerce says some job seekers were hired on the spot and others have made progress in their […]
DECATUR, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Transportation says it is now considering making some changes to highway 67 in Decatur. This comes after a woman died just last month in a fatal crash on the roadway. Highway 67 in Decatur has been the home of several car crashes this year some of them fatal. Since the last fatal wreck in late July Mayor Tab Bowling, city leaders and ALDOT have come together in efforts to find solutions for this […]
ATHENS, Ala. – With a heat advisory issued for North Alabama over the next couple of days, many people are staying inside. Students are exposed to these extreme temperatures during the school day, but Athens City Schools said they shouldn’t be sweaty on the school bus ride home shouldn’t have to. WHNT News 19 spoke with Superintendent Trey Holladay and he said the system takes precautionary measures before putting buses en route to transport students. “We have certified bus mechanics. […]
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Friday morning, Rolando McClain’s attorney said prosecutors dismissed a gun charge against his client. McClain agreed to drop his appeal of a conviction on marijuana and “window tint” charges in exchange for a guilty plea. McClain was arrested after a traffic stop for a window tint violation in 2017. Police said they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and searched it. They said they found marijuana and a gun McClain did not have a permit for. […]