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.
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Two Limestone County felony theft suspects have been arrested in Arkansas and are awaiting extradition to the Limestone County Jail. A third is still on the run. Authorities said the three scouted Backwoods Landing boat dealership and came back to finish the job. “Two duck boats and motors and trailers had been stolen,” explained Stephen Young of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. “They discovered that there had been a suspicious vehicle prowling in the area around […]
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Longtime Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely says he’s going to run for re-election. It’s been a turbulent few months for Blakely, but that isn’t discouraging him at all. “My mind changed on that a few, couple months back.” That’s what Sheriff Mike Blakely said about his previous decision not run for re-election. Tuesday, Blakely appeared as a guest on Cooper and Company, a public television show based in Athens. “I wish I wouldn’t have burned my signs, […]
ATHENS, Ala. – Scattered showers Saturday didn’t stop people from attending the Athens Grease Festival. The event took place on the downtown square with fun for the entire family. Some came dressed for the occasion in togas. Organizers said the event is always tons of fun, but it also serves a greater purpose. “It really helps bring people into downtown, give them a sense of what Downtown Athens has to offer, and also it gives us funds to do revitalization […]
MADISON, Ala. – A group of dedicated cyclists took one last ride with one of their brothers on Saturday afternoon. “One of the most honest and positive and upbeat people you’ll ever meet in your life,” said Troy Spier of the Alabama Wheelmen. Huntsville Police said a driver, who was under the influence, struck Jose Arturo Zayas on Wall Triana Highway, killing him. The Alabama Wheelmen lead Zayas’ funeral procession, pushing their pedals through the rain. “Today, we honor him […]
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 […]