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.
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. […]
DECATUR, Ala. – Senate hopeful and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville made a stop in Decatur Thursday morning. He toured a business incubator known as the Entrepreneurial Center. The building, which hosts many startups and offices, gave Tuberville a peek into daily operations of many independent businesses. The candidate said the visit reinforced the importance of making sure young people have workforce options because college isn’t for everyone. “You go, you build friends, but you get out, you get in […]
DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur police say warm weather brings out thieves each and every year. “Usually this time of year we can expect to have a rise in burglaries and breaking and entering to vehicles,” explained Sergeant Justin Lyon of the Decatur Police Department. “That’s typically something we expect to see elevated in the summer months than we do in the winter months.” But summer is winding down and young people are going back to school. Police said the start […]
HARTSELLE, Ala. – Back to school shopping can add up pretty quickly. And the reality is that some parents are forced to prioritize buying clothes and school supplies over food for their children. Hartselle pastor and director of Feeding Families Alabama, E’dee Grun has converted Mt. Tabor Church into a food bank that serves people from all over the state. Her shelves are running a little scarce as of late, as she says many parents have come to her for help. […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A woman charged with torture or willful abuse of a child faced a judge or the first time Wednesday. Brianna Lachelle Robinson turned herself in back in May but according to Madison County Jail records, she bonded out 3 hours later. The only witness who took the stand was a Madison Police Department detective. He testified the victim, in this case, is a boy under the age of 10 who is on the autism spectrum. At […]
ATHENS, Ala. – It is back to school week in North Alabama. In Athens, a big change this year. Athens Bible School was founded in 1943. Classes have taken place in the same building since that time. But that will change in just a few days. Athens Bible School students are preparing to start classes in a brand new building on Thursday. On Tuesday, students past and present marched from the old campus to the new one on US 31 […]
DECATUR, Ala – A neighborhood is recovering after a car ran into an apartment building over the weekend. Decatur Police Department investigated the matter and deemed it an accident. Witnesses said a woman driving an SUV drove into a vacant unit on Saturday afternoon. The crash took the stairs off the building, trapping two families upstairs. Belvia Matthews, the owner and landlord of the rental property, said everyone was safe but she had to find her tenants some shelter. “It’s […]
DECATUR, Ala. – An ordinance that would impact when alcohol can be sold will be introduced at the Decatur city council meeting Monday evening. “We went to the planning commission, they heard our voices, and they’re now presenting it to the city council and we’re looking forward to a positive vote,” explained Christy Wheat, owner of Josie’s and Simp McGhee’s in Decatur. Wheat said allowing earlier sales on Sundays would not only benefit businesses, it would also make customers happier. […]
ATHENS, Ala. – The hallways of East Limestone High School will be full of students come Monday morning. Faculty and staff are excited to welcome students back, but their journey to school might be a little challenging because of unfinished construction. The principal said he’s remaining optimistic. “It shouldn’t cause a problem at all. We encourage all parents as usual at the beginning of the school year, there may be a few issues with traffic but we do encourage them […]
ATHENS, Ala. – You might be storing old paint, gasoline, or expired cleaning products in your garage. But it may not be because you’re hoarding, you just don’t know what to do with them. The Executive Coordinator of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful said she had a very necessary proposal at the most recent Limestone County Commission meeting: To create an event that would allow residents to properly dispose of hazardous materials. “We haven’t had one since 2008,” Lynne Hart explained. “That […]
HARTSELLE, Ala. – With classes starting in just a few weeks, more teens will be on the roads during peak travel times. Hartselle High School offers a driver’s education course for students. The instructor, Tim Miller, said the courses are dying off in the state. But the importance of driver’s safety remains at an all-time high. “Our goal is to put them in situations or talk about situations while their driving, or that may occur while they’re driving so they’ll […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Madison County first responders say they are having trouble finding those that call for their help along some outer lying county roads. Some homes sit several feet off these county roads making it more difficult for responders to determine your location. Madison County Sheriff’s Office said one solution is simple. “We would recommend that you have reflective numbers on your mailboxes, on both sides of them. So whatever direction we approach from, we can see those […]