School Delays across the Tennessee Valley

Lisa Screws is the assignment manager for WHNT News 19. She grew up in Arab, Alabama and is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama.

Lisa has worked as a news producer for 25 years in markets in Birmingham, Richmond, and Huntsville.

Lisa also has experience teaching broadcasting classes at the high school and college level.

She has a daughter who is also a Bama grad and now works in the Athletic Department there.

Lisa has two rambunctious dogs who provide lots of entertainment.

Recent Articles
  • Memphis Zoo Delivers Rare Baby Orangutan

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Zoo keepers in Memphis are celebrating a rare birth. They delivered via Cesarean section a highly endangered baby Sumatran orangutan. A human obstetrician performed the C-section, with assistance from the veterinarian and animal care staff from the zoo. The baby boy is doing well and is being cared for by his mother Jahe. C-sections on orangutans are rare, and Jahe and her baby will be only the 9th in the world to survive such a delivery. A […]

  • Hartselle man charged with threatening police officers

    HARTSELLE, Ala. – Police have one man in custody charged with making a terrorist threat. Investigators say 53-year-old John Compton called the police department and made a verbal threat against officers Monday.  He was taken into custody at his home on Barkley Bridge Road Southwest. Compton was booked into the Morgan County Jail under a $500,000 bond.

  • Athens Police Investigate Bank Robbery

    ATHENS, Ala. – Athens Police say two men are charged in connection to a bank robbery this morning. It happened at the Regions Bank on Highway 72.  Witnesses told police they saw a man walk from the bank and get into a waiting van.  Officers spotted the van a short time later, and tried to pull over the driver before he sped off.  Police say a passenger jumped from the van and ran, but was captured near Lincoln Street in Tanner. […]

  • Gadsden grandmother of girl run to death on life support

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Gadsden woman found guilty of running her granddaughter to death has reportedly suffered a massive heart attack. Attorneys for Joyce Garrard say she is on life support after a heart attack on Sunday and is not likely to recover.  They say the 50-year-old has a history of cardiac problems. She was found guilty in the death of her 9-year-old granddaughter Savannah Hardin in 2012.  Prosecutors say Garrard made the little girl run as punishment for lying […]

  • Utilities Work Closes Wall Triana Highway for 2 Weeks

    MADISON, Ala. – More traffic headaches for Madison drivers.  A stretch of Wall Triana Highway is being closed for utility work.  Madison Utilities is repairing the wastewater main and manhole covers, starting Monday, February 8.  Wall Triana will be closed to traffic from Eastview Drive to Brownsferry Road. The construction work is expected to take 2 weeks.  A detour route will be provided, and drivers are encouraged to use caution while in the area.

  • Marshall County Man Killed in Sunday Wreck

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A Boaz man has died in a weekend wreck in Marshall county.  State Troopers say 40-year-old Tony Ray Dabbs was killed at 6:45pm Sunday evening.  The wreck happened on Oneonta Cut Off Road, about 2 miles south of Guntersville.  Investigators say Dabbs’ vehicle left the road and overturned and he was ejected.  Dabbs was pronounced dead at the scene.  Troopers continue to investigate a cause for the crash.

  • Grants Awarded to Study Healthy Baby Sleep Habits

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama agencies are getting grant money to try and reduce sleep-related infant deaths.  The National Institutes of Health is giving more than 30 state agencies $47,000 to study sudden unexplained infant deaths.  303 babies died between 2012 and 2014 due to things like accidental suffocation, entrapment in bedding or overheating.  Research indicates babies’ sleep practices in Alabama are influenced by social, environmental, and cultural norms and racial inequalities prevent some babies from having a healthy start in […]

  • Huntsville man indicted for sexual abuse of a minor on Redstone Arsenal

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury has returned sexual abuse indictments against a Huntsville man. William Maurice Patterson is charged with 4 counts of engaging in a sexual act with a girl who was between 12 and 16 years old.  The indictment alleges the abuse took place between July 1, 2015 and January 4, 2016 within the Redstone Arsenal jurisdiction. The FBI investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Stuart Burrell is prosecuting.

  • Two Men Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury has returned child porn indictments on 2 north Alabama men.  46-year-old Frank Dewayne Kelley of DeKalb county and 36-year-old James Keith Stewart of Cullman county are charged with receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography.  The indictments were announced by U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and investigators with Homeland Security.  Stewart is also serving time for a 2013 conviction in Chilton county for sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.  The maximum penalty […]

  • Tragedy Strikes Jimmy Carter Family

    PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter died over the weekend.  The Fayette County coroner is still investigating a cause of death for the 28-year-old.  The state medical examiner’s office is assisting in the investigation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that President Carter told his church in Plains his grandson had reported not feeling well Saturday night and went to take a nap at his family’s home in Peachtree City.  His family found him dead soon […]

  • City of Madison Christmas parade begins at 5:30pm, part of Hughes Road to be blocked

    (MADISON, Ala.) – The city of Madison’s Christmas parade will be taking to the streets Saturday evening at 5:30p.m.  You may want to plan accordingly if you have plans to travel downtown Saturday evening.  Specifically, it will impact traffic along Hughes Road. Madison Police officers will be directing traffic .  City officials ask that you please watch for them and cooperate with their direction. Stay safe Madison and enjoy the parade! Here’s the city’s official news release: Advisory: Reminder: Madison Christmas […]

  • Huntsville Police release pictures of neighborhood burglary suspect

    (HUNTSVILLE, Ala.) – Police are looking for a suspect in connection to two burglaries at Huntsville homes.  Both happened over the weekend in the Lake Forest neighborhood, which is off Martin Road, near Zierdt Road in far southwest Huntsville. Police have released photos of the suspect, and believe someone will be able to identify him through his body and stance, as well as distinctive pictures of his shoes and computer-style bag. If you recognize the man, please call Huntsville Police […]

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