Ty Watwood is excited to be to be a member of the WHNT News 19 family. He joined the staff in December 2010 as Executive Producer of WHNT News 19 This Morning. Ty is a lifelong resident of Cullman County, and a graduate of Wallace State College in Hanceville and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He and his family pull for the Crimson Tide!
Before WHNT News 19, Ty worked as a producer for 4 years at FOX6 in Birmingham, and 2 years at NBC13 in Birmingham. While in college, he interned at WHNT News 19.
Ty has been happily married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 6 years. They have an 18 month-old daughter, Madeline. Her favorite show? WHNT News 19 This Morning of course! Otherwise, it has to be Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Ty and his family are members of Hanceville First United Methodist Church, where Ty currently serves as lay leader.
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about WHNT News 19 This morning, send Ty an email. He loves to hear from WHNT News 19 viewers.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Police are investigating a robbery that sent one man to the hospital. It happened just after 6:00 a.m. at a home on Seminole Drive, just south of Governors Drive. Police say two men drove up and told a man standing in front of his house that they wanted money. When the victim did not comply, the robbers pistol whipped the victim and fired several shots, some of which struck a vehicle and a house. HEMSI paramedics […]
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The cause of a house fire on McLemore Circle is under investigation. The fire began just before 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, eventually destroying the home. Volunteer firefighters from East Limestone and Segers responded to find a large portion of the home already in ruins. According to officials, the fire appeared to be contained to the garage and second story, so crews went up on the roof to put out hot spots. But, crews had to quickly […]
CULLMAN, Ala. (WHNT) – Police have identified the two men who died in an apparent murder-suicide. It happened just after 8:00 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of 3rd Street SW, which is about a block from West Elementary School in Cullman. Police say David Eugene Abney, 42, of Cullman was found shot to death in the front yard of the home. The man suspected of shooting him was Terry Glen Bailey, 54, of Cullman. “They had been friends at […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Checkers fast food restaurant on University Drive caught fire Tuesday morning. A HEMSI supervisor was passing by the restaurant just before 2:00 a.m. and noticed smoke and flames coming from the roof. Investigators say the fire was in the grease vents. According to firefighters, the roof is heavily damaged but the inside of the restaurant only has smoke damage. Checkers is closed until repairs can be made.
DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — State Senator Arthur Orr, a Republican from Decatur, announced Monday his plans to seek a third term to Alabama’s 3rd senate district. Orr serves as chairman of the Senate General Fund Budget Committee. He was first elected to the senate in 2006. “Since 2010, Alabama’s unemployment rate has dropped, we have implemented more than $700 million in spending cuts in state government, and we have worked each year to pass laws that make our government operations […]
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California (CNN) — A northern California wildfire grew to historic proportions early Monday, becoming the 14th largest in state history. The sprawling Rim Fire, which has devoured nearly 144,000 acres, has scorched an area about the size of the city of Chicago while more than 3,400 firefighters try to rein it in. Susan Loesch and Curtis Evans just started settling into their second home in California’s Sierra foothills a few months ago. Now, they’re worried it could […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Police are investigating a Wednesday morning home invasion in the 200 block of South Plymouth Road. The suspects stole two couches and a television. It happened just before 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. According to the resident, two men were at the front door claiming to be police. They kicked in the door and threatened the victim with a knife. He ran to a neighbor’s home and called police. When the victim returned home, he noticed the couches […]
DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The case of a 16-year-old suspected gang member charged with murder is going to a grand jury. Elias Nava was in court in Decatur Tuesday morning. Decatur Police say Nava confessed to firing several shots from a rifle. The shooting happened during a feud between what police say was between two rival gangs. Jim Uriostegui, 18, was killed. Decatur Police Captain George Silvestri testified at Nava’s hearing. Silvestri said officers developed Nava as a suspect early on, […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Entrepreneur Magazine has named Huntsville number 14 among the top 25 cities in the U.S. for high tech startups. The magazine based its findings on the idea that tech startups are new businesses with a concentration of employees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The accomplishment came as no surprise to Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “We brand ourselves as a smart city, where technology marries engineering to provide a vibrant, progressive economy,” said […]
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CNN/WHNT) — The pilot and co-pilot of a UPS cargo plane did not issue a distress call prior to crashing while on approach Wednesday to Birmingham’s airport, a National Transportation Safety Board official said. While UPS said the status of its crew remained unconfirmed, Birmingham Airport Authority Chairwoman Gaynell Hendricks and the city’s mayor confirmed the pilot and co-pilot died in the crash. Lynchburg, Tennessee native Shanda Fanning was one of the pilots who died. The name of the […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Police make an arrest following a Tuesday night shootout at an apartment complex. Huntsville Police were called just before 11:00 p.m. Tuesday to the Westlake Apartments, just off Sparkman Drive. According to police, men were shooting at one another outside. Everyone left by the the time police arrived. But, investigators found several bullet holes in the buildings. Shots were fired from the parking lot as well as from inside an apartment, according to authorities. No one […]