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Top 10 most viewed news stories of 2013

January 5th, 2014 12:00 pm by Staff reports

Top 10 most viewed news stories of 2013

There were a lot of interesting news stories that took place during 2013. Stories that didn't make this list include the Kingsport BMA offering incentives for high-end housing, the prescription drug abuse epidemic, Sullivan North not having bathroom stall doors, Steve Godsey going on a rant during the National Day of Prayer, Sullivan County paying the higest settlement in the county's history, the struggles of Pennington Gap and many more.

The stories that made this list had at least 10,000 page views on our website. Below you will find the top 10 most viewed news stories from 2013. 

1. The flood

The flooding of downtown Kingsport dominated this year's most viewed stories. The breaking news stories and user submitted photos received more views than any other news story on our website. We decided to combine the galleries and stories to make the flood the number one most viewed news story of 2013. Below are links to separate galleries and stories. 


Wednesday evening flooding 7-17-2013

Downtown Kingsport flooded in Market Street area

Severe storm inundates Kingsport, sparks fires in Scott

2. One killed, nine injured in four-vehicle accident involving ambulance

One person was killed and nine people were injured Saturday night after an ambulance carrying a burn patient from Mooresburg to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport struck a vehicle at a Church Hill intersection.

Scene of crash

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3. Lucy Road family loses everything to flood

The Duranso family lives at 509 Lucy Road, one of the hardest hit areas of the flood, according to Leslie Earhart, public information officer for the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

Lucy Road family

Read the rest of the story here.

4. Hawkins deputies treat children to $100 shopping spree

Hawkins County deputies treated 15 children to a shopping spree Saturday afternoon during the first annual “Christmas with a Cop” organized by the HCSO Wives behind the Lines organization.

Cops shopping with kids

Read the rest of the story here.

5. Dump truck plummets off I-26

A dump truck jumped a barrier along Interstate 26 in Kingsport on Thursday morning, plummeting 80 feet off a bridge before landing on the driver’s side in a city park.

Dump truck accident

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6. The magic of Elf on the Shelf

Fred is one of Santa’s many helpers, known as an Elf on the Shelf. He shows up at the Helms’ Gate City, Va., home shortly after Thanksgiving and hangs around, keeping an eye on things, until Christmas.

Elf on the Shelf

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7. Account of fatal Kingsport crash credits other motorists

I have written about heroes helping people before. But I’ve never witnessed it in person. It was truly amazing.

Fatal tractor-trailer crash

Read the rest of the story here.

8. Of One Accord seeks help for family of seven on the verge of homelessness in Rogersville

The power of prayer can’t be underestimated, but it has yet to be determined if that will be enough to help a Rogersville family of seven who are on the verge of becoming homeless.

Horton family

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9. Injured Virginia trooper returns home to family, friends

A Virginia state trooper who was injured in the line of duty received an emotional homecoming Saturday as nearly 1,000 local residents and members of law enforcement gathered at the Gate City High School football field to welcome him back.

Virginia trooper Jamie Lawson

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10. 'If it goes, we're all going to go': Men who rescued crash victims say they don't consider themselves heroes

Flames were shooting in the air and pieces of both cars were spread across the dark pavement. Night had fallen and the only light was coming from the flames.

Joe Erwin, left, and Brian Woliver

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