Most read stories on knoxnews in 2015

A CSX train burns on Thursday, July 2, 2015, after it derailed near Old Mount Tabor Road in Blount County overnight. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

A CSX train burns on Thursday, July 2, 2015, after it derailed near Old Mount Tabor Road in Blount County overnight. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

The Top 10 most read stories on knoxnews during 2015.

1. Free iced coffee March 9 compliments of Dunkin’ Donuts

2. TRAIN UPDATE: Fire extinguished at 7 p.m. (had various headlines as story developed)

3. Idling your car to warm it up? Don’t for too long, and here’s why

4. Questions abound in shotgun slaying of 8-year-old girl

5. FBI: Kidnappings may be related

6. UT fires Donnie Tyndall after one season

7. Freezing rain, sleet expected today

8. This year’s Boomsday will be the last

9. Horror of Christian/Newsom killings in focus: What happened on Chipman Street

10. Driver’s tip leads to Knoxville father’s arrest in Ohio; child safe

Full access to knoxnews for the summer

We’re currently doing a promotion called “Surf all summer! Get full access to all content for a limited time.”

You may have noticed that phrase on many of our Facebook posts.

This means whether you are subscriber or not, you can read all the articles on Comments are restricted to subscribers.

Market Square Webcam is back live

The Market Square Webcam is back online.

The webcam was taken out of service when we transitioned to a new hosting environment late last summer and was languishing on our to-do list for months. We found some time in recent weeks to build a new home for it.

The webcam is located at the Knoxville Chamber offices is a joint project of the News Sentinel and Chamber.

Change in comments coming

Facebook comments

Sometime mid-Monday morning, we’ll be implementing Facebook comments on

We already use Facebook to post comments here on and a large number of our users are on Facebook and familiar with how Facebook comments work.

The decision to change comments systems came, however, because our current comment technology vendor is going out of business and we needed a replacement. solution.

Here’s a link to the frequently asked questions page for the new comments.

Enter our Big Ears Festival giveaway

Big Ears Featival 2015

Want to win tickets to one of the coolest events in Knoxville and hear some of the most acclaimed artists in the world? Go Knoxville and the News Sentinel is giving away tickets to the 2015 Big Ears Festival where you can see Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet, Swans and an array of some of the world’s most cutting edge artists.

The winner will receive two tickets to the Big Ears Festival, which will be held Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29, at various venues in downtown Knoxville.

To enter visit the Go Knoxville Facebook page or the News Sentinel Facebook page and click the “contests” button and follow the instructions. There is a limit of one entry per person and only legal U.S. residents, 18 and older. The contest is only open to residents living in the following counties: Anderson, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, McMinn, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Union, Washington, and, Bell and Harlan Counties in Kentucky.

Individuals who have won prizes from promotions sponsored by the Knoxville News Sentinel in the past 90 days are not eligible, nor are employees of Scripps Media or AC Entertainment.

The sweepstakes began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 6, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on March 20 and the winner will be contacted by e-mail. The winner must pick up his or her prize by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at The News Sentinel offices, 2332 News Sentinel, Drive, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.