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Knoxnews is No. 1 in local website market share

The News Sentinel’s Knoxnews website saw dramatic increases in its unique users and page views in November primarily driven by its coverage of the Sevier County fires.

Building on a trend over the past several months, Knoxnews saw strong increases in unique users and page views, becoming No. 1 in the local market with a 35 percent market share of unique users, according to comScore Media Metrix data.

WATE was No.2 and once dominant market leader WBIR dropped to No. 3. WVLT is No. 4, according to comScore numbers.

In terms of engagement, jumped to 43 percent market share in November, well ahead of WBIR, WATE and Local8Now (WVLT). Users spent nearly 30 million minutes on the site during November.

“Bringing the latest information to people in East Tennessee, and across the country, is especially vital when a news event as significant as the Gatlinburg fire occurs,” said News Sentinel Editor Jack McElroy. “We are proud to be doing our part and that readers are responding.”

In April, the News Sentinel became part of Gannett and is part of the USA TODAY NETWORK’s 109 local news sites and USA TODAY. It went into Gannett’s digital platform in early October and launched a new website design.

The USA TODAY NETWORK hit a new milestone in November, with 122.4 million unique visitors for the month and ranked No. 3 in comScore Media Metrix’s “News/Information” category, according to a company news release.

The NETWORK’s digital growth can be attributed to the election coverage by USA TODAY and its 109 local properties, including several in key battleground states, the release said.

Additionally, the NETWORK experienced record-breaking readership on Election Day, while also running exclusive “closing arguments” from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Nov. 7.

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.

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.