Good goobly, will this year ever end? Almost there... and we have just enough time for yet another "year in review" list: metropulse.com's most popular stories from 2009.
1. UT Professor Considers Legal Action Over Use Of Charles Darwin Bio: This Citybeat article by Rikki Hall was linked in atheist/evolution blogs around the world. It even got an entertaining comment from an embarrassed New Zealander.
2. Kiffin Needs Adult Supervision: This Frank Cagle column apparently was not very popular with Vol fans--but they had to click on it to vent their outrage, right?
3. Knoxville's Own Demolition Derby: Our photo story on the Hard Knox Roller Girls got more attention for its 500-word intro by Charles Maldonado than the actual photos. Again, not very popular with fans; it probably got the most comments of anything we ran this year as roller derby players from around the country piled on to voice their disgust over our tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the sport's more "brutal" aspects.
4. Ganesh is the remover of obstacles: This Chris Barrett post on The Daily Pulse is about the Portland 555 motorcycle group that rode into town last summer. Not about Ganesh, per se. I'm thinking of new ways to incorporate "Ganesh" into all our future headlines.
5. The Best Knoxville Band Ever: Our survey sparked much debate among local music fans and musicians, but in a good way.
The next five are on the jump!
6. Knoxville's Green House Effect: This 2008 Chris Barrett cover story looking at local efforts to design energy efficient houses got a lot of architectural-blog links since it featured the popular iHouse prototype by Clayton Homes.
7. Bonnaroo by the Numbers: This 2008 article by Matthew Everett counted up every statistic he could find on Tennessee's jumbo-sized music festival.
8. The Cult of Forensics Expert Dr. Bill Bass: Dr. Bass isn't exactly lacking in local media attention, but Rose Kennedy took a look at not only how he became the nation's most famous forensic scientist, but also at the curious followers he developed with his series of co-written mysteries.
9. Lincoln Cred: Jack Neely always manages to uncover unlikely connections in Knoxville's past, and this particular Secret History column finds some surprising Abraham Lincoln-Knoxville factoids.
10. Civil Rights Fighters: Knoxville doesn't often get a lot of attention in history books about the Civil Rights era, but it had its own brave activists fighting noteworthy local battles. Rose Kennedy interviewed four who were on the front lines, and assembled the interviews into compelling oral histories of a very different time.