Stories that helped WBIR hit 200K Facebook page likes

WBIR 10News' Facebook page has hit 200,000 likes. In honor of the milestone, here's a look at some of the top posts.

Rachel Kinney, WBIR

May 2014: Top Facebook Posts

MTSU player drafted into NFL, UT Wedding and Meteor Shower

May is not even over, but lots of stories have already grabbed your attention on our Facebook page: the MTSU senior who learned he was drafted in the NFL during graduation; an East Tennessee couple who took their love for the Volunteers and each other down the aisle; the never-before-seen meteor shower that could light up the night sky on May 23. Here are several stories that piqued the interest of tens of thousands of people so far this month.

KNOXVILLE NAMED NO. 2 "BEST COLLEGE SPORTS TOWN"

University of Tennessee fans know that Knoxville is filled with Big Orange Pride, but this month a national website also took notice. Knoxville landed the No. 2 spot on Answers.com's ranking of the "10 Best College Sports Towns."

READ THE ARTICLE: Reasons why the Volunteers snagged the No. 2 spot

UT's home beat out all SEC schools, only falling short to Madison, Wis. when it comes to college life.

It was clear, Volunteer fans were thrilled about the news: WBIR 10News' Facebook post from May 8 racked up 2,949 likes and 1,113 people posted the story on their timelines.

MTSU LINEMAN STOPS GRADUATION WITH PICK BY SEAHAWKS

Tens of thousands of people celebrated with Middle Tennessee State defensive lineman Jimmy Staten when he learned he was picked by the Seahawks. The story read like a scene from a movie: Staten learned his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL came true during his college graduation.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider called Staten during the ceremony. About 10 minutes later, news of the lineman's selection reached the main stage, where the MTSU president halted the graduation to share the news.

READ THE ARTICLE: MTSU lineman learns he's drafted into NFL during graduation ceremony

Staten's big moment was a huge hit on the Internet, picked up by websites like CNN.com. On WBIR 10News' Facebook page alone, the post from May 12 snagged 42,501 likes and was shared on 2,832 timelines.

GOBLIN SHARK

A fisherman got quite the surprise when he came face-to-face with one of the rarest and ugliest sharks in the sea - a goblin shark. The shrimp fisherman caught the 18-foot shark on April 30.

READ THE ARTICLE: Rare goblin shark caught off Florida Keys

Two days later, we posted the story on our Facebook page. In all, 2,569 people liked the May 2nd post, and 2,211 of our viewers shared the story on their timelines.

NEW METEOR SHOWER COULD TURN INTO A METEOR STORM

The never-before-seen meteor shower hasn't arrived, but it's already sparking lots of excitement. The Camelopardalid meteor shower will occur for the first time on the night of May 23 and early morning of May 24.

READ THE ARTICLE: Details on the never-before-seen meteor shower

So, how good will it be?

Rich Talcott, senior editor of Astronomy magazine, said "the odds are pretty good we'll get something nice May 24." Thousands of our viewers are hopeful as well: 2,197 people liked the story and 2,977 viewers shared the post from May 16 on their timelines.

ANDERSON COUNTY MOTHER RECEIVES LETTER FROM HER DECEASED SON

A touching story out of Anderson County received national and international attention earlier this month. Right before Mother's Day, a woman from that county got a letter in the mail from her deceased son. Her son, 17-year-old Cameron Sharp, died in a car crash in January 2013.

READ THE ARTICLE: See what Cameron wrote in the letter

When his mother opened the envelope, she found a 30-word letter Cameron wrote when he was a student a Norris Middle School.

WBIR 10News' article was picked up the Daily Mail, and was one of the top stories on wbir.com for several days. Hundreds of people shared Cameron's story on their timelines, and 3,530 people liked the May 18th post.

EAST TENNESSEE COUPLE'S VOL FOOTBALL WEDDING GOES VIRAL

Many couples plan their wedding dates around the University of Tennessee's football schedule, but one took their love for the Volunteers to another level.

Robby and Cherish Lowes of Etowah had a Tennessee-themed wedding at Black Fox Farms in Cleveland. Their pictures have been featured on CBS, ABC, Sportscenter, MSN.com, Bleacher Report and USA Today.

VIDEO & PICTURES: UT fans' Vols-themed wedding goes viral

Thousands of viewers loved the couple's pictures as well on our Facebook page. The post from May 19 received 3,798 likes and 1,033 shares.

VOTE: WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE POST SO FAR IN MAY?

April 2014: Top Facebook Posts

Bunnies get frisky on the WBIR anchor desk and Dolly defends Miley

There were many memorable moments from the month of April. But without a doubt, bunnies getting frisky on the WBIR anchor desk got the biggest reaction on social media. That story along with many others created quite the frenzy on our Facebook page.

FRISKY BUNNIES GO VIRAL AFTER APPEARANCE ON WBIR

Right before Easter, a pair of frisky bunnies went viral thanks to a video that received millions of clicks worldwide. From the TODAY Show to the Daily Times, the bunnies took the Internet by storm, bringing WBIR along for the ride.

MORE : The story behind the bunnies

On WBIR 10News' Facebook page alone, the post from April 18 got 1,811 likes and was shared 1,166 times.

DOLLY PARTON WRITES 'TIME' ARTICLE ON MILEY CYRUS

Dolly Parton got both flack and praise for standing by her goddaughter Miley Cyrus despite controversy surrounding the pop superstar.

Time included Miley in its "100 Most Influential People" list for 2014, and Parton wrote the article on her famous goddaughter. The Grammy winner wrote that she doesn't think Miley should be so drastic but she'll "respect her choices."

MORE: Read Dolly's 'Time' article on Miley

Any story that has to do with East Tennessee's songbird typically does well on our Facebook page, but the April 25th post blew up. In all, 28,317 people liked the post, and 587 viewers shared the article on their timelines.

SENATE VOTES FOR OPEN GUN CARRY WITHOUT PERMIT

A bill that sought to allow Tennesseans to openly carry firearms in public without permits sparked lots of debate within the Tennessee General Assembly and our Facebook page.

The bill tried to eliminate the state's background and training requirements for openly carrying guns in public, but would have kept the permit rules in place for concealed firearms.

READ THE ARTICLE : Senate votes for open gun carry without permit

When the Senate passed the bill, WBIR 10News' Facebook post from April 8 exploded with 8,319 shares and 3,727 likes.

FOLLOW UP: Open gun carry bill defeated in Tenn. House panel

But in the end, the House Finance Subcommittee voted 10-1 against the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss of Jonesborough.

WHO'S STEALING TOYS FROM A TODDLER'S GRAVE

When this story was posted on WBIR 10News' Facebook page on April 24, it received a big outcry from viewers. In all, 1,558 people shared the article posted on our Facebook page.

READ THE STORY: What police say the woman took from the grave

Police in Ohio said the woman seen in the picture to the right was stealing toys from a 13-month-old baby's grave. Hayden "Tank" Cole Sheridan died in 2007, and officials said someone had been stealing toys and solar lights from the grave ever since.

AWESOME ALIGNMENT: MARS, EARTH, SUN LINE UP

On April 8, 2014, Mars, Earth and the sun aligned in a nearly-straight line.

That night, Mars was almost 10 times brighter than the brightest star in the sky and burned a bright orange color.

READ ARTICLE: The night Mars burned brightly in the sky

Lots of viewers shared their excitement on the WBIR 10News Facebook page. The post scooped up 2,878 likes and 5,928 shares.

TENNESSEE WILL CRIMINALIZE MOMS USING DRUGS WHILE PREGNANT

This story also sparked lots of debate among our viewers. Law enforcement in Tennessee is now allowed to criminally charge women, who use drugs while pregnant, for any harm done to their infants.

FULL STORY: Tenn. will criminalize moms using drugs while pregnant

Gov. Bill Haslam received lots of praise and criticism when he signed the measure. The divide was apparent on the WBIR 10News Facebook page as well. The April 29th post was shared 5,963 times and 13,708 people liked the article.

BOY RELEASED BY KIDNAPPER AFTER SINGING GOSPEL MUSIC

The April 23rd post about the young boy received 1,285 shares and 5,326 likes on our Facebook page.

MORE: Read about Willie Myrick's inspirational courage

Police said a man kidnapped then 9-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. He allegedly drove the boy around for some time before dropping him off unharmed. Willie said he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man let him go.

VOTE: WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE POST IN APRIL?

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March 2014: Top Facebook Posts

Will McKamey passes away, Malaysia Airlines flight disappears, Mummified twins found in Chattanooga

Bizarre is one word to describe news during the month of March. The mystery behind what caused twins to die in an East Tennessee home and the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 continues leaving people guessing months later.

WHAT CAUSED TWINS TO DIE IN EAST TENNESSEE HOME STILL A MYSTERY

What caused twins to die in their recliners inside their house is still a mystery, according to Chattanooga police.

READ STORY: Mystery unsolved behind Chattanooga twins' deaths

An autopsy confirmed skeletal remains found in a Chattanooga home belonged to the identical twins, but it's still unclear how they died. Their bodies had been sitting there for more than three years until they were discovered March 30, 2014.

Chattanooga police said the twins passed away in early 2011 based on the bodies' conditions, a receipt and a mostly unused 12-pack of Coke sitting on the kitchen counter.

The bizarre story led to many questions that still remain unanswered. The March 31st post was shared on 2,387 people's timelines.

DISAPPEARANCE OF MALAYSIA FLIGHT 370

Months after Malaysia Flight 370 vanished, debris from the plane has yet to be found. The strange disappearance sparked many theories as to what happened, capturing interest around the world.

MORE: 6 theories on what happened to Malaysia Flight 370

Thousand of miles away from the Indian Ocean, people in East Tennessee debated theories and offered support on WBIR 10News' Facebook page. The March 14th post about the missing plane was liked 4,209 times and shared on 2,835 timelines.

Hopefully soon the Malaysian government and a satellite company, which helped track the missing plane, will release raw data that led officials to focus on a remote section of the Indian Ocean.

WILL MCKAMEY PASSES AWAY FROM BRAIN INJURY

When Will McKamey passed away from a brain injury, support for his family swept social media. McKamey was a Grace Christian Academy graduate who played for the Naval Academy.

MORE : Will McKamey passes away from brain injury

His death came three days after he collapsed during a spring football practice for Navy.

Friends, family, teammates, classmates and East Tennesseans were overwhelmed by the news. People shared their support for the McKamey family thousands of times on WBIR 10News' Facebook page. One post alone had 1,146 shares and 2,333 likes. On Twitter, #livelikewill trended nationally, as people shared stories about Will and the lives he touched.

GIRL'S ACT OF COMPASSION VIOLATES SCHOOL DRESS CODE

A Colorado school generated lots of controversy after it didn't allow an 11-year-old, who shaved her head to support a friend battling cancer, into class. School officials said her "gesture of solidarity" violated dress code.

READ THE ARTICLE: Girl's act of compassion violates school dress code

News about Caprock Academy's decision made it all the way to East Tennessee. On WBIR 10News' Facebook page, 1,111 people shared the March 25th post and 1,163 people liked it as well.

Despite the backlash, the school stood by its dress code policy, but allowed the girl to return to school a week later.

WBIR 10NEWS ANCHOR ABBY HAM IS HAVING A BABY

When viewers learned Abby Ham was pregnant with her second child, they congratulated her by the thousands on WBIR 10News' Facebook page.

PICTURES: WBIR anchor Abby Ham is having a boy!

In May, Abby revealed that she was pregnant with a baby boy.

VOTE: WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE POST IN MARCH?

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February 2014: Top Facebook Posts

Paula Deen will open Pigeon Forge restaurant, Lawmakers pass "Merry Christmas" bill, Snake-handling pastor dies from snakebite

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, there was plenty of news to share and post on Facebook. Here are several stories that grabbed tens of thousands of people's attention that month.

SNAKE-HANDLING PASTOR, REALITY STAR DIES FROM SNAKEBITE

Kentucky Pastor Jamie Coots died from a snakebite on Saturday, Feb. 15, according to officials and family members.

Coots started on the reality show "Snake Salvation" alongside Pastor Andrew Hamblin of LaFollette. The National Geographic show profiled the Pentecostal, serpent-handling preachers' fight to keep their religious traditions alive.

MORE: Snake-handling pastor, reality star dies from snakebite

The pastor died a little less than a year after he pleaded guilty to violating Tennessee's exotic animals law.

On WBIR 10News' Facebook, 1,810 people shared news of Coots' death on their timelines.

BILLS INSPIRED BY CHANNON CHRISTIAN AND CHRIS NEWSOM

Lawmakers approved two bills honoring the legacies of a Knox County couple who were kidnapped and brutally murdered seven years ago.

The families of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian worked with lawmakers to create legislation aimed at making changes to the justice system.

The Chris Newsom Law did away with the state's 13th juror rule, which requires a judge to validate a jury verdict by signing a document. The Channon Christian Law prevents evidence or allegations of previous behavior that could call into question the character of a victim, defendant, witness or third-party.

MORE: Senate passes laws inspired by Channon Christian, Chris Newsom

When the Senate passed both bills on February 20, viewers shared our Facebook post 2,024 times, and 6,083 people liked the article. A month later, House lawmakers unanimously passed both bills as well.

MORE: House unanimously passes Christian-Newsom bills

TENNESSEE LAWMAKERS PASS 'MERRY CHRISTMAS' BILL

The so-called "Merry Christmas" bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville, received lots of support from viewers on our Facebook page. The February 25th post was shared 1,221 times and received 7,434 likes.

MORE: "Merry Christmas" bill details

Both the House and the Senate passed the measure to protect schools from lawsuits if they allow traditional winter celebrations or religious displays like the Nativity, menorahs or Christmas trees in school. The law only protects schools if they also include images from at least two religions or one religion and one secular decoration.

Traditional greetings like "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah" are also protected under the bill

PAULA DEEN TO OPEN PIGEON FORGE RESTAURANT

Thousands of people liked the February 26th post reporting Paula Deen's plans to open a new restaurant in Pigeon Forge in the summer of 2014.

READ THE ARTICLE: 'Paula Deen's Family Kitchen' coming to Pigeon Forge

Her company announced in February that it plans to open a new restaurant and retail store at the Island in Pigeon Forge.

RELATED: Paula Deen retail store coming to Gatlinburg

"Paula Deen's Family Kitchen" has a projected design, construction and yearly operation of nearly $20 million.

BEST NURSE AWARD

A nurse at the University of Tennessee Medical Center melted viewers' hearts when she helped a 4-year-old girl make a snowman in her hospital room.

READ THE ARTICLE: Nurse helps 4-year-old make snowman in hospital room

Haleigh Dunn was in the hospital recovering from a car accident when a heavy snow blanketed East Tennessee. But instead of going outside - outside came to Haleigh, thanks to her nurse, Lisa Holt. Holt brought snow to the young girl's room, and together they built a snowman that got lots of attention: 10,718 likes and 1,171 shares.

VOTE: WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE POST IN FEBRUARY?

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January 2014: Top Facebook Posts

Massive Atlanta snowstorm, pillar lights and winter wonderland

Snow, plunging temperatures were commonplace this past winter. January was full of surprises for the Deep South, causing problems for many cities, including Atlanta.

RARE WINTER STORM TAKES ATLANTA BY SURPRISE

A rare, wet winter storm barreled through the Deep South on Tuesday, January 28, blasting snow and ice onto the region. Two to three inches of snow fell in Atlanta, creating a debacle that drew lots of attention: WBIR 10News' post about the situation was shared on 2,060 timelines and liked 1,333 times.

Officials warned drivers to say off the icy roads expect for emergencies: about 940 wrecks with more than 100 injuries were reported in one day alone. Georgia's National Guard sent military Humvees onto Atlanta's interstates to help people stranded in their vehicles. Some students in the metro area were even forced to spend the night at school because of the treacherous road conditions.

READ THE ARTICLE: Rare snow, ice shock the South

Hundreds of wrecks tied up roads from Georgia to Texas, killing two people in Alabama that Tuesday. The winter storm also created dangerous conditions on East Tennessee roads, forcing many school districts, including Knox County, to close the following day.

SURGEON WALKED 6 MILES IN ALABAMA STORM TO PERFORM EMERGENCY BRAIN SURGERY

Thousands of viewers were impressed by an Alabama surgeon's dedication to his job. The January 31st post was shared on 1,310 timelines and received 5,791 likes.

Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was needed for an emergency brain surgery at a Birmingham hospital, but he was six miles away at another hospital. But traffic was at a standstill as a winter storm blew through the area, so Hrynkiw decided to walk to that hospital despite the 20-degree weather.

"He had a 90 percent chance of death," said Hrynkiw. "If he didn't have the surgery, he'd be dead. It's not going to happen on my shift."

READ THE ARTICLE: Surgeon walked 6 miles in Alabama storm to operating room

Thanks to Hrynkiw's determination, the patient is doing well.

SNOW DAY IN EAST TENNESSEE (1/29/14)

Even though the winter storm caused some issues on roads, the blanket of snow left behind in East Tennessee made for some spectacular pictures.

PICTURES: East Tennessee transforms into a winter wonderland

Viewers shared pictures of the covered landscape on our Facebook page and Twitter accounts, which we put into a gallery. The beautiful shots captivated thousands of people, totaling 1,103 shares and 7,083 likes.

PILLAR LIGHTS DAZZLE WEST KNOXVILLE

Some people in East Tennessee saw a fairly rare sight in the night sky on Jan., 28, 2014.

VIDEO: What causes pillar lights?

A viewer sent us a picture of the pillar lights glowing above West Knoxville. Elena Ganusova's picture sparked lots of questions, inspiring meteorologist Todd Howell to focus on what causes pillar lights in that week's "Ask Todd."

In all, 5,132 people liked the post and 1,865 people shared it on their timelines.

VOTE: WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE POST IN JANUARY?

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Stories that helped WBIR hit 200K Facebook page likes

WBIR 10News' Facebook page has hit 200,000 likes. In honor of the milestone, here's a look at some of the top posts.