Action News 5 looks back at the top stories of 2009

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - As 2009 comes to a close, we're taking a look back at the top stories in the Mid-South over the past year.

In no particular order, these are the top stories of 2009, as selected by the Action News 5 staff:

10. Conservative Tennessee lawmaker Paul Stanley admits affair, resigns

In order, these were the top 10 stories viewed by WMCTV.com visitors in the year 2009:

2. Mayors welcome the Dalai Lama to Memphis

3. One child dead, another critically injured in house fire

7. 35,000 still without power in Memphis area (June storms)

9. Tiger football head coach Tommy West fired

Many of these stories continued to develop in the days after they were first reported, and most were followed up with additional stories.

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