As we finished 2016, our second full calendar year in operation, we took stock of where we are and how far we’ve come at AntiochTenn.com.
On the very first day of AntiochTenn.com, back in November, 2014, we had two visitors. The next day we had one visitor, so I assumed my wife was busy at work that day. Since, we’ve grown steadily, reaching some 25,000 readers – about 95 percent of them from Antioch and South Nashville – each month. That is an astonishing 44 percent growth in traffic.
Here’s a great and interesting number: in 2016, 2,237 stories, photos, events, venues, etc. were published on AntiochTenn.com.
I want to say thank you to our loyal readers and advertisers. Without them, what we do would not be possible and we are very grateful.
As we say Happy New Year and direct our focus on 2017, let’s take a look back at the 15 most viewed stories/articles/photos out of more than 2,000, in 2016. Click on the italicized link to see the story.
We need more people like Marcus Menesse working in Antioch and this story illustrates why.
This was a contentious issue and the community fought hard to stop the jail relocation. This story focused on who didn’t attend important meetings.
There were plenty of questions about Conn’s HomePlus, but most people were delighted to see businesses moving into the shopping center that used to house Target.
Routine crime story. Sadly, crime stories receive heavy readership.
The highlight of this story is the local private school investing heavily, reinforcing its place and commitment in the heart of Antioch.
It was Ollie’s, which has become a very popular store.
This was the most-viewed photo gallery of the year and merely featured store fronts and
signs from businesses moving to the area.
We think the world of Principal Celia Conley and apparently a lot of folks in Antioch were curious what she was bringing to the table at Antioch Middle.
Another routine crime story.
A terrible alcohol-fueled accident with horrid consequences.
This July story was by far our most read church-focused story for 2016 as the community welcomed a new pastor to the area.
Council Member Tanaka Vercher held a series of meetings regarding some proposed transitional housing in Antioch. And the community turned out in a big way.
Dr. Rummage had been synonymous with Ezell-Harding Christian School and his departure clocked in at our most read education story for 2016.
We’re not sure why this story resonated with the community. Most weeks, we publish a short piece on the excellent work of Metro’s detectives in Antioch, and for some reason, this story garnered a lot of attention, even though it was nowhere near the largest numbers of arrests nor the largest seizure.
The popularity of this story, which published in January and was read by 1,000 more people than the second-most read story of the year, emphasized the anticipation and excitement of the Century Farms Development, which will likely redefine Antioch in a positive way.
Enjoy these photos from 2016:
Cory Harkins (right) receives an award from Ms. Nossi Vatandoost, President of Nossi College of Art during the Spring Semester Award Show. Photo by Karlie Fuerst. Published May 2016