Help NewsChannel 5 decide on the top story of 2006. Our news team has compiled a list of ten of the biggest stories in Middle Tennessee this year.
Click on the links below for more information about each of the tops stories, and then vote for what you think was the biggest story. Get your vote in by December 15.
We'll broadcast all ten stories in descending order the week before the New Year.
Here's a list of the ten stories, in no particular order, along with a link to more information on each of them:
Perry March Trials: March was convicted for his late wife's murder. He was sentenced to 56 years for second-degree murder; abuse of a corpse; tampering with evidence; conspiracy to murder Janet March's parents, Lawrence and Carolyn Levine; and theft from the Levines. March may be eligible for parole after 30 years.
Tennessee Senate Race: Corker, former mayor of Chattanooga, turned back Ford's effort to become the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction. Corker held the seat for Republicans, succeeding Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.
Sex Offenders at McDonalds: A three-month NewsChannel 5 investigation discovered dozens of sex offenders working under the golden arches - some of them child molesters. Our chief investigative reporter, Phil Williams, uncovered the problem right here in Middle Tennessee and followed it across the country.
Minister's Wife: Mary Winkler received national attention after being accused of killing her husband, preacher Matthew Winkler, in Selmer, Tennessee.
Deadly Twisters: Tornadoes ripped through 20 counties in April, killing at least 11 people and causing over $70 million in damage to homes in Hendersonville, Gallatin and surrounding areas.
Sick Governor: Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen was hospitalized for two weeks after he contracted a mystery illness. Doctors believed his symptoms were a result of a tick bite.
New Symphony Center: Nashville's new Schermerhorn Symphony Center opened in the heart of downtown. The music hall was named after late music director and conductor of the Nashville Symphony, Kenneth Schermerhorn.
Titans Quarterbacks: In one of the most bizzarre exits of an NFL player, the Tennessee Titans traded fan favorite and quarterback star Steve McNair to the Baltimore Ravens. The Titans drafted Vince Young, who was fresh off a National Championship with the University of Texas.
Illegal Immigration: Tennessee communities wrestle with how to deal with the issuea of illegal immigrants.
Tennessee's Death Row: Sedley Alley became just the second person to be executed in Tennessee in 40 years, while Stays of Execution were issued for deathrow inmates Paul Reid, Daryl Holton and Donnie Johnson.