Photo courtesy of Flickr Just like a family, country music artists stuck together in the 51st annual Country Music Association Awards, a theme that preeminently stood out at country’s biggest night.  The comforting lyrics of “Amazing Grace” spilled out of Eric Church’s mouth just before the spotlight shifted to Darius Rucker, who was accompanied by …

Photo courtesy of Brooke Kelly Photography Story by Tayhlor Stephenson / Lifestyles Editor Best known as The Tennessean’s country music and celebrities reporter, Cindy Watts, 38, has been writing for nearly 20 years. But stumbling upon a career in music journalism wasn’t something she intentionally set out to do. Nonetheless, Watts has excelled in the …

Photo by Tayhlor Stephenson / MTSU Sidelines Its no secret that new restaurants and shops are taking over Murfreesboro, but few offer such a unique fare as The Soda Bar, which celebrated its ribbon cutting Wednesday night. Tucked inside the city’s hottest date night go-to at the Fountains at Gateway, located on Medical Center Parkway, guests are …

Graphic by Abigail Potter / MTSU Sidelines Transgender: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity differs from the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Bible Belt: an area chiefly in the southern U.S. whose inhabitants are believed to hold uncritical allegiance to the literal accuracy …

Photos by Tayhlor Stephenson / MTSU Sidelines Bell Buckle, Tennessee, is known for its small-town, historic vibe, making it the perfect setting for some of the state’s most popular festivals, including the RC-Moon Pie Festival and the Bell Buckle Craft Fair, which hosted thousands of festival-goers this weekend. At the Bell Buckle Craft Fair, it’s all …

Middle Tennessee State University’s very own sophomore and music business major Kristi Hoopes took her singing talents to Los Angeles on Season 13 of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” The 19-year-old swooned three judges — Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson — with her rendition of Trisha Yearwood’s “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of …