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Behind every tattoo is a story — a memory, a reason, a history or even a bad decision. With her blessing, Sidelines has decided to re-up Journalist in Residence Whitney Matheson’s weekly tattoo feature, Tattoosday.  The series ran on Pop Candy, a pop culture blog she ran for 15 years at USA Today. “Honestly, I …

Photos and story by Jeffrey Harrell/ Contributing writer  “Ding, ding,” the timer sounds, signaling the first batch of blueberry muffins are done. Chantell Kennedy-Shehan resets her timer for another batch. She has two more before she switches to cinnamon rolls. Her iPhone dings again, this time to tell her it’s 5:30 a.m., an hour before …

Elvis Karegeya sits outside the Boutwell Dramatic Arts building on MTSU's campus in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. (MTSU Sidelines/ Olivia Ladd)

Photo by Olivia Ladd / Lifestyles Editor Story by Helen Wilds / Contributing writer Moving is a hassle. Possessions are packed into bulging boxes, which are then loaded onto trailers full of other bulging boxes, each one labeled with its content. Plastic totes are filled to the brim. Backs ache at the strain. Yes, moving …

Morgan Massengill working on The Bobby Bones Show in Nashville, Tenn.

Photo by Payton Comerford/ Contributing photographer By Payton Comerford/ Contributing writer Country radio super star Bobby Bones yells out to his catch-all producer frantically, “Do you have the equipment?” With zero hesitation and complete confidence, show producer Morgan Massengill holds up a helium-filled balloon she bought late the night before. Now that he knows everything’s …

Photo courtesy of Bonnie Tinsley Mother Teresa was canonized as a saint by Pope Francis on Sept. 4.  She is often discussed with mythical admiration; though she’s a part of recent history, very few people in the world met her during her lifetime. Her canonization comes just 19 years after her death. While many question the …

“I didn’t want short stories; I wanted to write a novel,” said award-winning novelist Ann Patchett, the keynote speaker for this year’s Southern Literary Festival. Speaking to the crowded Student Union Ballroom, the Nashville author detailed her personal journey as a writer, from her inspirations, to how she ended up speaking at so many university convocations. People …