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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 …

Photos and story by Victoria Leuang / Contributing Writer No Baked Cookie Dough is the first edible cookie dough shop to open in Nashville, and Belmont-graduate Megan Beaven cut the ribbon Saturday morning.  The grand opening of the shop — which follows the regular pop-up shops Beaven hosted before opening a storefront — introduced customers …

Photo and story by Wendy Anderson / Contributing Writer At the age of only 25, Zac Woodward’s resume already includes acting in “The Hunger Games” and modeling for Nashville Fashion Week and Abercrombie. His time, learning and involvement in the Department of Recording Industry at MTSU prepared him for the professional world. When he was …

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 …

Photo by Rachael Anne Keisling / MTSU Sidelines Story by Katrina Johnson / Contributing Writer It’s the time of year when Mother Nature puts on a show of color, but the question is will the forests offer vibrant yellows, oranges and reds, or will the mountains only offer shades of brown? Will they even be …

Story and video by Victoria Leuang / Contributing Writer As the leaves change and the air cools, pumpkin patches are open for the season. Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville was the first to open in Tennessee, though, kicking off autumn with many traditional activities. “Having the pumpkin patch farm open to the public is very rewarding,” said …