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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 and story by Carley Olejniczak / Contributing Writer Thursday, Oct. 26 Time to get warmed up. Sharon Anderson and Jennifer Crank walk outside to the practice field with P!nk, a scrappy, young Border Collie on their heels, itching for a run. It’s a crisp autumn morning in Murfreesboro, the temperature only reaching the 50s. The Tennessee …

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 …