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Photos and story by Shade Narramore / Contributing Writer There’s no denying that Murfreesboro is developing rapidly, and two of the city’s newest additions, The Soda Bar and Homegrown Marketplace, celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with their grand opening Wednesday.  Developer Scott Grady cut the ribbon with the help of his family. And …

Photo courtesy of Sidelines Archive Photos and story by Gerardo Palacios / Contributing Writer Downtown Franklin hosted PumpkinFest Saturday for its 34th year as Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival. And with the celebration came many treats, some of which took the form of Halloween candy.   It was a chilly day for an outdoor …

Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines Story by Rusty Ellis / Sports Editor The Middle Tennessee men’s and women’s basketball teams got their first chance in front of their fans on Thursday, when they took the court for the 2017 rendition of Murphy Madness. Both teams are looking to build off of successful …

Photos by Victoria Leuang / MTSU Sidelines Story by Altima Sisavad / Contributing Writer Over the weekend, the Middle Tennessee Exotic Pet Club presented the Nashville Exotic Expo at the Nashville Fairgrounds, which hosted animals galore and so much more. The animals ranged from mini pigs to Marmoset Monkeys to Albino Burmese Pythons, but many …

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 …

Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines Story by Rusty Ellis / Sports Editor The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-5, 1-3) couldn’t muster the offense to defeat the Marshall Thundering Herd and fell in their annual Blackout game by a final score of 38-10 in Murfreesboro. The loss was not the only negative part …