By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine
In order to own gun there is a legal protocol that must be followed. There’s a background check, the purchaser must be of legal age, and after a mandatory waiting period you will become the proud owner of a firearm.
Some gun owners opt to take safety classes, which is fabulous. It amazes me that with all a person has to go through in order to purchase a firearm, any idiot with enough cash or high enough credit limit can go into any big box retailer and buy their very own digital camera to go about town shooting whatever they choose… without warning.
Dear Ken: Can you share some background information on Liam Neeson, star of the movie “Unknown?”
Neeson, 58, was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, where his mother was a cook and his father a caretaker at a Catholic boys’ school. An excellent amateur boxer as a schoolboy (that’s how his nose was broken), he worked as a forklift operator and truck driver before he became a professional actor in Dublin in 1976. His first big movie role came in “Excalibur” in 1981, and he has since starred in such movies as “Darkman,” “Leap of Faith,” “Schindler’s List,” “Nell,” “Rob Roy,” “Michael Collins,” “Les Miserables,” “Gangs of New York,” “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Clash of the Titans.” The 6-foot-4 Neeson provided the voice of the lion, Aslan, in “The Chronicles of Narnia” movies. He also worked on Broadway in “Anna Christie“ and on TV in the series “The Big C.” Neeson’s late wife, actress Natasha Richardson, died from head injuries suffered in a skiing accident in 2009. They have two sons.
By ANGEL KANE
WILSON LIVING TODAY
Donna McRae is the winner of all the Founders’ Favorites!!
Founders’ Favorites has been a special section of Wilson Living Magazine from the beginning and it continues to be a favorite section for our readers today.
To the editor:
Having been a part of the Wilson County community for some 14 years, we have on many occasions witnessed its strong commitment to taking care of its members, but on March 5 we were the direct recipients of that generosity.
Our deepest gratitude goes out to everyone who participated in blessing us with the financial support that has allowed us to focus on our family and my husband’s recovery. Our dear friend Marcia Wright and the College Hills Community Bible class prepared a meal in our families name and many of you came and ate in order to help us through this difficult time.
Words cannot adequately express our many thanks. It is a testament to how wonderful this community is and how blessed we are to be a part of it. Thank you!
The Carney Family
LEBANON -- Richie Seaton hit a bases-clearing double and Daniel Kern worked into the seventh inning in the opener and Mike Mandarino belted a three-run homer and Cory Farris scored from first on a double by David Fanshawe in the second game, as No. 1 Cumberland swept a doubleheader from Georgetown College by identical 5-4 scores Tuesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Cumberland (25-11) has won six straight contests overall and hung on to win both games, taking a 5-2 lead in the first game. Keith Kirby got three ground balls with the tying run on base to pick up the save in the contest.
In the second game the Bulldogs scored four times in the first inning, but Georgetown (20-16) tied the contest with four runs in the fifth. Farris singled in the sixth and was off on the pitch as Fanshawe doubled into rightcenter. Tyler Fisher bobbled the ball and Farris never stopped, coming around with the go-ahead run.
Tommy Winegardner tossed a shutout inning for his fourth save of the season, walking a batter in the inning, but Fanshawe threw out the would-be basestealer.
Fanshawe and Winegardner both collected four hits in the twinbill, while Farris had three hits and scored three times.
Seaton delivered the big blow for Cumberland in the first game, a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning. He later scored on a single from Greg Appleton that gave the Bulldogs a 5-2 advantage and the home team hung on from there.
Kern (4-0) worked into the seventh inning, allowing four runs on seven hits, to post the victory. The righthander retired seven straight batters in the middle innings and gave way to Kirby after running into trouble in the seventh.
Kirby allowed a single but then got three straight ground balls to end the game, picking up his third save of the season. It was Kirby’s first appearance since March 12, as the junior has been nursing an injury.
GC starter Travis McBride (1-3) took the loss but pitched well, giving up just two hard-hit balls and the one big hit to Seaton. The righthander allowed five runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out six in six innings.
In the second game Matt Vance (3-1), the third of four CU hurlers, posted the win with one shutout inning. Clay Hall (0-1), the second Georgetown pitcher, took the loss, giving up one run on five hits in two-plus innings.
The Tigers scored a run in the first inning of the opening game, with Randy Guite singling with one out before a double down the leftfield line from Fisher. Tyler Back’s groundout plated Guite for an early lead for the visitors.
Farris singled with one out and stole second for the Bulldogs in the second inning. Fanshawe’s bloop single into rightcenter scored the run to tie the contest at one.
Georgetown retook the lead in the third after a leadoff walk to Chris Wood. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Guite and third on a groundout by Fisher before scoring on Back’s single to left.
Cumberland plated four runs in the fourth on five hits to take the lead for good, but the inning started with a leadoff walk to Mandarino. Farris singled up the middle, knocking the glove off McBride, and Fanshawe beat out an infield single with two outs, loading the bases.
Seaton then laced a double off the base of the wall in left, clearing the bases, and Appleton followed with an RBI single into left, giving the Bulldogs a 5-2 advantage.
The Tigers cut into the deficit with a run in the sixth after leadoff singles from Fisher and Back. Taylor Hatfield’s groundout moved the runners up and another ground ball, this one from Dylan Grandon, scored the run. Taylor Payne flied out to end the inning without any further damage.
Georgetown put the tying run on base in the seventh inning with back-to-back singles from Ellis Bowen and pinch-hitter Pete Thackston. Wood’s groundout plated Bowen and pinch-runner Tanner Baldwin reached third on another ground ball by Guite, but Fisher grounded to second base to end the contest.
The Bulldogs started quickly in the second game, scoring four times in the first inning.
Appleton led off with a solo homer to leftcenter, his sixth of the season. T.J. Murphy and Winegardner both followed with singles before Mandarino belted the first pitch over the wall in centerfield just to the left of the batter’s eye, giving CU a 4-0 edge after an inning.
Georgetown had six runners on base in the first four innings and finally took advantage of some opportunities in the fifth, scoring four times to tie the contest.
Bowen walked to leadoff the inning and Wood walked with one out. Two wild pitches pushed Bowen across before Fisher blasted a two-run homer to leftfield, his sixth of the year, cutting the Bulldog lead to 4-3.
Back was then hit, ending the day for Ferrell, who allowed four runs on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Reliever Logan Neal allowed singles to pinch-hitter Cameron Allen and Thackston, the latter plating the tying run. Payne finally struck out to end the inning.
The Bulldogs looked to regain the lead in the bottom of the inning, with Murphy and Winegardner both singling to leadoff, putting runners on the corners. But Winegardner was pickoff off, Mandarino popped out and Crews struck out looking to end the threat.
Cumberland finally scored in the bottom of the sixth on Fanshawe’s double and the error by Fisher, and Winegardner made it stand up for the victory.
Cumberland hosts TranSouth Conference-leading Union University in a three-game series this weekend at Ernest L. Stockton Field. Friday’s single game starts at 2 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader starts at Noon.
LEBANON -- Megan Lavery went 2-for-2 in both games of Cumberland University’s doubleheader sweep of TranSouth Conference foe Freed-Hardeman University, as the Bulldogs extended their winning streak to five games with 5-0 and 5-4 wins over the Lions Tuesday.
Cumberland (19-13, 8-4 TranSouth) improved to 12-2 at home with the two victories and moved into sole possession of third place in the league.
The Bulldogs missed several scoring chances but produced single runs in five of the six innings in the first game, beginning with Allison Blackwood’s seventh home run of the year. The solo shot with two outs in the first inning was enough offense for sophomore, who also pitched a complete-game shutout.
Blackwood (8-7) worked around a walk and two singles, all coming with one out, in the second inning with a pair of strikeouts to end the threat with the bases full. The Leoma, Tenn., also got out of trouble in the fifth and seventh innings as the Lions (8-11, 3-3) had leadoff hits in both innings.
The Cumberland defense also came up big on several occasions, including helping Blackwood to a three-pitch sixth inning. Victoria Bennett made a running back-handed snag in the left-center field gap to rob Samantha Stricklan of a would-be extra-base hit and Meghan White put out Betsy Pickler running toward the fence and stretching out to snare the ball that nearly went over the left fielder’s head. Blackwood induced a groundout on the next pitch to end the frame.
Stephanie Gutierrez, who registered a hit in both contests to extend her hitting streak to 15 games, singled to start the second inning and advanced on a sacrifice bunt and one of Lavery’s singles before scoring on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Caity Gray.
Gray drove in another run in the fourth inning with a single that plated Nicole Swann, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Cumberland also got hits from White and CaSarah Gilliam in the inning but were unable to score any additional runs, leaving all three runners on base.
A leadoff walk to Blackwood turned into a run thanks to the speed of pinch runner Christina Manis. The Station Camp High School product was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Heather James and moved to third on Gutierrez’s groundout to short. The speedster came home on a pitch that got away from catcher Bailey Morgan, putting the Bulldogs on top 4-0.
Cumberland’s final run of the first game came after a double by Lavery, who was named the Music City Star of the Game, started the sixth inning. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Gilliam reached on a two-out error by Augusta McClary.
Cumberland 5, Freed-Hardeman 4 (Game 2) -- The Lady Bulldogs needed all five runs in the second game as FHU scored twice in the seventh and had the tying run at third base when Gray induced a game-ending groundout.
Gray earned her third save of the year to preserve Courtney Maynard’s victory. The win was the third in as many decisions for the freshman, who gave up one unearned run in four innings.
Cumberland scored all five of its runs in the second inning, sending 11 batters to the plate, the first five of whom produced hits and all but one of which reached base.
Gutierrez led off with a double and James plated the first run with a two-bagger of her own before a single by Lavery. Gray delivered a two-run double to make it 3-0 in favor of the home team.
Amber Mayne followed with a single before Manis reached on an error by McClary to load the bases. Gilliam hit it back to the pitcher, who threw Gray out at home. Bennett singled in a run and Blackwood drove in the final tally of the inning with a fielder’s choice.
Cumberland travels to Pulaski, Wednesday for the second doubleheader of the year between the Bulldogs and Martin Methodist College. CU snapped a 28-game losing skid to the RedHawks with a win in the second game of the twinbill at home on March 15.