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Heating Up

Talking ’Tics

Which Hall, Now?

Different Brown

Roman a clef?

In the Press

Bug in Our Ear

Heating Up

Spectators were afraid the two would come to blows. Pinkston, appointed to Commission to replace his late brother, Howard, was one of three commissioners to vote against the wheel tax. Pinkston supporters think County Mayor Mike Ragsdale had something to do with Kiger getting into the race. Ragsdale denies it.

Talking ’Tics

At WNOX, Mark Harmon has given up his weekend talk show now that he is running for County Commission (against David Collins ). Citadel executive and County Commissioner Mike Hammond is off the air until election season is over.

Over at Southern Roots Radio (AM1180) they have a succession of co-hosts that show up once a week, many of whom are elected officials. Steve Hall , a city councilman running for county mayor, is one. County Commissioner Mark Cawood is another, as is school board member Robert Bratton .

Southern Roots honcho Lloyd Daugherty says the public officials are guests and that any opponent they have is also welcome to be a guest, just show up or call in. Ragsdale has been invited, but has not been able to schedule an appearance, according to Daugherty. He says his show is a forum for debates and discussion and any candidate is welcome.

Which Hall, Now?

Exasperated at the same name, Register of Deeds Steve Hall put out a press release last fall announcing that he was not running for city council, causing confusion on Election Day. What will the election strategy be this year, with two Steve Halls on the ballot and two Steve Halls being advertised for office? Vote for Steve Hall, but not that Steve Hall?

Different Brown

Roman a clef?

We thought the location of the murder might be a thinly veiled depiction of Cocke County, but evidently that is not the case. Because in one scene in the book Brockton meets with FBI agents at the John J. Duncan federal building, and they describe Cooke County as a place where they suspect corruption in law enforcement allowing the protection and promotion of marijuana production and large-scale cock fighting.

The descriptions of Dr. Bass/Brockton’s procedures in the course of his investigations are, um, very realistic. They make the CSI television show graphics seem tame by comparison.

In the Press

Then, here comes a serialized novella in the New York Times Magazine called At Risk , by honorary Knoxvillian Patricia Cornwell , the best-selling mystery novelist who’s a friend of Dr. William Bass and a frequent visitor to his forensics academy. She had described Knoxville settings at least once before, in her novel, The Body Farm , about Bass’s intriguing experiments with putrefaction on the south side of the river.

However, At Risk is even more drenched in Knoxvilleness than The Body Farm was. Though set largely in Boston, much of the action turns around an investigation of the sordid murder of a dowager 20 years ago in Sequoyah Hills (“Knoxville old money on the river, can’t touch a house for under a million”). So far, the narrative mentions, in passing, Barley’s and Tonic in the Old City, and also scenes and characters connected to the Knoxville Police Department, and, of course, the Body Farm. Chapter four offers this reference to Bearden nightclub 4620: “Usually on Tuesday nights at this late hour the two of them are dressed like preppies, listening to jazz at 4620, drinking fruit-infused martinis....” You’d almost think she’d been there herself.

You can catch up with the story at the website www.nytimes.com/funnypages .

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