The governor and Mrs. Huckabee were treated last week to an advance stay at Mount Magazine State Park’s new digs, which opened to the public Monday. Rather than the lodge, the first family chose to stay in a cabin, and were put up in one of the largest, the three-bedroom, three-bath Cabin 14, next to Cabin 12 and 11. It was really the 13th cabin, but because some folks don’t like that number —floors in tall buildings often go from 12 to 14 — Parks numbered it 14.

Ah, but 13 was the number on Janet Huckabee’s high school basketball jersey, Parks staff informed visitors on a media tour last week, and she considers it her lucky number. She said let it be 13, and it shall be. A wooden sign directing visitors to the cabin that says 14 will be removed and a new one created.


It’s alive

Magnolia author Charlaine Harris has seen her “Southern Vampire” fiction series picked up by HBO-TV, with “Six Feet Under” producer Alan Ball leading the development. According to Tina Anderson, a publicist for Berkley Publishing Group, Ball has written the pilot and first two episodes of the series and has said he wants to begin filming next spring.

Ball, according to Anderson, said of Harris’ work: “The books are funny, scary, sexy, romantic, bizarre and really fun. I couldn’t put them down.”


Harris’ latest novel, the sixth in the “Southern Vampire” series, is “Definitely Dead.” She will appear at Barnes and Noble in Little Rock at 2 p.m. May 6.

Happy day


Come election day Nov. 7, a couple of Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor will have something to be happy about, no matter the outcome of the Democratic primary this month.

The wives of both Bill Halter and Jay Martin are expecting children on the same day, Nov. 6. Martin’s wife, Dawn, will have double the fun. The Martins are expecting twins. They have a daughter, Hallie.

It’s the first child for Halter and his wife, Shanti, whom he married Jan. 28.

Grievance dismissed


The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct has dismissed a complaint filed last year by Rick Spencer, a Mountain Home lawyer, against certain members and employees of the state Workers Compensation Commission. Spencer alleged that the four were excessively pro-employer and were trying to drive him out of business. He included affidavits from two former WCC administrative law judges who said they’d been fired for ruling in favor of injured workers.

In a letter to Spencer dated March 29, Nancie M. Givens, senior staff attorney for the Office of Professional Conduct, said that a subcommittee had reviewed Spencer’s grievance and decided to dismiss it. In an e-mail to the Arkansas Times, Spencer said that neither of the former administrative law judges had been contacted by the committee. He said he wouldn’t have minded so much having his complaint dismissed if only the Committee had made a bona fide investigation. “… It appears to me that even they are intimidated by big business in this state and the politicians who curry the favor of big business,” Spencer wrote.