A celebration for the release of former Tennessean publisher John Seigenthaler’s new book, James K. Polk, was held at Mario’s Ristorante this weekend. Upon entering the party, Scene editor Bruce Dobie immediately ran into Mario Ferrari, with whom the Scene has battled for years. (It all began more than a decade ago when the paper proved that the restaurant had substituted pork for veal in two of its dishes.) “Right this way,” Mario told Dobie. “I have an oven waiting just for you.” ♦ Love this quotation from state Sen. Steve Cohen, who, while considering a run for governor in 1998, found himself the subject of claims that he was a pot smoker, which he denied. “A person on marijuana goes into a doughnut shop and eats doughnuts: A person on methamphetamine goes to a doughnut shop and kills the people inside.” (Quotation courtesy of The Chattanooga Times Free Press and then republished in our own Tennessean.) ♦ A major loss: Athan Gibbs Sr., the entrepreneur who, in the wake of the presidential election debacle last year, devised a voting system that has gained national attention. Known as “TruVote,” the system not only produced receipts for voters but also allowed them to access a Web site to prove their vote had been counted. An African American who grew up in Memphis, Gibbs had vowed to produce something to safeguard democracy. Tragically, he was killed in a car accident over the weekend.