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Other Featured Sites:

Beautiful Jim Key - Mim Eichler Rivas
Art by Mike Smith
Historical Sketches of Oak Ridge Schools book
  Direct Links to Most Popular Pages Index
Sarcoidosis
Nancy Ward
Dragging Canoe
Nancy Hart
Selected History Links Index
A View of the [Bear Creek] Valley
Back of Oak Ridge and John Hendrix (Prophet of Oak Ridge) book
Calutrons - Swords to Plowshares in Oak Ridge
Curtis Allen Hendrix - son of John Hendrix
Historic Markers - Oak Ridge, Tennessee
History of Emery Road
History of Early Routes
History of Terrorism with General Carl Stiner
Hymn to Life
Jack Case - Long time Y-12 Plant Manager - Namesake for The Jack Case Center
John Hendrix and Y-12
Oak Ridge K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant
Oak Ridge, Tennessee History
Secret City History
Secret City The Movie
The Calutron Girls
General Index
What and Who is SmithDRay?
Join Mailing List for Notification of New Pages
Tell A Friend About This Site
Guest Book
E-Mail Webmaster
Alphabetical Listing of Site Descriptions and Links
Antique American Pattern Glass
Art by Mike Smith
Avent Cabin
Back of Oak Ridge and John Hendrix (Prophet of Oak Ridge) book
Beautiful Jim Key - Mim Eichler Rivas
Books
Crazy Horse
Curtis Allen Hendrix
Dragging Canoe
Flowers
Harrison Mayes (A dedicated man!)
Historic Trails
Historical Sketches of Oak Ridge Schools
History
History of Terrorism
Holiday Pages
Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
Humor
Inspiration
John Hendrix (Prophet of Oak Ridge)
Kingston Demolition Range
Mingo Hollow
Nancy Hart
Nancy Ward
Oak Ridge, Tennessee History
Original Poetry
Parenting
Photography
Sarcoidosis
Secret City "Oak Ridge" History
September 11, 2001 Attack on America Inspiration
Smiley Pages
The Calutron Girls

List of Links:


Writers Page

Writers resources, links, and useful information as well as original opinion on writing issues.

Nancy Ward Page
History of Nancy Ward as published in the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, 1998.
Dragging Canoe Page
History of Dragging Canoe, Cherokee War Chief, and other Dragging Canoe links.
Crazy Horse
History of Crazy Horse, Lakota Sioux War Chief and the Crazy Horse Memorial, a tribute to the spirit of all Indians.
Art by Mike Smith
Art by Mike Smith is a series of web pages where Mike's original art is displayed, prints are available for purchase, examples of portraits are shown and information about how to commission a portrait is provided.
Sarcoidosis Page
Personal experience with sarcoid, links to helpful resources, and support groups.
Photography Page
Photography page with link to Webshots Community where several of my scenic, wildflower, nature, sunrise and sunset photographs are placed for downloading.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee History" History
An index page for historical information about Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It includes links to other pages including the Secret City History (also listed below) as well as brief historical sketches of all the Department of Energy sites, a page of all Historic Markers in the Oak Ridge area, a link to the museum of radiation instruments (a truly unique web site that includes visuals and history of early radiation measurement) and links to major visitor attractions in the area.
Secret City "Oak Ridge" History
Some interesting historical facts about a truly Secret City (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) that existed from 1942 through 1949 to help win World War II, was the fifth largest city in Tennessee but was not on any maps of the time. Also some information about Oak Ridge, Tennessee today.
John Hendrix (Prophet of Oak Ridge)
Unique page with an astounding prophecy made 40 years before World War II concerning the Oak Ridge contribution to the end of that war.
Back of Oak Ridge and John Hendrix (Prophet of Oak Ridge)
Unique history of the area that was to become Oak Ridge, TN before it was taken by the government to create the enriched uranium used in the first Atomic Bomb. Included also is the story of John Hendrix who made an astounding prophecy 40 years before World War II concerning the Oak Ridge contribution to the end of that war. The materials have been published in a book that can be purchased for $15.
The Calutron Girls
The story of a visit by one of the original "Calutron Girls" to the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge and the Y-12 Calutrons.
Curtis Allen Hendrix
The story of Curtis Allen Hendrix, the son of John Hendrix. Curtis and his family was one of the families who had to leave the Robertsville area to make way for the Manhattan Project. He was killed soon after moving his family.
Kingston Demolition Range
Web site of photographs of the home places that were removed to make way for the Manhattan Project in 1942 resulting in the creation of Oak Ridge and the Atomic Bomb that helped end World War II.
Parenting Page
Parenting experience and commentary, list of links to parenting information and resources. Grandparent's perspective.
Humor Page
Quotes, humor links, e-cards, and just good clean fun stuff.
History Page
Early Tennessee History, Cherokee History, and late 1700's United States History. This page contains draft materials on Dragging Canoe.
History of Terrorism Page
A review of the history of terrorism beginning with an introduction to the history of Muhammed and including a speech made to a local Leadership graduating class by General Carl Stiner.
Nancy Hart
American Revolutionary War Heroine who captured and hung Tories in Georgia.
Historic Trails Page
Published article on the Emery Road and Walton Road the earliest road system from East Tennessee to Middle Tennessee.
Early Routes Page
An article on the early history of our nation and the westward expansion into Tennessee. Emphasis is on the trails and roads used in this expansion.
Avent Cabin
A 1840's vintage log cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mingo Hollow
Three tragic events in the past three centuries that happened on the exact same spot on the Kentucky and Tennessee state line in Mingo Hollow.
Books Page
Old, unique and unusual books for sell, swap, or buy. History, Tennessee, Cherokee, and past presidents (especially Jefferson) are areas of special interest.
Early American Pattern Glass Page
We collect Riverside ESTHER pattern early american pattern glass. We have several pieces of the green and gold ESTHER pattern and one piece of the clear ESTHER pattern. Links to other Early American Pattern Glass sites.
Bible Page
Religion, church of Christ, and Bible Search.

Several years ago a coal miner with a vision to place simple messages about God where people could read them and be caused to think about their relationship with God did much the same thing. However, his resources were limited yet he managed to place signs in many locations. Check out the following link:

Harrison Mayes Page
A unique and interesting story about one man's life-long dedication to displaying simple messages about God!

NEW Original POETRY Pages

Sunrise Page
View a beautiful sunrise and enjoy poetry about the beauty of sunrises

Fanny's Granny's Featherbed Page of original poetry
Fanny's memories of conversations with a special grandmother while laying on a featherbed...you may find this will bring back memories of your special grandmother's featherbed as well.

INSPIRE Pages!

Special INSPIRE Pages resulting from the terrorist attack on America of September 11, 2001

A Special Letter With a Personal Message
Read the thoughts of a person who has seen death and devastation, but nothing to compare with what he observed after the terrorist attack on America where two airplanes were deliberatly crashed into the World Trade Center towers.

A Special Hymn
This hymn was written by Caroline Winfrey Gillette while she watched the devastation of the terrorist attacks on America.

Let's Roll
A tribute to the Heroes aboard United Airlines Flight 93 who took action to save innocent lives on the ground during the September 11, 2001 attack on America.

America
A Canadian speaks out in support of America.

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Other INSPIRE Pages

Baby Laugh Page
Experience the JOY of sound and the importance of Kids!

Sunset Page
Experience a Sunset to Raise your Spirits!

Wagon Page
Promotional page for America's Promise to Youth

Listen Page
Lesson in practical listening to increase understanding

Beachcomber Page
Wisdom and encouragement to show LOVE through ACTIONS!

Billboard Page
Simple messages with a powerful impact to make us think about our relationship with God

While these billboards are thought to be the efforts of one individual, they are not the first time this has been done. Several years earlier a coal miner with a vision to place simple messages about God where people could read them and be caused to think about their relationship with God did much the same thing. However, his resources were limited yet he managed to place signs in many locations. Check out the following link:

Harrison Mayes Page
A unique and interesting story about one man's life-long dedication to displaying simple messages about God!

Hypocrisy and The Boy's Ideal Page
The importance of example in parenting


Benjamin Franklin Page
Poor Richard's Maxims and other sage wit and wisdom by Benjamin Franklin


Interview with God
A beautiful scenic photography presentation with inspirational thoughts that let us know that God cares about us all


Old Phone
A great story about the influence an adult can have on a child



SPECIAL IRAQ SECTION:
Photos not in News
Photographs from a friend in Iraq who is frustrated because the news media fails to carry positive stories of what is being accomplished there.



Flowers and Nature Pages

Iris Page
The beauty of Iris and encouragement to ENJOY LIFE!

Flame Azalea and Dogwood Page
One of the most beautiful scenic views from Gregory's Bald in the Great Smoky Mountains and a Dogwood bloom with thoughts about the BEAUTY OF NATURE

Trillium Page
The beauty of wildflowers (Trillium) and encouragement to APPRECIATE the small things and SPEND TIME with loved ones!


Additional Humor Pages

EYES OF FUN Page
Eyes that follow your cursor everywhere. They WATCH YOUR EVERY MOVE

Optical Illusions Page
Seven Optical Illusions for your viewing pleasure


SMILEY Pages

Smiley Page
Smiley page made for sharing with friends to make them SMILE

2nd Smiley Page
Smiley page made especially for sharing with children and Grannys to make them SMILE

3rd Smiley Page
A Smiley page to remind us of the importance of SMILING


Holiday Pages

Mother's Day Page
A tribute to Mothers with quotations and a really good story

Special Guest Link: Keoz4.com - Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal

4th of July Page
A holiday page made for sharing with friends and family

Father's Day Page
A Father's Day page made for sharing with that special Father in your family

Casper the Friendly Ghost Page
Links to Casper the Friendly Ghost pages for your entertainment

Yes Virginia Page
The editorial first published in the New York Sun in 1897 answering Virginia's question about Santa Claus


Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
Unique museum with an astounding collection of glass antique pitchers.


Who and What is SmithDRay?

SmithDRay is the name chosen for a group of web pages developed to communicate about some areas of interest and establish contacts with others sharing common interests.

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WRITERS: An interest in writing, both creative and nonfiction, has grown over the years and I have had three historical subjects published. The History of Nancy Ward has been published in both the Encyclopedia of East Tennessee and the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. The earliest road from East Tennessee to Middle Tennessee is described in the "Trails, Historic" segment of the Tennessee Encyclopedia of Tennessee History and Culture. I am currently writing the history of a statue of Nancy Ward that was placed on a white woman's grave and later removed from a small East Tennessee cemetery. The local's want it back. I am looking for it and hope to see its return some day. I am also editing and rewriting a book on the History of Delina, a small farming settlement in southern middle Tennessee where I grew up. And last, I am working on the history of Dragging Canoe, the most feared Cherokee warrior who fought the white settlers who came to Tennessee.

NANCY WARD: My special interest in the last Beloved Woman of the Cherokee has been the source of much research and resulted in much enjoyment over the years. This page includes the full text of the article published in the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, 1998. I continue to collect any and all information about Nancy Ward that I can locate. Research on her life has led me to many other discoveries concerning the history of the late 1700's.

DRAGGING CANOE: History of this most feared Cherokee War Chief. His common staying was "We are not yet conquered!" as he led the Chickamauga's in battle against the white settlers. At one point when Richard Henderson pushed for more land by attempting to buy a "road to Kaintuckee", Dragging Canoe could stand it no longer, he said "We have given you this, why do you ask for more? You have bought a fair land. When you have this you have all. There is no more game left between the Watauga and the Cumberland. There is a cloud hanging over it. You will find its settlement dark and bloody." This prophecy was to be fulfilled by Dragging Canoe as he continually attacked the white settlers until his death March 1, 1792. This page is a work in progress and I update it as time permits me to work on the history and legend of the "dragon", Dragging Canoe!

SARCOIDOSIS: My wife's history of over twenty years of suffering with Sarcoidosis is also a primary reason for the initial interest in web pages. We have been contacted by people from all over the world and have provided help from just letting them know that someone else in the world has the same symptoms to sharing the frustration of not being able to get any medical help or understanding for this little known health problem. Her story continues to unfold as we learn to live with the effects of Sarcoidosis and the side effects of its primary steriod treatment, prednisone. If you have Sarcoidosis related questions e-mail her at: Fanny's Sarcoidosis Questions

HISTORY: Early Tennessee history, Cherokee history (especially Nancy Ward and Dragging Canoe), and early US history are areas of interest.

HISTORIC TRAILS: Published article on the Emery Road and the Walton Road, earliest road system from East Tennessee to Middle Tennessee. Published in the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, 1998.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I have enjoyed photography since I first saw a photograph and wanted to try to make pleasing photographs. Over the years I have photographed nature, scenics, weddings, special occasions and now my primary focus is on my grandchildren. Some of my photographs (scenics and nature mostly) are located on my Webshots Community and that link is on the web page linked at the start of this paragraph. I have also placed photos on three other sites, also identified on the web paged linked above.

PARENTING: We are grandparents who have been involved in youth related efforts since the early 1970's when we began working with the youth group at our church. I have been involved in Scouting for over 25 years as a Cubmaster, Pellissippi District Committee Activities Chairman, Boy Scout Troop Committee, and Instutional Representative. I serve on the steering board for Anderson County's Promise, a local effort associated with the national America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth.

HUMOR: Clean fun, e-cards, quotes, links to humor sites.

BOOKS: An interest in old, unique and unusual books to buy, sell or swap.

EARLY AMERICAN PATTERN GLASS: We collect antique glass, especially Riverside ESTHER pattern glass. We have several pieces of the green and gold ESTHER pattern made in 1896 and a few pieces of the clear ESTHER pattern.

BIBLE: Bible Search and church of Christ links.

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