SmithDRay Blog
Friday, 27 January 2012
A Nuclear Family
Topic: History

Check out the latest video on the history of Oak Ridge and the Y-12 National Security Complex:

A Nuclear Family Episode 1 - I've Seen it


Posted by smithdray at 7:04 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 28 January 2012 9:50 PM EST
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Four new e-books

I am pleased to announce that the following books have been made available as e-books at reduced cost.


Delina : A Middle Tennessee Crossroads Community Named for Her Beautiful Name and Still More Beautiful Character;

and search for ISBN: 9781257150397, or



2007 Historically Speaking : As published in the Oak Ridger Newspaper;

and search for ISBN: 9781257290604 or, 


John Hendrix Story;

and search for ISBN: 9781257309627 or,


2006 Historically Speaking : As published in the Oak Ridger Newspaper

and search for ISBN: 9781257233311 or,


Thanks for checking them out.


Posted by smithdray at 8:58 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2012 11:40 PM EDT
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Oak Ridge Stories

See Oak Ridge history documentaries created by students. 

Posted by smithdray at 1:28 AM EDT
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Historically Speaking online archive created

I have created an online archive of Historically Speaking the weekly history column I write that is published in The Oak Ridger.  

Here is the link:

If you want an article that I have not gotten into the online archive, just let me know and I will put it there for you. I am uploading the articles as I find time and trying to keep the newest ones uploaded.   

Posted by smithdray at 12:41 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:46 AM EDT
Thursday, 4 August 2011
Spring in East Tennessee 2011



Your Book

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For future reference:

Order Number




Posted by smithdray at 10:56 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2011 10:59 PM EDT
A new Facebook group "I remember when in Oak Ridge"

Check out this new Facebook group where folks are sharing their memories of their home town, Oak Ridge, TN.

It has grown to have 1384 members in just a few days.  Great fun and good information being shared.  Makes a historian proud! 



Posted by smithdray at 9:49 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2011 10:09 PM EDT
Friday, 24 December 2010
A new Photo Book by Ray Smith - Fall 2010
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: books

Here is a photo book published at the suggestion of those who saw the photographs I made this fall.  It was an unusual fall and was actually quite short for good color.  I had to seek out specific locations as one side of a hill would have color and the other side not.  One elevation might have color and below or above that level would not.  I found that getting close up helped and I really appreciated my 100 mm close up lens.


Click on link below to preview book:



Posted by smithdray at 9:03 PM EST
Merry Memories - 2010
Mood:  happy
Topic: Christmas

Here are some Merry Memories for Christmas 2010. 


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Posted by smithdray at 8:48 PM EST
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Colorado - July 2010
Mood:  happy
Topic: trips

Fanny and I recently went to Silverton, CO.  What a great place the San Juan Mountains are.  That is where many of Louis L'Amour's books are set.  I have read them all and enjoyed seeing the terrain and recalling the stories. 

We were there to see our youngest son, Zane, finish the Hardrock 100 mile endurance run.  He finished in 46 hours!  Silverton is 11,000 feet above sea level.  I could hardly climb stairs.  We stayed in the Royal Imperial Hotel (on the third floor with NO elevator!)

Here is a link to some photos of our trip:


Posted by smithdray at 12:40 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 7 August 2010 12:47 AM EDT
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Barkley Marathons 100 (and 60 "fun run")

Zane, my youngest son, ran in the Barkley Marathons this weekend at Frozen Head State Park, TN. 

To learn about the Barkley Marathons

He started at 7:15 AM on Saturday with the temperature at 30 degrees.  Sunny and clear.  This lasted all day and into the evening.

Zane finished loop one of the Barkley in a bit over 12 hours. He went "out there" on lap two in the dark and by Sunday morning when he returned to the start/finish line he has spent the night seeking to stay on the unmarked course with some difficulty.  He had six of the 10 pages from books and was running out of time.  It was raining and that did not help as it slowed travel even more.

Here are some photos from Day 1 and 2 of the Barkley: 



Posted by smithdray at 10:25 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 28 March 2010 10:26 PM EDT

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