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Saturday, 7 July 2012
New book published - Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell
Topic: books

NEW BOOK!  Click on link or on book to preview the entire book.

 Your Book

This new book of photos of the Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell sells for $35. Please contact me by email at, or by phone at 865-482-4224, if you are interested in purchasing a copy.



Posted by smithdray at 8:20 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 7 July 2012 8:29 PM EDT
Sunday, 6 May 2012

Supermoon of May 5. 2012, also known as a Perigree Moon, shined so bright at 11:30 PM that the stars were not to be seen.


Posted by smithdray at 1:34 AM EDT
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
A Nuclear Family - Episode 2


The next episode of the East TN PBS special documentary film series, A Nuclear Family: Y-12 National Security Complex, The Manhattan District, will be broadcaston Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 9:00 PM on East TN PBS, channel 2.  It will be broadcast again on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at 7:00 PM.  You may view the trailer to the series at:


The program will be available online at the above link after it has been broadcast on East TN PBS.  Episode 1 can be viewed there now, if you missed it in January.


Episodes three and four will be broadcast on the last Thursday and following Sunday of March and April 


Posted by smithdray at 11:13 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 11:31 PM EST
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Ed Westcott's 90th Birthday Celebration

Ed Westcott, famous photographer of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge and the Department of Energy celebrated his 90th Birthday at the American Museum of Science and Energy.  I was honored to be the emcee of his celebration.  See some photos:


Posted by smithdray at 12:34 AM EST
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

Click on the image to view

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

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