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Saturday, 23 August 2008
East Tennessee History Center
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: History

The East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay Street in Knoxville, TN opened Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee on August 23, 2008.  Go here for photos:

Ribbon Cutting:

VIP Reception:


Posted by smithdray at 5:10 PM EDT
Friday, 29 February 2008
Photo of bat in cave
Mood:  a-ok

A recent trip to Cherokee Caverns provided the opportunity for the photographs found at this link: Cherokee Caverns Photos on Webshots

This bat is covered with moisture...a most unusual sight!


Posted by smithdray at 11:20 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 16 March 2008 11:33 PM EDT
Saturday, 17 November 2007
Sunrise and mist - photo
Here is a recent sunrise on the Clinch River in Oak Ridge, TN.  I like it and hope you will too.


Posted by smithdray at 11:34 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 17 November 2007 11:39 PM EST
University of Tennessee Colloquium

On October 31, 2007 Oak Ridge: Manhattan Project to Today was presented to the University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Department. 

To see the web cast:

Click Here


Posted by smithdray at 11:15 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 19 April 2008 1:26 PM EDT
Monday, 15 October 2007
Met a new friend

Over the past few evenings, I have been communicating with the team at  They are interested in helping get the Nancy Ward Statue returned to Tennessee. 

Posted by smithdray at 10:49 PM EDT
Saturday, 6 October 2007
My son, the ultramarathon runner

Today, my youngest son ran a 31 mile ultramarathon "The Stump Jump" at Chattanooga's Signal Mountain.  He finished in less than 7 hours!  This race consists of running down the face of Signal Mountain and back up again. 

These folks are sure in excellent physical shape!

We had a great day.  After the race was completed, we treated our son and his family to a dinner at Foodworks, a great restuarant in Chattanooga.

Posted by smithdray at 11:27 PM EDT
Thursday, 26 July 2007
STOLEN Statue of Nancy Ward again advertised for sale!
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: History

A new development in the long struggle to return a stolen historic artifact to Tennessee.  The Nancy Ward Statue that was stolen from Maggie Farmer's grave in Grainger County in 1980 and resurfaced in Maine in February 2006 has again resurfaced for sale.  This time in Massachusetts.

To learn more about the famous statue, go to:


Posted by smithdray at 9:39 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007 9:44 PM EDT
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Historically Speaking weekly newspaper column

The weekly column, Historically Speaking, is published in The Oak Ridger.  To view each week's installment, go to and search on "historically speaking."

The past two weeks have been devoted to the July 6, 1944, troop train wreck in Jellico, TN.


Posted by smithdray at 11:02 PM EDT
Sunday, 6 May 2007
Nancy Ward Statue
Progress continues to be made on returning the statue to Tennessee.

Posted by smithdray at 9:42 PM EDT
Saturday, 31 March 2007
Vanderbilt Retirement Learning Tour
Mood:  bright
Topic: History

60 members of the Vanderbilt Retirement Learning program were given a tour of Oak Ridge on March 30, 2007.  I met the tour at the K-25 Overlook.  Next the group had a wonderful lunch at the Flatwater Grill.  Then they visited the American Museum of Science and Energy followed by a drive by of Y-12, a lobby presentation of the Spallation Neutron Source, a visit to the Graphite Reactor and finally a driving tour of K-25.

Many members of the group indicated they left their tour with a much better appreciation for Oak Ridge than they had before the tour. 


Posted by smithdray at 9:44 PM EDT

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