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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
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
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
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
Thursday, 11 August 2005
History of Emery Road
Topic: History
Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society meeting Saturday, August 12, 2005. Presentation on the history of the Emery Road - first road cut to run from Clinch Mountain in present day East Tennessee to Nashborough (present day Nashville). Web page links on early roads and trails in Tennessee that you might like to see:

Historic Trails
Earliest Trails to Tennessee


Posted by smithdray at 11:59 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 12 August 2005 12:15 AM EDT

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