Monday, November 3, 2008

Ashley Danzey

Ashley and I spent the weekend at a Crafts' Fair selling jewelry and my Sunsphere book. We were invited by the St. James Episcopal Church for their fall fundraiser. We had a nice time and made a few dollars. It was great to be with my daughter for those days.

Ashley Danzey and Gordon Danzey

Ashley Danzey

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

TCU Reagan Day Dinner, October 28, 2008

The Annual Reagan Day Dinner, hosted by the Tennessee Conservative Union, was held on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 in the banquet room of the Crown Plaza Hotel in Downtown, Knoxville.
After a buffet meal which consisted of Southern fried chicken, biscuits, grits, dumplings, mac and cheese, iced tea and banana pudding, the meeting began with a prayer and the pledge.
Lloyd Daughtery, president of TCU took to the microphone to read a letter he had just received from Senator John McCain congratulating him on the annual event.
Next, Daughtery explained that the agenda for the evening was going to include honors to noted Republicans who had passed away and also awards for local individuals.
Former Judge Brenda Wagoner presented a short speech about Criminal Court Clerk, Martha Phillips. "Martha was a good person and an excellent clerk," she said. "She served in the courthouse for sixty-two years, and we miss her greatly."
Sheriff Jimmy Jones was given the responsibility of introducing all former and current office holders and all candidates.
Senator Jesse Helms and William F. Buckley were honored in a short film presented in a power point production provided by Kelvin Moxley and by stories told by Daughtery.
Those receiving awards for their most recent work in upholding conservative principles and in the fight against corruption were: The Libertarian Party of Tennessee, Victoria Defreese, Elaine Davis, Paul Pinkston, Susan Williams, and Congressman Jimmy Duncan. Congressman Duncan's son, John III, was on hand to accept the honor for his father. The young Duncan III, pleased the crowd with a humorous list of 10 Ways You Know You Are an East Tennessee Conservative.
The highest honor of the evening was given to State Representative Bill Dunn who was named the TCU Conservative of the Year.
"We selected Representative Dunn for this award for two reasons," said Daughtery. "His stand against the Pre-K Program when it was determined by testing data that the plan did not work, and his fight for the rights of the unborn."
"I am blessed with a wonderful family," said Representative Dunn. "I wished my wife was here to see this tonight, but as you know we have five children and it is a school night. They say behind every great man is a shocked mother-in-law, and I can't wait to call my wife's mother and tell her about this." Rep. Dunn received a standing ovation.
Another award and standing ovation was given to Kelvin Moxley, who along with Daughtery has often been referred to as "two men and a fax machine." Moxley was given a pocket watch for his twenty-two years of service to the conservative movement. "I thank you," said Moxley, "but usually a person only gets a gold watch when he is retiring. Are you trying to tell me something?"
Daughtery also thanked Keitha Kelley who served as the event planner.
The evening ended with an inspirational film about Ronald Reagan and his home near Santa Barbara. California known as Rancho del Cielo (ranch in the sky).
Each guest was given a colorful 2009 Ronald Reagan Calendar as a memento of the dinner. The calendar not only contains photos of the former president but also some of his famous quotes.
"Live each day to the fullest. Live each day with enthusiasm, optimism and hope. If you do, I am convinced that your contribution to this wonderful experiment we call America will be profound." Reagan 1992

Caption: Representative Bill Dunn, (left photo) and his two guests :"I had a wonderful time. The food was amazing and it has been a honor coming." said David Benton.(center photo) "I had a great time. The food was good but the mac and cheese was the best. I am here to represent Bill Dunn," said Derek A. Hall (right photo)

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Rep. Bill Dunn, Conservatiave of the Year

Tennessee Conservatiave Union Reagan Day Dinner

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

McLean Case

I will publish more on this case when I have time...I was there; I saw it all....

McLean Case

Court is like a play; there is a setting and characters. The leading characters for this day were: Erin McLean, Jason Eric McLean, Judge Bill Swann, Attorney for Erin; Brandy Slaybaugh; for Jason--Steve Sharp; for the children--Lisa White.
Slaybaugh fought to keep Erin off the witness stand. She also fought about the very fact that they were in court at all. She said she had no papers which had been filed, and ask the judge why they were there. The other attorney had to wipe egg off his face and get some copies of a motion made and filed with the court clerk; Slaybaugh had a point. Next, the judge said that the last time his court heard about this case was for the divorce, so he wanted to read the divorce and go from there. So, everyone listened while he read the divorce. (He had a point for doing this which would come out later.)
The entire day was like a big sparing match; especially between Slaybaugh and Swann.
After he read the divorce, he began asking them if they had been going by it, and of course, this is where it turned out that Erin had denied Jason Eric the visits of 189 l/2 days per year.
By her lawyer, Erin told the court she left town to save her children from the media. She said she didn't want her boys to be on 20/20. She said she was a good mother who had been "challenging" the boys while in Texas. (even though it was not clear if they had been in school; probably had not been, but she kept saying they were getting an education).

Erin McLean faces the court

I was there....

First, people should realize that real court is very different from what you see on television. For one thing, everything slows down and it all drags on. It is mostly about procedures; papers needing to be filed, who did what on what day, and who is representing who?
Judge Bill Swann did a good job of ferreting out the truth from Erin McLean. She came in with flame orange hair; yeah, a good way to hide--go incognito with flaming orange hair. She seemed smaller than life and it was like she was trying to make herself appear like a victim. She is not that pretty; certainly nothing to get killed over.
Jason Eric looked at her, but she did not look at him. But she was placed on the witness stand in front of him, so he almost had to look at her if he looked forward.
Jamie Saterfield, the reporter for the KNS, who has covered this story in detail was there. She was texting like a speed racer.
Erin has hired a new attorney, a female named Brandy Slaybaugh. You won't read this anywhere else, but Slaybaugh did an outstanding job for her client. She kept her off the witness stand on two different times when the judge was nearly yelling he wanted to talk to her. It took a big maneuver, but Slaybaugh kept her from talking which probably saved her more jail time.

McLean Trial

McLean Trial

As most people know, each day in court, the time for everyone to be there is set at 9 a.m. The judge arrives and begins to call out the cases, and then, tells people when he will hear their case, so people can leave and return. This is what happened for the McLean trial, however, both Erin and Jason Eric sent the judge word they were not ready; had trouble with "transportation and clothing" was the word that was sent by their attorneys. So, if you are famous enough, you just send the judge word, while the rest of us do what we are told.
Jason Eric entered and he was shaking; He gives the appearance of someone who is about to have a breakdown. He is painfully thin, but his mother is very thin, so, it must be genetics. He is handsome and could easily be seen as a band director which is what he says he wants to be. He is a head taller than most people in the room. He took a seat and faced the front and each time he so much as turned his head to the side, the cameras began to click. Made me feel very sorry for him.
Although it was not Bruce Poston's case, he came in and sat with Jason Eric for a few mintues and that seemed to calm him down.
There were at least 7 video cameras goind and several digital cameras, including mine. It was sad. I felt like I was looking into a window into their private life, and it seemed terribly sad.

McLean Trail

McLean Trial

Sunsphere Book

Ashley Danzey

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sew On and Sew On

Ashley Danzey has a new blog Sew On and Sew On. You can read it at

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Publication Date Announced

Dear Martha,

We are planning to have your book, Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair, on sale on Monday, February 16, 2009. I wanted to give you this advance warning so that, if at all possible, you could ensure you have some time to fit in any media interviews, book signings, or other events that will surround the publication of your book. At this stage neither I, nor your publicist, have made any firm plans but we’ll be in touch with you nearer to publication to talk about specifics.

This date has not been publicized to any online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) nor have we shared it with local retailers. We’ll be doing all of this a little closer to publication.

I very much look forward to working with you on the sale of your book. I’m also sending you a letter with this news just in case this email does not reach you.



Lindsay Bennison
Regional Sales Manager
Arcadia Publishing Inc.
420 Wando Park Blvd
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 853-2070 extension 359
Fax: (843) 853-0044

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

My book is at the publishers.

What a grand feeling for me this week. I received a message from my editor, Maggie Bullwinkel in South Carolina, telling me on Monday, the staff of Arcadia Publishers will begin work on the production of my book, Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair. It is certainly a heady feeling to know that a staff of people are working on something I wrote from my home on a second hand computer.

1982 World's Fair

Friday, August 8, 2008

Election news Judge B. McGee wins!!!!!

Election news August 7, 2008

Election August 7, 2008 Sheriff Jones

election news Aug. 7, 2008 Phil Ballard wins!!!

election night--8-7-08

August 7, 2008 Election News

Jones for Sheriff, Arnett for Clerk, Witt for Register of Deeds, Sisk* for Trustee, Ballard for Property Assessor, McGee for Criminal Court Judge, Div. II, Saunders for Fourth District Seat A, Shouse for Fourth District Seat B, Anders for Sixth District Seat A, Wright for Eighth District. New Knox County School Board members Kincannon, Buttry, Carson and Phillips. Lockett for Knox County Law Director. Woodson and Farmer in their respective primaries for State Senate. State Representatives Nicelely, Brooks, Tindell and Dunn. Ray for the Republican nomination to take on Joe Armstrong. Haynes for State Representative District 14, Campfield for State Representative District 18, Nicodemus for Democrat candidate State Representative, Overbey, State Senator Dist 8, Unted States Senator Lamar Alexander for the Republican nomination. Tuke for Democrat candidate for United States Senate, Padgett winning Knox County. U.S. Representative John J. "Jimmy" Duncan, Jr. and Scott, the Democrat candidate for United States House of Representatives in Dist. 2The ones that we got wrong.Baah in the First District County Commission, Bolus in the Second District County Commission, Sproles in the Fifth District County Commission and Ward in Ninth District County Commission.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Sunsphere Lecture

July 28, 2008 at the Sunsphere

July 28, 2008, Ruthie Kuhlman and guest

July 28, 2008

Knox County Sheriff's Chaplain

Emerald Youth

Emerald Youth

Emerald Youth

July 28, 2008

July 28, 2008

photos from July 28, at the Sunsphere

July 28, 2008

Photos from July 28, 2008

Photos from July 28, 2008

Sunsphere Lecture, July 28, 20

William Denton's resume


William S. (Bill) Denton, Jr., Principal Architect
William S. Denton, Jr. & Associates, Inc.

Educational Background
William S. Denton, Jr. was educated at East High School, Knoxville, Tennessee and the
University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio where he
received a degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture achieved simultaneously with
the co-operative education degree program in architecture in June 1965. He was a member of the Acacia Fraternity and was a recipient of scholarship awards, including a
post graduate fellowship in community planning at Manchester University, Manchester,
England. He was included on the Deans List 1963-1965.

Employment History
After college graduation, William S. Denton began practicing architecture under well known architect, Hubert Bebb in Gatlinburg and Morristown. A partnership with George Price was formed in 1966, creating the firm Price-Denton Associates located in Morristown. In 1970, Mr. Denton joined the architectural firm of Community Tectonics, Inc. In 1974, he was elected president of the firm. With this wealth of design and project
management experience, Mr. Denton founded hi own firm in January 1983. The firm,
located in Morristown, specializes in architecture, planning, and interior design services.

Career Accomplishments
During his architectural career, Mr. Denton has served as Project Architect on many diverse architectural projects. Mr. Denton’s vast experience includes the design of fifty public schools, numerous hotels, professional buildings, churches, and master planning projects ranging from regional shopping and business centers to large scale residential and resort developments. His achievements include the following:

▪ Design and development leadership for the Sunsphere, theme
structure for the 1982’s World’s Fair

▪ Principal Architect for three consecutive Tennessee School of the Year
award winning buildings

▪ Principal Architect for the first Tennessee College Campus developed
from a Master Plan and its subsequent buildings from 1972-1992.

▪ Principal Architect for over 25,000 rooms of hospitality architecture

▪ Principal Architect for the first commercial solar facility in East Tennessee

Memberships and Other Interests
Mr. Denton is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
(NCARB). He is a founding member of the Walters State Community College Foundation and past director of the Morristown Chamber of Commerce and Morristown
Boys Club. He served on the Morristown Planning Commission for ten years and assisted in the formulation of zoning ordinances for several communities.

Mr. Denton is a member of St. James Episcopal Church where he is an ordained Stephens
Minister. Mr. Denton is, also, a British sports car enthusiast and is a member of the Smoky Mountain Austin Healey Club.

Personal Data
Mr. Denton is married to the former Denise Wilie from Atlanta, GA, who works with him in the firm as a registered interior designer. They reside in Sevierville. He is the father of
three sons: Randy, age 42, Billy, age 36, and Casey, age 34. Mr. Denton’s mother, Jeanne, is still active at the age of 82 and resides in Knoxville.

Sunsphere Event Makes the News

The first annual “Tribute to the Sunsphere” was held at the Knoxville’s most recognizable landmark on July 28th. The event and luncheon were hosted by Southern Graces and Event Planners, with radio talk show host Bill Lindley acting as Master of Ceremonies. Numerous local candidates and office holders were in attendance (including Sherriff JJ Jones, and the mayor of Knoxville during the 1982 World’s fair, Randy Tyree), as well as youngsters from the Emerald Youth Foundation, Martha Rose Woodward (author of “Knoxville’s Sunsphere Biography of a Landmark”), and members of the general public. After Chaplain Bruce Spangler’s reverent prayer, the Salute America: There’s a Winner in You, Extra Effort Award was presented by Mr. Lindley to the event’s guest of honor, Sunsphere architect William Denton. With support from Senator Tim and Allison Burchett, copies of Ms. Woodward’s book were presented to the Emerald Youth Foundation attendees.

The audience was enthralled by the stories of struggle told by William Denton, an east Tennessee native who worked as the chief architect for the sphere. Taking inspiration from structures such as the Crystal Palace in England and the Space Needle in Seattle, as well as from the sun (the 1982 World’s Fair was originally called the Knoxville International Energy Exposition), Mr. Denton and co-architects Hubert Bebb and Don Shell created images of possible theme structures. Their firm, Community Tectonics, persevered through late hours, financing difficulties, building code challenges, poor soil samples at the site, and hundreds of other issues. The Fair Committee gave approval for the Sunsphere concept on March 14th, 1980, and all loans for the privately-funded structure were approved on August 12th of that year. Mr. Denton credited many with making the Sunsphere happen, but gave particular credit to Jesse Barr, who coordinated the financing. Eighteen months were now left to officially design and build the Sunsphere.

The Sunspere is the first heated and cooled spherical building on the planet, and Mr. Denton described it as an “icon to the city”. The sphere has a 74 foot radius, and no piece of steel used in its construction was “custom”. The perfect dark blue color paint was needed for the exterior of the structure; Mr. Denton took multiple pictures of the east Tennessee skyline, and fourteen different blues were selected and compared. The 360 window panes were a particular challenge to locate, and were created with the safety of visitors at the forefront. The panes below the equator are laminated on the inside, and tempered on the outside. The panes above the equator are the opposite. There is also 14 karat gold in the glass. The structure is anchored to a large wheel underground, so while the Sunsphere will move slightly in a storm, there is enough weight at the bottom to keep it upright.

The Sunsphere is now owned by the city of Knoxville, and is a public building for the residents to enjoy. Mr. Denton concluded his presentation, and former mayor Randy Tyree and Sunsphere project participant Jesse Barr joined Mr. Denton at the podium for an enthusiast round of applause from the attendees. For those interested in a thorough and highly enjoyable history regarding the structure, Martha Rose Woodward’s 2007 book is recommended.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sheriff J J Jones and Rep. Bill Dunn

1982 World's Fair

1982 World's Fair Book Contract

I signed a contract last week with Arcadia Publishers in South Carolina to write a book about the 1982 World's Fair.

Friday, July 25, 2008

World's Fair Book upcoming

I am writing a book about the 1982 World's Fair.

July 25, 2008

I am working on a book about the 1982 World's Fair.

Martha Rose and Doug

WORLD"S FAIR BOOK Contract signed

I have begun work on a book for Arcadia Publisher's from South Carolina on a book in their "Images of America" series of history books. The book they hired me to write is "Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair". I need real photos (not sent by e mail) for this book. Anyone who has real photos who wants to share, please call or write 865 951 0319 or

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Martha's next speaking engagement

Martha will be speaking at Carpre Librum Bookstore on Saturday, August 23, at 2 p.m. and presenting a slide show and dvd about the Sunsphere. A great time to bring your children, meet Martha, and buy a book.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Writers' Guild hosts Open Mike Night

The July 3rd meeting for the Knoxville Writers' Guild was a big success as any member who wanted to was given 4 minutes to take to the microphone to read a selection from his/her own writing. Many poems were read as well as narrative descriptions or portins of novels.

Photos to come.

Knoxville Writers' Guild

Monday, June 30, 2008


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Writing a novel

Martha Rose is currently working on her novel. It should be published later this year.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Coulter & Justus Financial Services; Dawn Skeans

Dawn L. Skeans, RPsm
Coulter & Justus Financial Services, LLC
900 S. Gay Street, Ste. 700, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
865-637-4161, Ext. 115 Fax: 865-524-2952

“Securities offered through SECURITIES AMERICA, INC., Member FINRA/SIPC, Larry Beeman, Registered Principal, J. Mark King and John Majors, Registered Representatives. Advisory services offered through Coulter & Justus Financial Services, LLC dba Investment Planning Services, Larry Beeman, J. Mark King and John Majors, Investment Advisor Representatives. Coulter & Justus Financial Services, LLC dba Investment Planning Services and Securities America, Inc are separate entities.

June 21, 2008

Martha spoke to an audience of 150 at the Sunsphere about the history of the Sunsphere and how she came to write her book, Knoxville's Sunsphere; Biography of a Landmark. She was well received.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Martha buys a lap top

Well friends, I have needed a lap top in my work for a year now, so, today, I did it, I bought a Gateway, 3 gb, lap top with enough bells and whistles to keep me happy.

Friends of the Library

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Historic lecture

come here a lecture about the Sunsphere, in the Sunsphere, on July 28, 2008, lunch 11-l

call for ticket 865 951 0319

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Martha's speaking at the Sunsphere, June 21, 2008

Dawn L. Skeans, RPsm
Coulter & Justus Financial Services, LLC
900 S. Gay Street, Ste. 700, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
865-637-4161, Ext. 115 Fax: 865-524-2952


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Come hear a lecture at the Sunsphere

Sunsphere Lecture Series

Who? Anyone can attend

What? Luncheon at the Sunsphere
Lecture about the Sunsphere

Where? 6th floor inside the golden ball

When? Monday, July 28, 2008 11 a.m. –1 p.m.

Details: call for price order your ticket soon; space is limited
Contact: or phone 865 951 0319