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FRED BROWN is a retired Senior Writer for The Knoxville News-Sentinel. He has been a journalist for 45 years and is a member of the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Malcolm Law Trophy for Feature Writing and in 1983 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism to study at the University of Michigan. He has published both fiction and nonfiction. Brown has a B. A. Degree in English Literature from Presbyterian College. Other highlights of his career include: Books and Stories Authored: Marking Time: East Tennessee Historical Markers and the Stories Behind Them, published by The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tenn. 2005. Discovering October Roads: Fall Colors and Geology in Rural East Tennessee, published by The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tenn., 2001. Co-authored with Harry Moore. The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith, published by John F. Blair Publishers, Winston-Salem, N.C., May, 2000. Co-authored with his wife, Jeanne McDonald. Growing Up Southern: How the South Shapes Writers, published by Emerald House/Blue Ridge Publishing, Fall, 1997. Co-authored with his wife, Jeanne McDonald "We Can Eat Sparrows," New Millennium Writings, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Fall & Winter, 1996. "The Devil's Roost," Voices From the Valley, Knoxville Writer's Guild anthology, 1994. Snake-Handling Believers, 2 chapters in book by Dr. Thomas Burton, University of Tennessee Press, 1993. History of Commission on Religion in Appalachia, 1992-93. "Seniors: Telling Tales to Life's Upperclassmen," Storytelling Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 4, fall 1992. Coker Creek, Crossroads to History, history of a mountain community and its people near Tennessee-Georgia border, 1991. "Character Building," Storytelling Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, fall 1991. The Faces of East Tennessee, a history of East Tennessee Counties, 1990. "Tillman Cadle, Memories of the Coalfields," Now and Then, The Appalachian Magazine, Center for Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University, Vol. 7, No. 7, fall 1990. Trader Jon, a biography; Castle Books, Memphis, 1986. "Mining Reform," Sierra, Vol. 71, No. 5, September/October 1986.

Ferrying Wings of War

By Fred Brown, © 2010 MARYVILLE, Tenn.–With the winds of war blowing across America, the military turned to a group of groundbreaking women to ferry the wings of war to their last destinations before heading overseas for aerial combat duty. … Continue reading

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The Venable Boys

Rafe Venable kicked a fat rock in the red  dirt road.  It  scooted like a frightened jackrabbit into a ditch and disappeared in a miniature whirling dust storm. Most every morning he walked  the mile from his shotgun, sideboard house … Continue reading

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Low Middling

© 2008 I was sitting in Mrs. Hancock’s sixth-grade geography class when Tommy Joe told me the news. Bobby Cook shot himself in a hunting accident and died alone in the woods. It was like someone had stuck me with … Continue reading

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Night Crawlers, Chapters 1-3

CHAPTER ONE BY FRED BROWN, © 2009 Al Buck looked across the hard, gray and black terrain. Not much different from the training, he thought. Only just a little more rocky. The boys would do fine here. The exercises had … Continue reading

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East Tennessee Chronicles 1990s-Present

By Fred Brown East Tennessee Chronicles, written in conjunction with the East Tennessee Historical Society. Wright Brothers Find a Little Wing Lift from East Tennessean Edward Chalmers Huffaker was, by all accounts, a gentle man, but he had his quirks, … Continue reading

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Zelophehad’s Daughters

Christmas 1995 By Fred Brown Grandmother Mary Lamont, whom everyone called Maudie, grew up solid on her family’s land. The land in the sand country of South Georgia with its spindly pines, long summers and lush nights, had been in the Lamont … Continue reading

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Warwoman’s Choice

Christmas 1992 By Fred Brown Unega, a young warrior, fiercely painted, peered from the forest. His dark eyes focused on the man and woman who were talking in front of the log cabin. It was mid-afternoon and the sun cast … Continue reading

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