FRED BROWN, retired Senior Writer for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, was a working journalist for more than 45 years and is a member of the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors Malcolm Law Trophy for Feature Writing and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan (1983-84). He was named to the Friends of Literacy East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame for excellence in journalism in 2008.

Brown is still a contributing writer to the Knoxville News Sentinel and other publications.

Writer Fred Brown

View video of Fred speaking to
Briceville students about what reading
means to his life:
Writer Fred Brown
speaks to students-VIDEO
"Reading will expand your mind
and expand your heart."

Besides his columns and stories for the News Sentinel, his publications include The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith, published by John F. Blair Publishers, Winston-Salem, N.C., May, 2000 and Growing Up Southern (Apocryphal Press) both co-authored with his wife, Jeanne McDonald.

Among his numerous other nonfiction books are Exploring October Roads, with Harry Moore. His most recently published book is Marking Time: The Stories behind East Tennessee’s Historical Markers.

Read the stories linked below that Fred has written over the years about Coal Creek and its history --

The Knoxville News Sentinel 5/12/02
Oh God, for one more breath
The Knoxville News Sentinel 5/20/02
Remembering Fraterville's dead
The Knoxville News Sentinel 12/15/02
Life is tough row along Coal Creek
The Knoxville News-Sentinel 11/02/03
Actors go deep for empathy
The Knoxville News Sentinel 11/15/03
Knox exec wins top honor for engineers
The Knoxville News-Sentinel 5/9/04
Prints of Wales
The Knoxville News Sentinel 06/13/05
Welsh traditions mold renowned Knox surgeon
The Knoxville News Sentinel 12/23/05
Land donation secures piece of mine history
The Knoxville News Sentinel 07/07/06
Battle for preservation
The Knoxville News Sentinel 03/10/08
Restoring forests at mines takes root
The Knoxville News Sentinel 03/15/08
Seeds of transformation
The Knoxville News Sentinel 10 December 2011
Unearthing memories (PDF)   and online at
Marking Time book excerpt by Fred Brown

The Knoxville News Sentinel 10 December 2012
Foundation helps kids in Coal Creek area

Fred Brown -- Coal Creek Miners Museum to preserve county's cultural history  8 September 2013
The Knoxville News Sentinel 18 December 2014
Starfish award presented to Coal Creek Watershed Foundation member

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