KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Journalist and author Carson Brewer, who wrote passionately about East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains for more than five decades, died Wednesday following a lengthy illness. He was 82.
A retired columnist for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Brewer suffered from Parkinson's disease and died of complications from pneumonia at St. Mary's Hospital.
He also wrote four books, including Day Hikes of the Smokies, a classic hiking guide recently reissued to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association.
"Carson Brewer's gift has been that he's made the trails of the Smokies come alive for those who have never hiked them and those who hike them every week," said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
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