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Dr. James Brooks

An award-winning feature writer and columnist, James Brooks began writing for the Johnson City Press with a story on the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department in 1986; in 2001, he published a novel, Comeback of the Bears. He has traveled much of the world on bird-watching trips and met his wife, Janeth, in the Philippines in 2005. They live with two cats at Bear Run, near Jonesborough, the setting for his column, "The Wild Life."