About TSG Chattanooga Editors Rodney Simmons and Billy Woodall:
TSG Chattanooga Co-Editor Rodney Simmons was born and raised in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, and launched a career in fashion while still in high school.
After nearly a decade in New York working for men’s clothing labels Ralph Lauren and JJ. Farmer, Rodney returned to Tennessee to become part of Chattanooga’s amazing renaissance. There, Rodney and partner Billy Woodall created Revival, a nationally acclaimed emporium of antiquities, upholstery, lighting, casegoods, luxury gifts, and interior design.
TSG Co-Editor Billy Woodall, a native of north Alabama’s rolling hills, is a Southerner who immerses himself in a love for collegiate sports, delights in food and wine, and has wanderlust for world travel. After a two-decade financial career in industrial/commercial construction, Billy joined his partner Rodney full-time in creating the home emporium and design studio, Revival.
These Tennessee co-editors have a great passion for the re-birth and evolution of Chattanooga, and The Scout Guide provides the perfect venue for their adopted city’s creative community, adventuresome spirit, and extraordinary quality of life.
Rodney and Billy reside in a beloved old house with rambling green gardens atop historic Missionary Ridge, holding vigil over the Chattanooga Valley.
Rodney and Billy’s Three Favorite Reasons to Visit Chattanooga:
- Adventure and Outdoors. “Chattanooga is repeatedly lauded as the ‘Best Outdoor City’ for great reason! A verdant-and-varied Tennessee landscape affords myriad adventures—world-renowned bouldering and rock climbing, Olympic-worthy white water sports, and gentle-to-challenging hikes. Don’t miss gorgeous sunrise and sunset views from atop mountaintops or from the banks of the mighty Tennessee River.”
- Arts and Culture. “An amazing creative community defines the 21st century Chattanooga, including art, music, and shopping. Incredible public sculpture, myriad galleries, and the world-class Hunter Museum of American Art beckon the art-lover and artist alike. Music events like the week-long RiverBend, the Nightfall Summer Series, and Three Sisters Bluegrass create a must-hear schedule. And nationally acclaimed retail boutiques shoulder alongside quirky shops all around the city.”
- Food and Wine. “Farm-to-table eateries, dimly-lit dives, supper clubs, and James Beard Award-lauded restaurants commingle for an abundant food-and-wine scene. Chattanooga is made especially delicious with the not-to-be-missed whiskey, craft cocktail, and artisanal beer community!”
Words Rodney and Billy Live By:
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” —from On the Road by Jack Kerouac