About TSG Knoxville & The Smokies Editor Bebe Vogel:
Bebe Vogel was born and raised in the charming village of Northport on Long Island, New York, and lived there until 1982, when her fiancé took a position with a company in Knoxville. She’d never even been to Tennessee before, and told herself it was only temporary. That was more than 30 years ago.
Bebe quickly fell in love with the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee’s many rivers and lakes, but stayed because of the people who live in the community and make it feel like home. In Knoxville, Bebe worked with various non-profits, was a substitute teacher at her children’s school, and was a frequent shopper at many locally owned businesses.
Passionate about her community, Bebe helped to brand and market what is now known as The District in Bearden. The success of The District sparked an interest in Bebe to share the stories of her community with everyone she can. She is honored to have The Scout Guide as a platform to tell the stories of the entire city of Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains.
Bebe and her husband, Charlie, reside in Holston Hills with their black lab and their regular weekend crew, which includes their two daughters and all four of their furry, four-legged grandbabies. When they’re not working, they spend time splashing in the Holston River, supporting the UT Vols (known to out-of-towners as the University of Tennessee Volunteers), and catching local musicians around town.
Bebe’s Three Favorite Reasons to Visit Knoxville:
- The Scenery. “Every backyard in this city reveals a picturesque view of the Smoky Mountains. Our glassy rivers and lakes offer the best boating and paddle boarding, and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, we have downriver tubing and rafting!”
- Arts and Culture. “We are home to a town center that offers free live music and movies every week, First Friday art shows, the Knoxville Museum of Art, many history museums showcasing Knoxville and the Smokies, our beautiful and historic Tennessee Theatre, and of course, the UT Vols!”
- Food and Beer. “Knoxville is the up-and-coming hotspot for local beer. We have a variety of breweries offering delicious, hand-crafted beers that you’ll only find here in the Knoxville area and the Smokies. We also have award-winning chefs, delicious barbeque, and a plethora of farm-to-table restaurants and food trucks.”
Words Bebe lives by:
“If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.” —Dolly Parton