Visit Knoxville Makes an Urban Guy Video

Paige Travis with Bob Deck, Co-hosting Tennessee Shines, Knoxville, December 2012

Paige Travis with Bob Deck, Co-hosting Tennessee Shines, Knoxville, December 2012

I can agree with the Grateful Dead: It’s been a long, strange trip. Just over three years ago Urban Woman and I moved to the center city. With some anxiety about the unknowns involved, we took a different course. I could not have predicted the specific contours of our new venture and I had no idea what a blog might be. A lot happened in the next three years, most of it documented on this site.

As the blog has grown in readership, I’ve met some absolutely phenomenal people. One of those people is Paige Travis who co-produces and co-hosts the Tennessee Shines concert series as well as working with Visit Knoxville to produce a series of videos promoting our city. She’s also worked in social media for Metropulse, AC Entertainment and Knox Ivi.

She asked me if I’d be willing to be have a video made of me talking about Knoxville and I jumped at the chance to talk about the city that I love. I met her on a delightful autumn afternoon and we talked, walked and drank (coffee) up and down Union Avenue for more than an hour, spending time in two of my favorite places, Union Avenue Books and Coffee and Chocolate. Brent Collier shot the footage and edited the piece. I’d met Brent when his very cool home in the  Old City (which is now for sale) was featured on the Knoxville Home Tour. So it felt like family and isn’t that the way it usually works around here?

I’m happy with the product. Obviously, I could find some quirks and physical anomalies about which to be self-conscious, but I’ll just say I think Brent captured my love for the city and that’s good enough, for me. The camera does add fifteen years, but otherwise, it’s me. Thanks to those guys for the work they are doing and I’m starting to think Visit Knoxville may be growing into what we’d hoped it could become.

The video is also on their site as well as on Youtube, but I’ve included it below for your viewing pleasure. You  might want to visit their site to see some of the other people they’ve featured, so far. So, I hope you enjoy my video. Meanwhile, I’m waiting to see what surprises the city hands me next.


  1. We are so glad you and Karen moved downtown and joined our wonderful little downtown community.

  2. John in Knoxville says

    This is so great! The video turned out fantastic. I agree with Mrs. Lyons, you are an asset to this city. Thanks for doing all that you do.

  3. I feel like I know you more now. Thanks for showing us this video. I add to thanks from other posters for you doing this blog. I love downtown and I love reading this blog.

  4. You’ve been co-opted by the man!


  5. Ah, coffee at the sidewalk table. Very Tony Soprano. Fitting.

  6. KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says

    Thanks everybody, for the kind words. I like to think I’m more Tony Soprano than co-opted by the man, but “what are you gonna do?”

  7. I echo everyone’s comments!
    The video is great, and it’s nice to see you get some recognition for all your hard work. It’s people like you that make Knoxville a better place.

  8. Nice video. I truly appreciate your blog. It allows me to see the on-goings of the city that I would otherwise miss. Thank you!

  9. says

    As one of your original readers, I must say that you do an extremely valuable job for all downtowners as well as the burbs and other cities. Your unbiased approach to downtown reporting makes your post one that I actually look forward to and enjoy reading each day. With the issuing of the building permit, I suspect I will see more of you and we can drink some coffee together again. Keep up the good work and Merry Christmas!

  10. jennifer corum says

    Thank you for your blog, sir! I enjoy reading it very much and your dedication to it is to be commended.

  11. Brent Collier says

    Thanks for spending a few hours with us. I had a great time shooting the video and thanks again for posting about our house!

  12. Rosalie Hadley says

    The video is wonderful and your blog makes me smile. We are proud to claim that we knew you before you became Knoxville’s Urban Guy. Please greet your Urban Woman for me! Merry Christmas!

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