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Classic. Southern. Characters.

July 29, 2020

ATHENS-Help Athens shine the spotlight on Classic. Southern. Characters. in Athens. When you see someone perform a good deed, send us a note/picture. Attached is an example: It could be the Delta Sigma Theta sorority picking up litter on Sanderfer Road; City employee T.J. Dendy rescuing an owl; Or artist Sonya Gordon volunteering her time […]


Athens Mayor Marks passing the gavel

July 25, 2020

ATHENS-During this week’s Alabama League of Municipalities Conference in Montgomery, Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks, who served as League President, passed the gavel to 2020-2021 League President Mayor Leigh Dollar of Guntersville. Dollar is the 5th female president in the League’s 85-year history. “Serving as League President provided me an opportunity to network with our legislators […]


COVID-19 testing only drive-thru events in Athens

July 11, 2020

ATHENS-Athens-Limestone Hospital and local entities will offer a COVID-19 testing only drive-thru event from 8 a.m. to noon on: July 15 July 16 July 22 July 23The event will be at the City’s Sportsplex on U.S. 31. Click the attached flyer for information, and to save time, please print the attached patient form to complete […]


Athens employees help owl covered in sludge

June 27, 2020

ATHENS-City of Athens employees helped rescue an owl last week that got into the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s sludge lagoon.   Virgil White, the treatment plant superintendent, said Athens Utilities’ employee Allen Hill found the owl covered in what looked to be dried sludge. Employees T.J. Dendy and Jonathan Humphries caught the owl and washed away […]


Athens Fire Chief Thornton retires

June 1, 2020

ATHENS-Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Bryan Thornton said goodbye on Friday, May 29 at a retirement reception in Athens. Thornton served with Athens Fire for 24 years and also volunteered in the community with the City of Athens Relay for Life Team, Poke Sallet Follies and other organizations. Mayor Ronnie Marks presented Thornton a key […]


City of Athens partially opens recreation, extends grace period on disconnects

May 29, 2020

ATHENS-The following are a list of COVID-19 protocols related to the City of Athens that Mayor Ronnie Marks updated on May 27.   “We continue to monitor the number of local and statewide cases and implement ways to provide services in the safest manner possible,” Marks said.   City of Athens facilities The City of […]


TVA and Athens Electric supporting agencies helping Limestone County recover

May 28, 2020

ATHENS-Supporting at-risk students, providing healthcare equipment and assisting recycling services are among the locally-based initiatives receiving money through the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Community Care Fund.   TVA partnered with local power companies like Athens Utilities to provide funds to support local initiatives that address hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. TVA allocated $20,000 for Limestone […]


Athens Youth Commission scholarships winners

May 24, 2020

ATHENS-Congratulations to  Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission Scholarship winners. The Youth Commission utilized some of its funding from Dekko Foundation for a scholarship for a graduating member. Initially the group set up $500 for a scholarship. However, the group accepted grant proposals from non-profits with a project that will benefit Athens, and in order to fund […]


Athens names interim chief for Athens Fire and Rescue

May 20, 2020

ATHENS-James Hand will serve as interim fire chief upon the retirement of Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Bryan Thornton. Thornton is retiring at the end of this month. Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks announced on Monday, May 18 that Hand will serve as interim. Hand is starting his 19th year with the department. He has served […]


City of Athens updates COVID-19 protocols for court, recreation and disconnects

May 16, 2020

ATHENS-The following are a list of updated COVID-19 protocols related to the City of Athens.   City of Athens facilities The City of Athens continues to make improvements to its facilities to limit exposure risks for staff and citizens, such as installing glass barriers at counters. In order to complete these improvements, City of Athens […]


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