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Athens approved for $250,000 grant to turn chicken plant site into a park

January 11, 2023

ATHENS-The City of Athens will utilize a $250,000 grant from Dekko Foundation to turn an abandoned chicken plant site into a park featuring a splash pad and all-inclusive playground.   In 2009, Pilgrim’s Pride, located on 32 acres on Pryor Street closed its doors and walked away – leaving 600-plus without jobs and an eyesore […]


Lt. Charlie Clem Retires After 22 years Service With APD

December 31, 2022

ATHENS-Mr. Fix It. The Go To Guy. That’s how Chief Johnson described Lt. Charlie Clem, who celebrated his retirement from Athens Police Dept. today. His official retirement date is Jan. 1, 2023. He is retiring with 22 years of service. Friends shared stories, such as Lt. Clem putting a car tag on for a lady […]


Athens Police Issue Christmas Challenge

December 23, 2022

ATHENS-Shoppers in Downtown Athens received a police-issued Christmas challenge on Tuesday, December 20 – do a good deed. The family of Levi Hays, a local student who died in August, gave APD a bag of socks. Each pair had a candy cane and a Christmas challenge, such as pick up litter, say hello to everyone […]


Elves on patrol in Athens Christmas Day

December 22, 2022

ATHENS-Athens police officers are making preparations to assist Santa with toy deliveries. Just as they’ve done the past few years, Athens officers will assume elf duties and help distribute toys to children they see on Christmas Day. The Police Department appreciate TBAKI for supporting them and Santa with this special mission. TBAKI donated toys to […]


Ukraine project and Athens Youth Commission

December 19, 2022

ATHENS-There is creativity amid chaos, and hope amid war. That’s the message learned from a visit today with Mila Zsidisin, a former UAH educator who is originally from Ukraine. She met with Youth Commissioner Emma Lovell, the representatives from the Mayor’s Office and Limestone Area Community Foundation. Youth Commissioners collected 358 pairs of socks and […]


Athens industry helps fund project for first responders

December 13, 2022

ATHENS-TBAKI, an Athens industry that is an automotive manufacturer of seats and supplier for the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, is helping local first responders better respond to vehicle emergencies. When first responders arrive at a motor vehicle accident, the scene can be chaotic. If the accident involves a child or adult with a special need who […]


Student design’s Athens Mayor’s Office Christmas Card

December 10, 2022

ATHENS-Athens Mayor’s Youth Commissioner Emma Lovell created this year’s Christmas card for the Mayor’s Office. She drew the Swan Creek Greenway covered bridge surrounded by a Christmas wreath with cardinals. Emma has created thank you cards for Youth Commission mentors and won art contests, so the Mayor’s Office knew she would do a wonderful job. […]


Bridging the gap with senior citizens and youth

December 9, 2022

ATHENS-This year the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission started a new program called Senior Buddies. The Youth Commissioners adopted seniors who regularly attend the Athens Activity Center and send them notes, goody bags, etc. Youth Commissioner Alondra Salgado of Athens High School adopted Paul Irons. She wrote him a note and he wrote to her on […]


Shop with a Firefighter Fundraiser…Athens Fire Rescue Auxilia Annual Fundraiser

November 17, 2022

  ATHENS-Our main purpose in fundraising is to carry under-privileged children Christmas shopping. We call this event SHOPPING WITH A FIREFIGHTER: School counselors within the county select a family they feel expresses the need to participate in this event. Each family will have a split between clothes and toys. They can elect to spend their […]


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, SITE PARTNER and National Fitness Campaign Make Fitness Free for Everyone in CITY

October 28, 2022

ATHENS-Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, the City of Athens, and National Fitness Campaign (NFC) today announced a partnership to bring an outdoor Fitness Court® to Athens. The Fitness Court, located at the Sportsplex on U.S. 31 will open Friday, Oct. 28, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This Fitness Court was developed by Blue Cross […]


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