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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 […]

Athens Residences of Norton Drive thanks postal and sanitation workers

May 14, 2020

ATHENS-Norton Drive residents wanted to show their appreciation to the mail carriers and sanitation works by putting thank you signs in their front yards. “We are so grateful for their faithfulness in picking up our garbage and trash every week, and delivering our mail every day,” Helen Greenhaw said. She also thanked Athens Sign Company […]

Athens Police Memorial will be online video honoring 9 in the line of duty deaths

May 13, 2020

ATHENS-The annual Athens Police Memorial typically held in Downtown Athens on the Thursday during National Police Week will be an online video this year that honors the nine in the line of duty deaths in Limestone County.   Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said because of concerns with social distancing in large gatherings, he did […]

Forrest Street bridges are open to traffic

May 9, 2020

ATHENS-The Forrest Street bridges opened to traffic on Thursday (May 7) at 2 p.m.   There was a short ribbon cutting to celebrate completion of the project, with Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Bryan Thornton and Athens Police Lt. Steve Moore driving over the bridge with lights and sirens after the ribbon cutting.   Here […]

Friday is Relay for Life Day in Athens and Limestone County

May 7, 2020

ATHENS-Despite COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, teams that make up Relay for Life of Limestone County are working to honor and remember those impacted by cancer.   The countywide Relay for Life event was supposed to be held Friday, May 8, with all the teams setting up tent sites, celebrating the campaign year and walking laps […]

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