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Updated City of Athens COVID-19 protocols

January 5, 2021

ATHENS-Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks is working with department heads to ensure the safety of employees and citizens as local COVID-19 numbers rise.   According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, Limestone County is a high-risk county with 1,042 cases in the last 14 days. Athens-Limestone Hospital reported at the end of December it had […]


Children describe their wishes for Athens through art

December 24, 2020

ATHENS-Students who wish to share Christmas with friends and family, to have a litter free community and to see people acting nice and friendly were the top winners in a recent Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission art contest.   The Youth Commission, comprised of high school students, conducts a reoccurring art contest for city and county […]


Athens police sergeant receives surprise award for ensuring seniors enjoy Christmas

December 16, 2020

ATHENS-Athens Police Sgt. Katrina Flanagan received a surprise award tonight (Monday, Dec. 14) during the Athens City Council meeting.   Chief Floyd Johnson tricked her into attending, and to her surprise, she received a commendation for heroism, or a Hero’s Award, from the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Johnson nominated […]


TVA and Athens Utilities give support community agencies

December 13, 2020

  ATHENS-Christmas arrived early for some non-profit agencies in Athens and Limestone County.   The Tennessee Valley Authority recently announced a second round of Cares funding for non-profit agencies. TVA partnered with local power companies like Athens Utilities to provide these funds to support local initiatives that benefit communities.   For this second round, TVA […]


Athens receives grant to expand sidewalks, add pedestrian bridge on Elm Street

November 28, 2020

ATHENS-The City of Athens is receiving a $640,000 grant to expand sidewalks and add a pedestrian bridge on Elm Street to address safety concerns in that congested area.   Governor Kay Ivey notified the city the funding is coming from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Elm Street, also known as the state highway Alabama 99, […]


Athens Fire investigating two structure fires

November 10, 2020

ATHENS-Athens Fire and Rescue responded today (Tuesday, Nov. 10) to a structure fire call where the witness reported hearing an explosion. Interim Fire Chief James Hand said the crew at Station 2 is close enough to the site that firefighters saw the structure fully engulfed as they geared up to respond. The fire occurred in […]


Athens secures additional grant money for Swan Creek Greenway

November 1, 2020

  ATHENS-The City of Athens continues to secure grant funding for the Swan Creek Greenway, a National Recreation Trail.   The Mayor’s Office received approval for two grants from funders that promote quality of life projects. One is a $5,000 grant from Walmart to make improvements to the trailhead under construction south of U.S. 72 […]


Encouragement extends beyond boundaries and a pandemic

October 10, 2020

ATHENS-Kindness is making trips “across the pond” during the COVID-19 pandemic as the Sister Cities of Athens, Ala., and Stonehaven, Scotland, are sharing cards and gifts of encouragement with their communities’ senior citizens.   Earlier this year, members of the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission, Mayor’s Office, Athens-Limestone Tourism Association and the community sent cards of […]


Relay Teams supporting ‘the gift of life’ through Red Cross blood drive

September 25, 2020

ATHENS-Two Limestone County based Relay for Life Teams are supporting a joint effort between the American Red Cross and American Cancer Society to provide the gift of life.   On Sept. 29, the County for a Cure Team and City of Athens Relay Team are supporting a Red Cross blood drive at the Beasley Center […]


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 […]


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