Standing For The Fallen
Athens Fire and Rescue and the Athens Police Department, along with Mayor Ronnie Marks (a Vietnam veteran), are supporting the upcoming 9/11 Heroes Run. Signs will be made from this photo to honor the memories of the 343 firefighters and 60 police officers who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
You can see the signs on the run route. You will also see some of our firefighters running/walking in turnout gear and our police officers providing traffic control for the safety of runners.
If you haven't registered yet, you have until Aug. 31 to be guaranteed a race T-shirt. You can still register after Aug. 31. Use code CB1 and part of the proceeds will go to our Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives.
Click this link for more info and to register for the run: 9/11 Heroes Run Eventbrite Registration Link
There will be no recycling pick-up on Monday, Aug. 31, because it is a fifth Monday.
Although city offices are closed on Labor Day, recycling pick-up will run as scheduled on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.
The City of Athens will start work on its ATRIP grant project for Washington Street in August. The ATRIP project is resurfacing Washington Street from Hoffman Street to U.S. 72. That includes the stretch of Washington Street that runs through downtown Athens. The $920,000 project will be funded with $736,000 from the ATRIP grant. Limestone County has allocated $26,000 for the small section of the street that is not in the city limits.
During a July Athens City Council meeting, City Planner Mac Martin presented a work schedule for the downtown Athens section. Since the City of Athens has plans to make downtown more pedestrian friendly and handicap accessible, and Athens Utilities has to bore under the street to provide underground electricity to the Limestone County Courthouse, city crews will start this part of the project prior to paving.
The Athens Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the following item at a SPECIAL MEETING to be held on September 1, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be held AT THE ATHENS POLICE DEPARTMENT at 951 Hobbs Street following a 5:00 p.m. work session.
Athens is one of the top places in Alabama for first-time homebuyers.
NerdWallet, an online consumer advocate business, ranks Athens in the Top 20 for First-Time Homebuyers in Alabama. Athens ranked No. 20.
Here is a link to the rankings and story from NerdWallet: Story On NerdWallet's Rankings For First-Time Homebuyers
Roger Murrah, a talented wordsmith who was Broadcast Music Incorporated’s Songwriter of the Decade for the 1980s, found his poet’s voice in Athens, Alabama.
That voice reverberated through High Cotton Arts in downtown Athens on Tuesday, Aug. 4, as Roger Murrah, playing the family piano, performed a tune he co-wrote that aptly fit the venue, “High Cotton.” He performed the No. 1 hit, recorded by the group Alabama, to highlight his support of the arts in Athens and Limestone County with his “A High Cotton Homecoming.”
As part of “A High Cotton Homecoming,” the Murrah family is loaning the 1929 Howard piano to High Cotton Arts along with some of Roger Murrah’s awards. In addition, Roger Murrah will perform a benefit concert in October to help fund programs and the operation of High Cotton Arts.
Work to replace the bridge over French Mill Creek on Cambridge Lane is expected to start the week of June 29. Cambridge Lane from U.S. 72 to Newby Road will be closed to through traffic for approximately six months.
This is an ATRIP grant project.