A band director won a fundraising challenge to swap her baton and podium for the mayor’s seat.
East Limestone Band Director Jennifer “Miss Sam” Janzen raised $1,000 in tips at Tuesday’s City of Athens Relay for Life Celebrity Waiters Night at Applebee’s. Janzen competed against five Celebrity Waiters including Mayor Ronnie Marks to raise the most in tips. She had challenged Marks that if she beat him, he had to sub for her one day, and she got to be mayor.
Mayor Marks arrived at his home today to discover the City of Athens Relay for Life Team had rolled his yard in purple crepe paper and white toilet paper to celebrate his proclamation signing for Paint the Town Purple Week.
Saturday will kick off ball season in Athens with more than 1,000 children starting their seasons in baseball, softball and soccer.
The City of Athens Parks and Recreation Department will hold Opening Day ceremonies Saturday, April 2, at the Sportsplex on U.S. 31 for baseball at 9 a.m. and softball at 10:30 a.m. The Opening Day festivities will include each baseball and softball team parading the field with signs, balloons, and more to celebrate the season’s start.
The All Kids Dugout - the new name for the Kids Dugout at the Sportsplex - is nearing completion. An addition that will help provide recreation for kids of all abilities is being added to make this an all inclusive playground.
The playground is being funded by a LWCF grant through ADECA and the city with assistance from Morell Engineering. The playground includes a wheelchair accessible swing, expression swings, and a merry-go-all.
Mayor Ronnie Marks said this is the first step in providing recreation for kids of all needs with plans to expand opportunities as funding becomes available.
The Athens City Council will meet on Monday, April 25th in the Police Station located at 951 Hobbs Street East. A work session will begin at 5:00pm with the regular session at 5:30pm.
UPDATE: Funeral will be Saturday, April 2, at 2:30 p.m. at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church.
Jimmy Gill was the type of man who grew vegetables and shared them with friends, told funny stories about his dog Roscoe and would dress as a pirate for a good cause.
He was also the kind of man for whom community service meant serving his city in various roles from city council to interim mayor to volunteer.
Today, March 27, 2016, on Easter Sunday, Gill died from his second battle with cancer.
Gill, who turned 68 on March 21, was first elected to the City County in 1992, and was one of the longest serving city council members in the state.
“Today we lost a good servant for the City of Athens and a good friend,” Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “Jimmy is going to be missed by all of us, but he would challenge us to keep moving forward and to find a good person to fill his role to keep the work going.”
During his tenure on the Athens City Council, there were two projects special to Gill that he was determined to see to fruition: the renovation and preservation of Fort Henderson/Trinity School and a park for citizens living south of U.S. 72.