Politician on purple potty to urge Athenians to help ‘flush away cancer’
Mayor Ronnie Marks did not hesitate when asked to sit on a portable purple potty right on the Athens Utilities lawn.
Ina Holland, Relay for Life – Limestone County event chairwoman, said Marks may have been looking forward to it.
“I saw him a few weeks before at Swamp John’s (city team fundraiser), and he asked me, ‘When do you want me back on the toilet?’” Holland said.
Last year Marks sat on a porcelain purple potty in his front yard.
“If I have to sit on a purple potty to get people’s attention when it comes to fighting cancer, then I’m not hesitating to sit on a purple potty,” said Marks, who lost a brother to cancer.
The company is training the Afghan National Army how to operate and maintain heavy engineer equipment. Employees with the City of Athens started immediately donating items for care packages for Waddell and the members of his company. Some of the city's vendors also donated items. Employees have covered the cost of shipping through donations. So far the city has sent six care packages and has boxed up five more that should go out this week. Items donated include Girl Scout cookies, coffee and creamer, shaving cream, body wash, baby wipes, drink mix, hand sanitizer, lip balm, cooling wraps, lotion and Q-Tips.
Waddell sent an email that said in part:
Our Town Series
The Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning is offering a program called "Our Town." Even if you have lived in Athens all your life, this series will introduce you to your city. This is your chance to find out why things happen the way they do at City Hall and how your officials are working for you. Join us for pie and discussion as we get to know our city better.
Planning the City’s Future
Instructor: Mac Martin, City Planner
Why don’t we have an Olive Garden here? Find out what it takes to recruit retailers and grow our city. Understand what part you play in the decision making process and how the city plans for future growth and services.
Tue | | CLL
New Ways to Protect and Serve
Instructor: Chief Floyd Johnson
Learn how cameras, bikes, and Facebook are helping the police fight crime. Chief Johnson will tell you how the police are helping neighborhoods become safer.
Tue | | CLL
The annual City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament will be May 10, 2014, at safe light until 3 p.m. Money raised goes to the American Cancer Society. Lunch provided, T-shirt provided to those who pre-register, door prizes and cash prizes for 1st through 10th place.
The city will start accepting registrations on March 15.
You can register at Active.com (cost includes fee) at: Active.com Bass Fishing Registration
Or you can print your form here and mail it or deliver it to Athens Utilities on Wilkinson Street: Registration Form
The City of Athens has won a 2014 Municipal Quality of Life Award for a program that saves money, improves the environment and decreases dependency on foreign fuel.
The Alabama League of Municipalities chose Athens and its compressed natural gas program among the entries for cities with a population over 12,001. Athens is the only city between Nashville and Birmingham that offers a public CNG station on the Interstate 65 Corridor.
The League will create a video highlighting the city, the Athens Gas Department and the public CNG station. The city will receive recognition on May 3 at the League of Municipalities Convention in Mobile.
“We are excited to be recognized by the League of Municipalities for the Quality of Life Award with our efforts of going green and CNG,” Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “The League of Municipalities represents over 300 cities and towns throughout the State of Alabama and to receive such an award is another example of the great work that is being done in our community.”
The Athens Gas Department installed a sign on U.S. 31 for the public compressed natural gas station and the Sportsplex.