The kick-off for Athens hosting the Smithsonian Exhibit "The Way We Worked" is Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10-5, at the Limestone County Event Center. This is a free exhibit and includes local information as well as information provided by the Smithsonian. See a film made from interviews of locals like veterinarians, farmers, police, and others talking about working life for their families in Athens and Limestone County.
The exhibit will be at the center through Nov. 8.
1. Farming and homemaking-the people who came here, both slave and free, to work the earth and build their families
2. Local business and healthcare-everything from the former tavern/trading post/inn on Jefferson, to businesses on the Square, to the first healthcare facilities up to our present hospital complex
3. Transportation and Industry- they came on foot, on horseback, by train, mule, or boat, and now via the highway system, and they brought the jobs with them
4. Public Service-Soldiers, politicians, first responders of all kinds, and those who make and enforce the law
5. Faith and education-those who developed our minds and spirits, as well as those of our future leaders
Local residents can also film their family's working history by inside "The Box" to answer questions.
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Register to race for a cure by running in the annual City of Athens Relay for Life Fit As A Fiddle 5K, held in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. The race is Oct. 4, 2014, with an 8 a.m. start at the Sportsplex.
Public safety officials in Limestone County announced Aug. 15, 2014, that Smart911 is now available to all citizens. Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household that can include any information they may want 9-1-1 call takers and first responders to have in the event of an emergency, then if they need to dial 9-1-1 their Safety Profile will immediately display on the call taker’s screen saving critical seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency.
The Athens City Council will meet Monday September 22nd 2014 in the Police Station located at 951 Hobbs Street East. A work session will begin at 4:30pm with the regular session at 5:30pm.
The Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association recently awarded the Athens Wastewater Treatment Plant its Best Operated Plant Award in the 5.1- to 10-Million gallons per day flow range.
The award was presented to Virgil White, superintendent of the city's wastewater treatment plant, during the Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association banquet held in July.
There will be a Special City Council Work Session and Meeting on in the Mayor's Conference Room. The purpose of the Work Session will be to discuss the DRAFT FY 2015 budgets for Police, Public Works, Cemetery, Parks and Recreation and Human Resources.
Athens Grease Festival organizers are frying up a batch of fun for this year’s third annual event, and the fun may put downtown Athens on the menu to make history.
In June, the Guinness Book of World Records approved a “Largest Toga Party” attempt by the Athens Grease Festival on Sept. 27.
“Our festival draws up to 5,000 people, so if everyone would wear a white toga, Athens could set this world record,” Spirit of Athens Director Trisha Black said.