Athens is hosting the Smithsonian Exhibit "The Way We Worked" from 10-5 at the Limestone County Event Center (closed Sundays). 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.
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.
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.
The Athens Planning Commission will hold public hearings on the following items at their regular meeting on October 21, 2014, at 5:45 p.m. This meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers AT THE ATHENS POLICE DEPARTMENT at 951 Hobbs Street following a 5:00 p.m. work session.
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.
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.
Athens Fire and Rescue can better respond to emergencies on railroads, walking trails and tornado disaster sites with its new all-terrain vehicle with a trailer and 75-gallon water tank with pump.
The department received a total of $25,000 in TVA-in-lieu-of-tax grants to fund the purchase. Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, and Rep. Dan Williams, R-Athens, each gave a $12,500 grant to fund the equipment.