Athens is seeking an Athena to help serve up a world record during a quirky food festival that encourages toga wearing and splurging occasionally.
The third annual Athens Grease Festival hosted by the Spirit of Athens has been approved by the Guinness Book of World Records to attempt a record for world’s largest toga party.
“How can we attempt to throw the largest toga party without an Athena?” asked Grease Festival Chairwoman Betsy Hyman.
Athena of Greece was known as a wise goddess who loved and protected the City of Athens, could be a warrior, had a creative side and had interest in the arts, crafts and agriculture.
Last year, to honor its Athens, Ala., version, the Spirit of Athens created Athena – Grease Goddess to lead the opening ceremonies, meet and greet guests and to be honored for her community work in Athens. Festival organizers provide Athena with a toga, torch and for a Southern touch, a beauty queen sash made from burlap.
2013 Athena - Grease Goddess Helen Carter
“My idea was a woman who has similar qualities as the Greek Athena, a woman who protects our community because she has a willingness to give back to the City of Athens,” said Athens Grease Festival Promotions Chairwoman Holly Hollman.
The Athens Historic Preservation Commission will meet on Tuesday, September 9th 2104 in the Public Works Building located at 1800 Elm Street West
A work session will begin at 5:30pm with the regular session at 5:45pm
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.
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.
San Francisco, CA (June 25, 2014) – NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the best places for homeownership in Alabama – and Athens made the list.
As renting becomes less affordable, NerdWallet wanted to give potential homebuyers a look at the current housing market. NerdWallet based its rankings on the following criteria:
• Homeownership rate
• Selected monthly homeowner costs
• Monthly household income
• Population growth