City offices are closed until noon.
Due to unsafe driving conditions, there will be no sanitation service within the City of Athens on March 5. Service scheduled for March 5 will be moved to March 6 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Service normally scheduled for March 6 will be moved to March 7 starting at 6:00 a.m. We thank you for you patien
EMA says all roads in Limestone should be considered impassable.
The Athens Historic Preservation Commission will meet on March 10th 2015 in the Public Works Building located at 1600 Elm Street West. A work session will begin at 5:45pm with the regular session at 6:00pm.
City of Athens 2014 Year in Review
● Jan. 2 and 3 - Frigid temps lead to a new system peak record for Athens Utilities, which is set at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, when the peak reaches 340 megawatts. One megawatt can power about 200 Limestone County homes.
● Jan. 7 - Sprinkler system at Fire Station No. 1 bursts at 3 a.m.; water, electrical, other damage throughout station.
Mount Rozell Electric Substation goes out at 2:28 a.m. Customers impacted, 3,527. Poplar Creek Substation for Clements area goes out at 6:05 a.m. Total for both outages is 4,119.
The Tennessee Valley Authority power system passes a critical demand period early Tuesday from the bitter cold wave. TVA’s power system reaches a preliminary peak power demand of 32,460 megawatts at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday with the Valley’s average temperature at 4 degrees. This is the second highest winter peak in TVA history. TVA’s record winter demand is 32,572 megawatts set on Jan. 16, 2009, when temperatures averaged 9 degrees, and TVA’s all-time record is 33,482 megawatts set on Aug. 16, 2007, when temperatures average 102 degrees.
● Jan. 15 – Media reports area graduation rates show Athens High has second highest rate in Limestone, Lawrence and Morgan counties at 93 percent. Hartselle is tops at 94 percent. Decatur is lowest at 76 percent.
● Week of Jan. 20 - Athens-Limestone Hospital announces it will soon be the first in North Alabama with a wing for patients who need long-term acute care. The hospital receives a certificate of need from the Alabama Health Planning and Development Agency to add as many as 40 beds in a long-term wing.
Noland Health Services, of Birmingham, will lease the second floor of the hospital’s south wing and plans to start with 25 staffed beds this summer. Most patients admitted into the new unit will be those suffering from multiple, complex medical conditions such as respiratory failure, post-surgical complications and cardiovascular disorders.
● Jan. 28 – A duck named Lovey at the duck pond has issues with her glands and can’t keep ice from forming on her feathers. The story distresses local citizens who love taking their kids to the duck pond. Athens-Limestone Tourism, Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, Athens Police and local farmer Cheryl Scott along with concerned citizens rescue the duck and take care of her, which garners local media attention.
The Athens Planning Commission will hold their regular meeting on March 17, 2015, 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.
TRAIL, a local student group working to keep The Square clean, counted the number of cigarette butts they picked up in one cleanup over the summer - 2,000 butts!
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful received funding from the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program and received match funding from TRIAL to start a campaign to combat cigarette litter.
Giant cigarette butt displays that look out of place on our historic Square - #ShowYourButt - bring home the ugliness of finding discarded cigarette butts in the planters, on sidewalks, by storefronts, etc.
There are ash receptacles located on The Square that smokers are asked to use. In addition, KALB is giving away pocket and car receptacles so smokers won't toss butts onto the ground.
For more information, call 256-233-8728.
Craziness is coming to the stage...as wild as the weed it's named after: Poke Sallet Follies.
The show will be March 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. at the Athens Senior Center on Pryor Street.
This year's theme is LIVE!
Tickets are $35, and includes dinner and two hours of entertainment. All seats are reserved.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the Athens Senior Center. They will be available at the center weekdays from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Limestone County Foundation for Aging.