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.
Students in grades 9-12 at Athens High School, Athens Bible School, Lindsay Lane Christian Academy and home schooled students in Athens are eligible to apply for the 2014-15 Athens Mayor's Youth Commission. Deadline is Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. Students learn about city government, their role as citizens, volunteer opportunities, etc.
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.
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 Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, September 16th 2014 in the City Council Chambers in the police station located at 951 Hobbs Street East. A work session will begin at 5:00pm with the regular session at 5:45pm.
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.