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.
“I am happy to be able to assist and equip the first responders in every way possible as they serve and protect the residents,” Sen. Holtzclaw said.
Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Tony Kirk said accidents and emergencies can happen in secluded areas or disasters can occur that result in debris blocking roadways, preventing a fire engine from reaching the area.
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
NerdWallet ranked Athens as the 18th best place in Alabama for homeownership. The area has a homeownership rate of 65.3%, and median monthly homeowner costs are $1,195. Athens grew by 5.4% between 2010 and 2012.
Other cities that made the top 20 include Saraland and Enterprise. Read the full study online.
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