Notice of Historic Designation - Donnell House
The Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing to hear comments on the designation of the Donnell House as a historic site. The site is located at 601 Clinton Street S. and totals 0.45 acres, including the Donnell House, its front lawn, and one outbuilding. The hearing will be held on January 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Public Works Department, 1600 Elm Street W.
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.
A home improvement store is spearheading a project to improve a National Recreation Trail in Athens.
In addition, a restaurant chain found an item to donate to the project thanks to its company’s foam cup recycling program, and a group of volunteers spent a football Saturday clearing vegetation.
This collaboration to beautify the U.S. 72 trail head for the city’s Swan Creek Greenway began in June, when representatives from Lowe’s in Athens contacted the city for ideas for the store’s Lowe’s Heroes program. Through this program, Lowe’s provides manpower and about $1,200 to make an improvement in the community.
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.
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.