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.
In 2013, Lowe’s Heroes participated in the Farmers Market Renovation Program and built a gazebo and provided landscaping on the market site.
This year, Store Manager Scott Franklin chose a site near the Athens store’s location, the U.S. 72 trail head for the Swan Creek Greenway. The trail head was surrounded by overgrown brush and had a simple wood frame to designate the entrance.
With assistance from the city, Lowe’s designed a plan for an arbor, landscaping, and trail map sign. During this time, Matthew Kyle, the operator of the Athens Chick-fil-A, talked to Mayor Ronnie Marks about donating either a picnic table or park bench to the city through Chick-fil-A’s foam cup recycling program. The foam cups are used to make the tables, benches and other items.
The Mayor’s Office put Kyle in touch with Lowe’s. Kyle discussed the trail head design with Franklin and Melissa Calvert, the SOS Credit Coordinator for Lowe’s, and the group chose a park bench for the arbor.
More manpower was needed to clear the brush, so the city asked Athens Rotary if its members would assist.
The Athens City Council will meet Monday October 27th in the Police Station located at 951 Hobbs Street East. A work session will begin at 4:00pm with the regular meeting at 5:30pm.
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.
Athens is hosting the Smithsonian Exhibit "The Way We Worked" from 10-5 at the Limestone County Event Center (closed Sundays). This is a free exhibit and includes local information as well as information provided by the Smithsonian. See a film made from interviews of locals like veterinarians, farmers, police, and others talking about working life for their families in Athens and Limestone County.
The exhibit will be at the center through Nov. 8.
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.
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.
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