The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Homepage

October 23, 2013

Festivals bring revenue, quality of life to Athens

(Continued)

ATHENS —

And then the all-important infrastructure — namely roads and bridges. Recently, the city received $1.6 million for 12 projects through ATRIP (Alabama Transportation and Rehabilitation Improvement Program).

“This is our first time to qualify for ATRIP,” Marks said. “This allows us to actually build and develop roads.”

He said the key to winning the grant — Limestone County and Elkmont also received money — was the one-cent sales tax increase the City Council approved last November and went into effect in January.

“If the sales tax increase hadn't passed, we would even have been able to apply (for the ATRIP money),” Marks said.

He also cited the success of the festivals to the dozens of volunteers and volunteer organizations, calling them the “lifeblood of the community.”

“Our charge is real clear to keep building a quality of life,” Marks said. “We'll never be a Huntsville or a Madison. We need to be the best we can be and we're doing well with that.”

Text Only
Top Local News
Today's Local Feature

State and Nation
Local Sports

Sports
Lifestyles
Calendar of Events
  • Limestone Ledger 7/25/14

    SATURDAY
    Crape Myrtle pageant

    The 14th annual Miss/Master Crape Myrtle Festival Pageant is Saturday at the Ardmore, Tennessee Annex Building. Competition begins at 1 p.m. for girls, infant through age 19, and boys, infant through age 5. More information: 256-278-5524.

    July 25, 2014

  • Church Bulletin 7/25/14
Obituaries
Weather Radar
Poll

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

Yes
No
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
AP Video
Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman
Business Marquee
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.