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CountryAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_1_0 United StatesAthens, Georgia_cell_0_1_1
StateAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_2_0 GeorgiaAthens, Georgia_cell_0_2_1
CountyAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_3_0 ClarkeAthens, Georgia_cell_0_3_1
Named forAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_4_0 Athens, GreeceAthens, Georgia_cell_0_4_1
GovernmentAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_5_0
MayorAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_6_0 Kelly GirtzAthens, Georgia_cell_0_6_1
AreaAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_7_0
Consolidated city–countyAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_8_0 118.2 sq mi (306.2 km)Athens, Georgia_cell_0_8_1
LandAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_9_0 117.8 sq mi (305.0 km)Athens, Georgia_cell_0_9_1
WaterAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_10_0 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km)Athens, Georgia_cell_0_10_1
ElevationAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_11_0 636 ft (194 m)Athens, Georgia_cell_0_11_1
Population (2010)Athens, Georgia_header_cell_0_12_0
Consolidated city–countyAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_13_0 115,452Athens, Georgia_cell_0_13_1
Estimate (2019)Athens, Georgia_header_cell_0_14_0 126,913Athens, Georgia_cell_0_14_1
DensityAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_15_0 851.5/sq mi (328.8/km)Athens, Georgia_cell_0_15_1
MetroAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_16_0 209,271Athens, Georgia_cell_0_16_1
Time zoneAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_17_0 UTC−5 (EST)Athens, Georgia_cell_0_17_1
Summer (DST)Athens, Georgia_header_cell_0_18_0 UTC−4 (EDT)Athens, Georgia_cell_0_18_1
ZIP codeAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_19_0 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607, 30608, 30609, 30612Athens, Georgia_cell_0_19_1
Area code(s)Athens, Georgia_header_cell_0_20_0 706Athens, Georgia_cell_0_20_1
FIPS codeAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_21_0 13-03440Athens, Georgia_cell_0_21_1
WebsiteAthens, Georgia_header_cell_0_22_0 Athens, Georgia_cell_0_22_1

Athens, officially Athens–Clarke County, is a consolidated city–county and college town in the U.S. state of Georgia. Athens, Georgia_sentence_0

Athens lies about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of downtown Atlanta. Athens, Georgia_sentence_1

The University of Georgia, the home of the football team; Georgia Bulldogs, the state's flagship public university and an R1 research institution, is in Athens and contributed to its initial growth. Athens, Georgia_sentence_2

In 1991, after a vote the preceding year, the original City of Athens abandoned its charter to form a unified government with Clarke County, referred to jointly as Athens–Clarke County. Athens, Georgia_sentence_3

As of 2019, the U.S. Athens, Georgia_sentence_4 Census Bureau's estimated population of the consolidated city-county (all of Clarke County except Winterville and a portion of Bogart) was 126,913; the entire county including Winterville and Bogart had a population of 127,064. Athens, Georgia_sentence_5

Athens is the sixth-largest city in Georgia, and the principal city of the Athens metropolitan area, which had a 2017 estimated population of 209,271, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Athens, Georgia_sentence_6

Metropolitan Athens is a component of the larger Atlanta–Athens–Clarke County–Sandy Springs Combined Statistical Area. Athens, Georgia_sentence_7

The city is dominated by a pervasive college town culture and music scene centered in downtown Athens, next to the University of Georgia's North Campus. Athens, Georgia_sentence_8

Major music acts associated with Athens include numerous alternative rock bands such as R.E.M. Athens, Georgia_sentence_9 , the B-52's, Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Harvey Milk. Athens, Georgia_sentence_10

The city is also known as a recording site for such groups as the Atlanta-based Indigo Girls. Athens, Georgia_sentence_11

The 2020 book Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture describes Athens as the model of the indie culture of the 1980s. Athens, Georgia_sentence_12

History Athens, Georgia_section_0

In the late 18th century, a trading settlement on the banks of the Oconee River called Cedar Shoals stood where Athens is today. Athens, Georgia_sentence_13

On January 27, 1785, the Georgia General Assembly granted a charter by Abraham Baldwin for the University of Georgia as the first state-supported university. Athens, Georgia_sentence_14

Georgia's control of the area was established following the Oconee War. Athens, Georgia_sentence_15

In 1801, a committee from the university's board of trustees selected a site for the university on a hill above Cedar Shoals, in what was then Jackson County. Athens, Georgia_sentence_16

On July 25, John Milledge, one of the trustees and later governor of Georgia, bought 633 acres (256 hectares) from Daniel Easley and donated it to the university. Athens, Georgia_sentence_17

Milledge named the surrounding area Athens after the city that was home to the Platonic Academy of Plato and Aristotle in Greece. Athens, Georgia_sentence_18

The first buildings on the University of Georgia campus were made from logs. Athens, Georgia_sentence_19

The town grew as lots adjacent to the college were sold to raise money for the additional construction of the school. Athens, Georgia_sentence_20

By the time the first class graduated from the university in 1804, Athens consisted of three homes, three stores, and a few other buildings facing Front Street, now known as Broad Street. Athens, Georgia_sentence_21

Completed in 1806 and named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, Franklin College was the first permanent structure of the University of Georgia and of the city of Athens. Athens, Georgia_sentence_22

This brick building is now known as Old College. Athens, Georgia_sentence_23

Athens officially became a town in December 1806 with a government made up of a three-member commission. Athens, Georgia_sentence_24

The university and town continued to grow with cotton mills fueling the industrial and commercial development. Athens, Georgia_sentence_25

Athens became known as the "Manchester of the South" after the city in England known for its mills. Athens, Georgia_sentence_26

In 1833 a group of Athens businessmen led by James Camak, tired of their wagons getting stuck in the mud, built one of Georgia's first railroads, the Georgia, connecting Athens to Augusta by 1841, and to Marthasville (now Atlanta) by 1845. Athens, Georgia_sentence_27

In the 1830s and 1840s, transportation developments and the growing influence of the University of Georgia made Athens one of the state's most important cities as the Antebellum Period neared the height of its development. Athens, Georgia_sentence_28

The university essentially created a chain reaction of growth in the community which developed on its doorstep. Athens, Georgia_sentence_29

During the American Civil War, Athens became a significant supply center when the New Orleans armory was relocated to what is now called the Chicopee building. Athens, Georgia_sentence_30

Fortifications can still be found along parts of the North Oconee River between College Avenue and Oconee Street. Athens, Georgia_sentence_31

In addition, Athens played a small part in the ill-fated Stoneman's Raid when a skirmish was fought on a site overlooking the Middle Oconee River near what is now the old Macon Highway. Athens, Georgia_sentence_32

A Confederate memorial that used to stand on Broad Street near the University of Georgia Arch was removed the week of August 10, 2020. Athens, Georgia_sentence_33

During Reconstruction, Athens continued to grow. Athens, Georgia_sentence_34

The form of government changed to a mayor-council government with a new city charter on August 24, 1872, and Henry Beusse was elected as the first mayor of Athens. Athens, Georgia_sentence_35

Beusse was instrumental in the city's rapid growth after the Civil War. Athens, Georgia_sentence_36

After serving as mayor, he worked in the railroad industry and helped bring railroads to the region, creating growth in many of the surrounding communities. Athens, Georgia_sentence_37

Freed slaves moved to the city, where many were attracted by the new centers for education such as the Freedmen's Bureau. Athens, Georgia_sentence_38

This new population was served by three black newspapers: the Athens Blade, the Athens Clipper, and the Progressive Era. Athens, Georgia_sentence_39

In the 1880s, as Athens became more densely populated, city services and improvements were undertaken. Athens, Georgia_sentence_40

The Athens Police Department was founded in 1881 and public schools opened in fall of 1886. Athens, Georgia_sentence_41

Telephone service was introduced in 1882 by the Bell Telephone Company. Athens, Georgia_sentence_42

Transportation improvements were also introduced with a street paving program beginning in 1885 and streetcars, pulled by mules, in 1888. Athens, Georgia_sentence_43

By its centennial in 1901, Athens had experienced a century of development and growth. Athens, Georgia_sentence_44

A new city hall was completed in 1904. Athens, Georgia_sentence_45

An African-American middle class and professional class grew around the corner of Washington and Hull Streets, known as the "Hot Corner", where the Morton Building was constructed in 1910. Athens, Georgia_sentence_46

The theater at the Morton Building hosted movies and performances by black musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington. Athens, Georgia_sentence_47

In 1907 aviation pioneer Ben T. Epps became Georgia's first pilot on a hill outside town that would become the Athens-Ben Epps Airport. Athens, Georgia_sentence_48

The last, and perhaps only, lynching in Athens occurred on February 16, 1921, when a mob of 3,000 people attacked the Athens courthouse and carried off John Lee Eberhart. Athens, Georgia_sentence_49

Eberhart had been arrested for the murder his employer, Ida D. Lee, with a shotgun in Oconee County. Athens, Georgia_sentence_50

That night he was driven back to the Lee farm where a mock trial was held. Athens, Georgia_sentence_51

Though he refused to confess, he tied to a stake and burned to death. Athens, Georgia_sentence_52

The lynching received widespread attention. Athens, Georgia_sentence_53

During World War II, the U.S. Athens, Georgia_sentence_54 Navy built new buildings and paved runways to serve as a training facility for naval pilots. Athens, Georgia_sentence_55

In 1954, the U.S. Navy chose Athens as the site for the Navy Supply Corps school. Athens, Georgia_sentence_56

The school was in Normaltown in the buildings of the old Normal School. Athens, Georgia_sentence_57

It closed in 2011 under the Base Realignment and Closure process. Athens, Georgia_sentence_58

The 56-acre (23-hectare) site is now home to the University of Georgia/Medical College of Georgia Medical Partnership, the University of Georgia College of Public Health, and other health-related programs Athens, Georgia_sentence_59

In 1961, Athens witnessed part of the civil rights movement when Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes became the first two black students to enter the University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia_sentence_60

Despite the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling in 1954, the Athens–Clarke County school district remained segregated until 1964. Athens, Georgia_sentence_61

Timeline Athens, Georgia_section_1

Law Athens, Georgia_section_2

In Athens, it is illegal to hoot loudly after 11:00 pm on weeknights. Athens, Georgia_sentence_62

Geography Athens, Georgia_section_3

According to the United States Census Bureau, the balance has a total area of 118.2 square miles (306.1 km), of which 117.8 square miles (305.1 km) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km) (0.41%) is water. Athens, Georgia_sentence_63

Athens lies within the humid subtropical climate zone, with hot, humid summers and mild to moderately cold winters. Athens, Georgia_sentence_64

Annual rainfall averages 49.7 inches (1,260 mm). Athens, Georgia_sentence_65

Light to moderate snowfall can occur in winter. Athens, Georgia_sentence_66

In the spring, frequent thunderstorms can sometimes become severe, even producing tornadoes. Athens, Georgia_sentence_67

The city itself sits on a series of anomalous hills, unique to the Piedmont region. Athens, Georgia_sentence_68

Climate Athens, Georgia_section_4

Athens has a humid subtropical climate. Athens, Georgia_sentence_69

Its climatic regime is in many ways typical of Southeastern United States with hot summers transitioning into cool winters, but with precipitation being consistently high throughout the year. Athens, Georgia_sentence_70

Normal monthly temperatures range from 43.5 °F (6.4 °C) in January to 80.6 °F (27.0 °C) in July; on average, maxima reach 90 °F (32 °C) or higher and stay below 40 °F (4 °C) on 58 and 5.8 days annually, and there are 48 days annually with a minimum at or below freezing. Athens, Georgia_sentence_71

Official record temperatures range from −4 °F (−20 °C) on January 21, 1985 to 109 °F (43 °C) on June 29, 2012; the record cold daily maximum is 18 °F (−8 °C) on January 30, 1966, while, conversely, the record warm daily minimum is 79 °F (26 °C) as recently as August 11, 2007. Athens, Georgia_sentence_72

Temperatures rarely fall below 10 °F (−12 °C), having last occurred January 7, 2014. Athens, Georgia_sentence_73

The average window for freezing temperatures is November 5 to March 24, allowing a growing season of 225 days. Athens, Georgia_sentence_74

Precipitation is relatively well spread (though the summer months are slightly wetter), and averages 46.3 inches (1,180 mm) annually, but has historically ranged from 28.61 in (727 mm) in 1954 to 71.39 in (1,813 mm) in 1964. Athens, Georgia_sentence_75

Snowfall is sporadic, averaging 2.9 inches (7.4 cm) per winter, but has reached 13.6 inches (34.5 cm) in 2010–2011. Athens, Georgia_sentence_76

Demographics Athens, Georgia_section_5

As of the census of 2010, there were 100,266 people, 39,239 households, and 19,344 families residing in the city. Athens, Georgia_sentence_77

The population density was 851.5 people per square mile (328.8/km). Athens, Georgia_sentence_78

There were 41,633 housing units at an average density of 353.6 per square mile (136.5/km). Athens, Georgia_sentence_79

The racial makeup of the city was 64.71% White, 27.37% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 3.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.11% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Athens, Georgia_sentence_80

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.39% of the population. Athens, Georgia_sentence_81

The large population increase from 1990 to 2000 reflects the altered boundaries that came with the consolidation of Athens and Clarke County, not just the influx of new residents. Athens, Georgia_sentence_82

There were 39,239 households, out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.7% were non-families. Athens, Georgia_sentence_83

29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. Athens, Georgia_sentence_84

The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.95. Athens, Georgia_sentence_85

In the city, the population was spread out, with 17.8% under the age of 18, 31.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 15.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. Athens, Georgia_sentence_86

The median age was 25 years. Athens, Georgia_sentence_87

For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. Athens, Georgia_sentence_88

For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males. Athens, Georgia_sentence_89

The median income for a household in the city was $28,118, and the median income for a family was $41,407. Athens, Georgia_sentence_90

Males had a median income of $30,359 versus $23,039 for females. Athens, Georgia_sentence_91

The per capita income for the balance was $17,103. Athens, Georgia_sentence_92

About 15.0% of families and 28.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over. Athens, Georgia_sentence_93

Government Athens, Georgia_section_6

Athens, Georgia_unordered_list_0

  • Legislative: The government is headed by an elected mayor and 10 elected commissioners from 10 equally divided districts. Previously, they have been formed from 8 geographical districts and 2 super-districts covering districts 1–4 and 5–8Athens, Georgia_item_0_0
  • Executive: The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County's day-to-day operations are overseen by a manager appointed by the Mayor and Commission. There are 26 main departments, divisions and offices under the managerial groupAthens, Georgia_item_0_1
  • Judicial: Athens-Clarke County houses Magistrate, Juvenile, Municipal, Probate, State and Superior Courts. Superior Court covers the Western Judicial Circuit, which also includes Oconee County.Athens, Georgia_item_0_2

Economy Athens, Georgia_section_7

Businesses Athens, Georgia_section_8

Athens is home to a growing number of young technology companies including Docebo, Roundsphere, and Cogent Education. Athens, Georgia_sentence_94

The city is also home to more established technology companies such as Partner Software, Peachtree Medical Billing, and Digital Insight. Athens, Georgia_sentence_95

Athens is home to several pharmaceutical manufacturing and biotechnology companies such as Merial and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Athens, Georgia_sentence_96

The University of Georgia also hosts its own biotechnology research centers mostly from the lower east side of town bordering Oconee county. Athens, Georgia_sentence_97

In May of 2020, RWDC Industries, a company that develops alternatives to single-use plastics, announced their plan to invest $260 million into the city and the surrounding area and acquire an existing 400,000 square-foot facility. Athens, Georgia_sentence_98

Independent publisher Hill Street Press is headquartered here. Athens, Georgia_sentence_99

Authors with previous, or current, residence in the city include Pulitzer Prize winners Deborah Blum and Edward Larson, as well as Judith Ortiz Cofer, Reginald McKnight and Coleman Barks. Athens, Georgia_sentence_100

Athens' music industry has also continued to grow as Tweed Recording acquired an 11,000 square-foot facility in downtown Athens to house their new recording studio, academy and community space. Athens, Georgia_sentence_101

Tourism Athens, Georgia_section_9

Each spring, there are bicycle races collectively known as the Twilight Series. Athens, Georgia_sentence_102

One of these races is the Athens Twilight Criterium. Athens, Georgia_sentence_103

Competitiveness Athens, Georgia_section_10

In 2010, the average household rent in Athens was $962. Athens, Georgia_sentence_104

The national average was $1,087. Athens, Georgia_sentence_105

Of the Athens population 25 years of age or older, 39.3% have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Athens, Georgia_sentence_106

Arts and culture Athens, Georgia_section_11

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has been, since 1982, the official state art museum. Athens, Georgia_sentence_107

Culture coexists with the university students in creating an art scene, music scene and intellectual environment. Athens, Georgia_sentence_108

The city has music venues, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that cater to its creative climate. Athens, Georgia_sentence_109

Points of interest Athens, Georgia_section_12

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  • One of the remaining two double-barreled cannons produced during the American Civil War is here.Athens, Georgia_item_1_3
  • The "Tree That Owns Itself", which is now an offspring of the original treeAthens, Georgia_item_1_4
  • The Georgia Museum of Art, the official state museum of art, at the University of GeorgiaAthens, Georgia_item_1_5
  • The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of GeorgiaAthens, Georgia_item_1_6
  • The University of Georgia Campus & ArboretumAthens, Georgia_item_1_7
  • St. Mary's Steeple, home of the First R.E.M. show and site for newly founded renovation.Athens, Georgia_item_1_8
  • The Globe bar was voted by Esquire magazine as the third top bar in America in 2007.Athens, Georgia_item_1_9
  • Founded in 1955, Allen's is Athens' oldest bar and grill despite closing in 2004, re-opening in 2007, and closing again in November 2011.Athens, Georgia_item_1_10
  • Sandy Creek Park.Athens, Georgia_item_1_11

Music Athens, Georgia_section_13

Main article: Music of Athens, Georgia Athens, Georgia_sentence_110

The music of Athens, Georgia, includes a wide variety of popular music and was an important part of the early evolution of alternative rock and new wave. Athens, Georgia_sentence_111

The city is well known as the home of chart-topping bands like R.E.M. Athens, Georgia_sentence_112

and The B-52s, and several long-time indie /rock hip-hop groups. Athens, Georgia_sentence_113

The Athens music scene grew in the early 1970s and later during the 1980s with the Georgia Theatre and 40 Watt Club as the aforementioned bands scored breakout hits. Athens, Georgia_sentence_114

Other notable bands were Widespread Panic, Dreams So Real, Indigo Girls, Vigilantes of Love, Matthew Sweet, The Method Actors, Love Tractor, Pylon, Flat Duo Jets, The Primates, Modern Skirts, The Whigs, and Corey Smith. Athens, Georgia_sentence_115

In his insider book, Party Out of Bounds: The B-52's, R.E.M., and the Kids Who Rocked Athens, Rodger Lyle Brown has described the indie rock scene in Athens. Athens, Georgia_sentence_116

National acts that have come out of Athens include: The Whigs, Reptar, Danger Mouse, Dreams So Real, Jucifer, Servotron, Vic Chesnutt, Drive-By Truckers, Elf Power, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lera Lynn, The Sunshine Fix, Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert, Corey Smith, Harvey Milk, The Olivia Tremor Control, of Montreal, Widespread Panic, Perpetual Groove, Five Eight, Dead Confederate, Thayer Sarrano, Jet by Day, and Mothers. Athens, Georgia_sentence_117

R.E.M. Athens, Georgia_sentence_118

members Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck still maintain residences in Athens. Athens, Georgia_sentence_119

The photo book, Athens Potluck, by Jason Thrasher documents the musical legacy of the town. Athens, Georgia_sentence_120

Every summer since 1996 the city has hosted AthFest, a nonprofit music and arts festival in the downtown area. Athens, Georgia_sentence_121

In September 2020, the city launched the Athens Music Walk of Fame. Athens, Georgia_sentence_122

The public art walk spans a two city blocks loop around West Washington and Clayton Streets connected by North Lumpkin Street. Athens, Georgia_sentence_123

Guitar pick plaques were laid down on the sidewalk in front of such significant music venues as the Georgia Theatre, the 40 Watt Club, and the Morton Theatre. Athens, Georgia_sentence_124

The first round of inductees included The B-52s, Danger Mouse, Drive-By Truckers, The Elephant 6 Recording Company, Hall Johnson, Neal Pattman, Pylon, R.E.M., Vic Chesnutt, and Widepread Panic. Athens, Georgia_sentence_125

Education Athens, Georgia_section_14

Clarke County School District Athens, Georgia_section_15

The Clarke County School District supports grades pre-school to grade twelve. Athens, Georgia_sentence_126

The district consists of fourteen elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools (one non-traditional). Athens, Georgia_sentence_127

The district has 791 full-time teachers and 11,457 students as of 2010. Athens, Georgia_sentence_128

Private schools Athens, Georgia_section_16

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  • Athens Academy (grades K-12)Athens, Georgia_item_2_12
  • Athens Christian School (grades K-12)Athens, Georgia_item_2_13
  • Athens Montessori School (grades K-8)Athens, Georgia_item_2_14
  • Downtown Academy (grades K-3)Athens, Georgia_item_2_15
  • Saint Joseph Catholic School (grades K-8)Athens, Georgia_item_2_16
  • Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School (grades 9–12)Athens, Georgia_item_2_17
  • Double Helix STEAM School (grades 5-8)Athens, Georgia_item_2_18
  • Al Huda Islamic Center of Athens Sunday School (5 years and older)Athens, Georgia_item_2_19

Colleges and universities Athens, Georgia_section_17

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  • The University of Georgia (UGA), the state's flagship public research university, is the oldest and 2nd largest institution of higher learning in Georgia. Founded in 1785, it was the first state-chartered university in the United States.Athens, Georgia_item_3_20
  • Athens Technical College is a Technical College System of Georgia public college. It offers certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in business, health, technical, and manufacturing-related fields.Athens, Georgia_item_3_21
  • Augusta University (AU) through its Medical College of Georgia has a with the University of Georgia housed at the University of Georgia Health Science Campus, and the AU College of Nursing has had a campus in Athens since 1974.Athens, Georgia_item_3_22
  • Piedmont College established a campus in Athens in 1995. Piedmont College announced that it would be moving its campus from the Cobbham neighborhood to Normaltown in January of 2021.Athens, Georgia_item_3_23
  • Athens College of Ministry (ACMin) is a private Christian college that was established in 2012. ACMin currently offers certificates, undergraduate, and graduate degrees in eight various major areas.Athens, Georgia_item_3_24

Media Athens, Georgia_section_18

See also: List of newspapers in Georgia (U.S. state), List of radio stations in Georgia (U.S. state), and List of television stations in Georgia (U.S. state) Athens, Georgia_sentence_129

Newspapers Athens, Georgia_section_19

The Athens Banner-Herald publishes daily. Athens, Georgia_sentence_130

UGA has an independent weekly newspaper, The Red & Black. Athens, Georgia_sentence_131

Flagpole Magazine is an alternative newspaper publishing weekly. Athens, Georgia_sentence_132

Classic City News is a free alternative local news source. Athens, Georgia_sentence_133

Radio and television Athens, Georgia_section_20

Local radio stations include: Athens, Georgia_sentence_134

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  • WPLP-LP Bulldog 93.3 FM is Athens' locally owned and operated adult album alternative stationAthens, Georgia_item_4_25
  • WPUP 100.1 FM, Athens top 40 station featuring all of today's hits. Owned by Cox RadioAthens, Georgia_item_4_26
  • WMSL 88.9 FM, a religious station featuring traditional Christian music and teachingAthens, Georgia_item_4_27
  • WUOG 90.5 FM, UGA's student-run radio stationAthens, Georgia_item_4_28
  • WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM, an affiliate of Georgia Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio also broadcasting from the UGA campusAthens, Georgia_item_4_29
  • WPPP-LP 100.7 FM (Hot 100), a low-power, non-commercial alternative/progressive rock stationAthens, Georgia_item_4_30
  • WRFC (AM) 960 AM, ESPN Radio (formerly Athens' local Top 40 music station during the 1960s and 1970s). Owned by Cox Radio.Athens, Georgia_item_4_31
  • WGAU 1340 AM, news and talk. Owned by Cox Radio.Athens, Georgia_item_4_32
  • WXAG 1470 AM, urban gospel musicAthens, Georgia_item_4_33

In addition, WFSH-FM 104.7 FM, a contemporary Christian music station, is licensed to Athens but based in Atlanta. Athens, Georgia_sentence_135

Atlanta-based Rhythmic Top 40 station WSBB-FM (95.5 The Beat) was formerly licensed to Athens (and also the former home of country station WNGC, which now broadcasts at 106.1) but has since changed its city of license to Doraville, Georgia. Athens, Georgia_sentence_136

Athens is part of the Atlanta television market. Athens, Georgia_sentence_137

Two Atlanta-market television stations, WGTV (channel 8) and WUVG (channel 34), are licensed to Athens, though their transmitters are in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Athens, Georgia_sentence_138

WGTV broadcasts from the top of Stone Mountain. Athens, Georgia_sentence_139

From 2009 until 2015, UGA operated a television station, WUGA-TV (formerly WNEG-TV) from studios on the UGA campus, but maintained its transmitter near Toccoa, its city of license; what is now WGTA has since moved its studios back to Toccoa after being sold by UGA. Athens, Georgia_sentence_140

In popular culture Athens, Georgia_section_21

The 1940 film The Green Hand was shot in Athens, using local townspeople and students and faculty from the University of Georgia as its cast. Athens, Georgia_sentence_141

The film had its premiere in Athens in January 1940, at an event attended by Governor Eurith D. Rivers. Athens, Georgia_sentence_142

The movie Darius Goes West was shot in Athens. Athens, Georgia_sentence_143

In 2000, the fictional Ithaca University scenes in Road Trip were filmed on the North Campus of the University of Georgia. Athens, Georgia_sentence_144

In 2012, Trouble with the Curve was partially filmed at The Globe in downtown Athens. Athens, Georgia_sentence_145

In the same year, The Spectacular Now was filmed entirely in Athens and the surrounding area. Athens, Georgia_sentence_146

Infrastructure Athens, Georgia_section_22

Transportation Athens, Georgia_section_23

Highways Athens, Georgia_section_24

The city is the focus of U.S. Athens, Georgia_sentence_147

Highways U.S. Athens, Georgia_sentence_148 Route 29 (US 29), US 78, US 129, US 441, and Georgia State Route 72 (SR 72), and near the eastern terminus of SR 316 and the southern terminus of SR 106. Athens, Georgia_sentence_149

Other state routes in Athens are SR 8 and SR 15, which follow US 29 and US 441 respectively, SR 10 which follows US 78 east and west of Athens but deviates to US 78 Bus. Athens, Georgia_sentence_150

to go through Athens, and SR 15 Alt. Athens, Georgia_sentence_151

which starts at the SR 10 Loop interchange at Milledge Avenue and follows Milledge and Prince Avenues to US 129 which it follows to the north. Athens, Georgia_sentence_152

The SR 10 Loop serves as a limited-access perimeter. Athens, Georgia_sentence_153

The city is bisected east to west by Broad Street/Atlanta Highway (US 78 Bus. Athens, Georgia_sentence_154

and SR 10) and north to south by Milledge Avenue (SR 15 Alt.). Athens, Georgia_sentence_155

Lumpkin Street, Prince Avenue (SR 15 Alt. Athens, Georgia_sentence_156

), North Avenue, and Oconee Street (US 78 Bus.) Athens, Georgia_sentence_157

along with Broad Street are major thoroughfares radiating from downtown. Athens, Georgia_sentence_158

College Station Road and Gaines School Road are major thoroughfares on the east side of Athens, along with US 78 east (Lexington Road). Athens, Georgia_sentence_159

On the west side, most major thoroughfares intersect US 78 Bus. Athens, Georgia_sentence_160

(Broad Street/Atlanta Highway), including Alps Road/Hawthorne Avenue, Epps Bridge Parkway, and Timothy Road/Mitchell Bridge Road. Athens, Georgia_sentence_161

Airports Athens, Georgia_section_25

Athens-Ben Epps Airport (FAA code AHN) has been operational since 1917. Athens, Georgia_sentence_162

It is east of downtown outside Georgia State Route 10 Loop and north of US Route 78. Athens, Georgia_sentence_163

AHN qualifies for air service to be provided under the Essential Air Service provisions. Athens, Georgia_sentence_164

SeaPort Airlines provides commercial air service to Nashville International Airport, TN. Athens, Georgia_sentence_165

Until 2012, Georgia Skies and Wings Air provided commercial air service to Atlanta, and until 2008 (prior to either airline's current AHN service), US Airways provided service to Charlotte. Athens, Georgia_sentence_166

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) is the primary point of departure and arrival for Athenians due to the relative lack of air service to AHN. Athens, Georgia_sentence_167

Alternative Transportation Athens, Georgia_section_26

Athens encourages use of alternative transportation. Athens, Georgia_sentence_168

Bike lanes are provided on major thoroughfares. Athens, Georgia_sentence_169

A rail-to-trail redevelopment is being considered to connect Downtown with the East Side. Athens, Georgia_sentence_170

Organizations such as BikeAthens support and encourage biking. Athens, Georgia_sentence_171

Skateboarding and small scooters are also common sights around UGA campus and Downtown. Athens, Georgia_sentence_172

Public Transit Athens, Georgia_section_27

Athens Transit provides intracity transit seven days per week. Athens, Georgia_sentence_173

UGA Campus Transit provides fare-free 24 hours/5 days a week transit around the University of Georgia campus, Milledge Avenue and Prince Avenue on the way to UGA's newest campus, the Health Sciences Campus. Athens, Georgia_sentence_174

Southeastern Stages, a subsidiary of Greyhound Lines, provides intercity bus services. Athens, Georgia_sentence_175

Low cost curbside bus service to Atlanta and Charlotte is also provided by Megabus. Athens, Georgia_sentence_176

Rail Athens, Georgia_section_28

Athens has no direct passenger rail service; the closest Amtrak stations are in Atlanta, Gainesville, and Toccoa. Athens, Georgia_sentence_177

Until the 1950s and 1960s the Seaboard Air Line Railroad's daily Cotton Blossom (ended, 1955), Washington - Atlanta, Silver Comet, New York - Birmingham and Tidewater (ended, 1968), Norfolk - Birmingham service made stops at the SAL's Athens depot at College Avenue and Ware Street, north of downtown. Athens, Georgia_sentence_178

Train service to Athens ended with the last run of the Silver Comet in 1969. Athens, Georgia_sentence_179

Until the early 1950s, the Southern Railway ran a passenger to Lula on the Southern's main line northeast of Gainesville. Athens, Georgia_sentence_180

Into the same period, the Central Railroad of Georgia ran mixed passenger and freight trains south to Macon's Terminal Station. Athens, Georgia_sentence_181

Passenger service is proposed to return to Athens via a proposed route of the Charlotte to Atlanta segment of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor. Athens, Georgia_sentence_182

The alignment with a proposed station stop in Athens was chosen as this segment's preferred alternative on September 30th, 2020. Athens, Georgia_sentence_183

Freight service is provided by CSX and Athens Line, the latter having leased tracks from Norfolk Southern. Athens, Georgia_sentence_184

The Georgia Department of Transportation has proposed the city as the terminus of a commuter line that links Atlanta and Gwinnett County along the Georgia 316 corridor. Athens, Georgia_sentence_185

Utilities Athens, Georgia_section_29

Electric service in Athens-Clarke is provided by three customer-owned electric cooperatives, Walton EMC, Rayle EMC and Jackson EMC, as well as by Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company. Athens, Georgia_sentence_186

Water utility is provided by the city. Athens, Georgia_sentence_187

Garbage is provided by private companies according to customer purchase, though the city does offer municipal garbage pick up as a service. Athens, Georgia_sentence_188

Natural gas is supplied by Atlanta Gas Light through various marketers within the deregulated market. Athens, Georgia_sentence_189

Healthcare Athens, Georgia_section_30

Athens is served by two major hospitals, the 359-bed Piedmont Athens Regional and the 170-bed St. Mary's Hospital. Athens, Georgia_sentence_190

The city is also served by the smaller 42-bed Landmark Hospital of Athens. Athens, Georgia_sentence_191

Piedmont Athens Regional was formerly Athens Regional Medical Center before being acquired by Piedmont Healthcare in 2016. Athens, Georgia_sentence_192

In March of 2018, Piedmont Healthcare announced a $171 million capital investment project for Piedmont Athens Regional which would include the addition of a fourth story to the Prince 2 building as well as the demolition of the 100 year old 1919 Tower in order to make space for a new, state of the art, seven story tower. Athens, Georgia_sentence_193

The entire project is slated for a 2022 completion. Athens, Georgia_sentence_194

Sister cities Athens, Georgia_section_31

The City of Athens maintains trade development programs, cultural, and educational partnerships in a twinning agreement with Bucharest, Romania. Athens, Georgia_sentence_195

Notable people Athens, Georgia_section_32

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