2018 Main Street Alabama Awards

● The Excellence in Architectural Design Award
was presented to the Limestone County Archives. This award recognizes outstanding completed design projects including façade renovation, interior renovation and design education efforts.The Limestone County Archives Building Preservation Project included extensive renovation and preservation work on the former Louisville and Nashville Railroad Athens Passenger Depot, built in 1905, that now serves as the repository for the historic record of Limestone County.

● The Excellence in Historic Preservation Award
was presented to The Judge James Horton Monument Committee.This award recognizes outstanding local efforts to preserve downtown history and historic resources. In 1933, Judge Horton set aside a guilty verdict and death sentence by an all-white jury that found Haywood Patterson, a black youth, guilty of raping two white women. Patterson was one of nine black youths, known as the “Scottsboro Boys,” who were falsely accused of the rapes.Horton’s dedication to justice cost the judge his judicial career. The Limestone County Bar Association decided to erect the statue and the Judge Horton Monument Committee was established to raise the $60,000 needed in private donations. No government funds were used for the project. The Limestone County Historical Society erected the marker explaining the judge’s role in the Scottsboro Boys case.

● The Community Award
was presented to the Clements High School Key Club.  This award recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the local Main Street organization.  The Clements High School Key Club was founded in 2016. The Club Sponsor is a Troy Rogers, a teacher on staff at the school.  It is a student lead organization, committed to giving back to the community. They have logged hundreds of volunteer hours since their inception in 2016. They are truly one of THE go-to groups for recruiting volunteers.  They have volunteered at over 50+ Athens, Huntsville and Rogersville events, including events that support their high school and local elementary school.

Other Awards…

2017 Main Street Alabama Excellence in Architectural Design – First Presbyterian Church won for the renovation of the former Goodyear store, circa 1953, into the Revival building on Washington Street.

2017 Main Street Alabama Excellence in Historic Preservation – The Limestone County Courthouse, circa 1918, won for the restoration project that addressed growth and safety needs while maintaining historic integrity.

2017 Main Street Alabama Excellence in Planning and Public Space Award – The Athens Street Department won for its pedestrian railroad crossing on Market Street where steps and a handicap accessible ramp were added.

2017 Main Street Alabama Community Award – The Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission won for engaging high school students in civic and community service programs.

2016 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Fundraising” for the event A High Cotton Homecoming with Roger Murrah and Friends

2016 Main Street Alabama “Community Award” for Athens-Limestone Community Association

2016 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Business Promotions” for Fridays After Five

2016 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships” for projects done with Lowe’s of Athens

2016 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Architectural Design” for the City of Athens and its new City Hall

2015 Peak Award for  “Organization of the year” by Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourism Association

2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Promotion” for Athens Saturday Market 

Received State Certification for Athens Saturday Market in 2014

2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Fundraising” for Dinner in the Orchard event featuring Alabama Shakes

2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Volunteer Development” 

2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Private/Public Partnerships” for work with H.C. Blake on High Cotton Arts 

2014 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Business Promotion” for Sippin’ Cider 

2014 SOA Director, Trisha Black, Main Street Alabama Leadership Award

2013 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Promotion” for Athens Grease Festival 

2013 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships” for collaboration on downtown improvement projects with Athens Rotary 

2013 Main Street Alabama “Excellence in Promotion” for Athens Grease Festival

2012 Athens Grease Festival  Named “one of Alabama’s oddest festivals” by al.com