What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 1
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 1

Our first meeting of 2017 began by Mayor Ronnie showing me the book he had received for Christmas from some...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: The Courthouse- A Cause For Celebration
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: The Courthouse- A Cause For Celebration

Mayor Ronnie Marks, Limestone County Commissioner Mark Yarborough, and I met at the “not new, but definitely improved” Limestone County...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Welcome Back Melanie!
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: Welcome Back Melanie!

For this edition of Athens Now, Mayor Ronnie wanted to use his space to re-introduce the people of Athens to...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Squashing Sloth And Reaching Out
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: Squashing Sloth And Reaching Out

“Hey, Ali Ali,” Mayor Ronnie called out as he rolled in for our usual appointment, moving a mile a minute....
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Frank’s First 100 Days
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: Frank’s First 100 Days

Mayor Ronnie was covered up far beyond his usual M.O. of runnin’ and gunnin’ from dawn til dark, and so...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Find Your Season And Live It
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: Find Your Season And Live It

The mayor had emerged refreshed and inspired from the weekend, and heard a message at church given by a man...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Crunching Numbers And Celebrating Fall
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: Crunching Numbers And Celebrating Fall

As I have talked about before, Mayor Ronnie is one of those rare birds who absolutely loves budgets. To him,...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: The Awakening Of H.K. Derryberry
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: The Awakening Of H.K. Derryberry

Over the years, it has been common for Mayor Ronnie to be enthralled with a book, share it with me,...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: The Importance Of Unity In The Community
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: The Importance Of Unity In The Community

It had been another whirlwind week and weekend for the Mayor. On Saturday, he had been to several events, all...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Building Our Blueberries
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: Building Our Blueberries

It is the beginning of the school year, and it is another opportunity for teachers, students, parents, grandparents, friends and...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Can Line Dancing Build Community?
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Can Line Dancing Build Community?

If you were at Jimmy Gill Park on Saturday, July 30th, you would know that the answer is a resounding...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: After Bitterness, Some Sweetness
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: After Bitterness, Some Sweetness

We met a week ago—not in our usual time slot-- and it was the morning after the horrific assassinations of...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Dr. Sisk And The Little Engine That Could
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Dr. Sisk And The Little Engine That Could

For the July 1st Ronnie column, the Mayor set up a meeting with Dr. Tom Sisk, who heads up the...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Effective “Followership”
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: Effective “Followership”

When I met with Mayor Ronnie this week, the murders in Orlando had happened the day before, and we were...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Ditching Distractions And Fighting Through Fears
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: Ditching Distractions And Fighting Through Fears

We met a day late, due to the Memorial Day Weekend. We both attended the fine program put on by...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Athens, The Ama-ZING!
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Athens, The Ama-ZING!

Earlier this week, Mayor Ronnie and several City Hall staff members had the opportunity to attend the annual Alabama League...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: The Folks Who Make Athens Beautiful
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: The Folks Who Make Athens Beautiful

Wednesday, May 04, 2016, the staff of City Hall and all the Departments that are going to “live” there began...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Our Fierce Firefighters
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: Our Fierce Firefighters

Recently the Alabama Fire College training trailer was at Leak City, and in the pouring rain, the Mayor, Holly Hollman,...
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Athens Councilman Jimmy Gill Dies After Second Battle With Cancer
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Athens Councilman Jimmy Gill Dies After Second Battle With Cancer

Jimmy Gill was the type of man who grew vegetables and shared them with friends, told funny stories about his...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: The “Mayor’s Kids” And Helping All Kids
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: The “Mayor’s Kids” And Helping All Kids

Another year of the highly successful Mayor’s Youth Commission is just about finished, and this spring the members have had...
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