What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 6-Calling All Co-Creators
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 6-Calling All Co-Creators

This is the sixth in a series about a book that was given to Mayor Marks for Christmas by his...
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Kim’s First Day – What Makes Ronnie Roll
What Makes Ronnie Roll

Kim’s First Day – What Makes Ronnie Roll

It had been an emotional week, a changing of the guard, if you will. Vicky Dowd’s last day as the...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 5
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 5

Mayor Ronnie came zooming in, having just welcomed utilities workers from several states who were beginning their first day at...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 4
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 4

If you look at the “City Nutrition Pyramid” that Peter Kageyama uses in his book, For The Love Of Cities...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 3
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 3

What makes a city “healthy?” It is a blend of things like economic development, public safety, fun, functionality, and more....
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: The State Of The City, 2017
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: The State Of The City, 2017

It was a gorgeous spring-like day on the Athens State University Campus, and the Chamber of Commerce sponsored luncheon and...
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What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 2
What Makes Ronnie Roll

What Makes Ronnie Roll: For The Love Of Cities, Part 2

For the past 20 years, Sweet Home Baptist Church has hosted a service to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin...
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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
What Makes Ronnie Roll

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?
What Makes Ronnie Roll

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
What Makes Ronnie Roll

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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