About Us


Our Philosophy


The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving crisis affecting the health and livelihoods of people across the State of Tennessee and the world. The City of Athens prioritizes the health and safety of citizens and visitors first and foremost and is committed to helping citizens navigate these uncertain times by providing the latest information, health guidelines, and COVID-19 resources that are available. 


The City of Athens organized a recovery team to help communicate the progression of State orders and guidelines. This site aggregates information and materials from trusted sources, including the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health, orders from Tennessee Governor Lee’s office, as well as local resources for Athenians and guests.

Moving Forward

We know Athenians are up to the challenge ahead. By working together as a body of informed and committed citizens, we can keep our city and her people moving forward.

The Athens Recovery Team

The Athens Recovery Team is a volunteer committee composed of members from the Council Advisory Committee and other community leaders. 


Patti Greek

Chairman Citizens Advisory Committee, Past Chairman of the Main Street Board, Owner of Greeks Bearing Gifts

C. Seth Sumner

City Manager

Jordan Curtis

Citizens Advisory Committee, Simmons Bank Trust Manager

Whitney Kimball Coe

Citizens Advisory Committee, Past Board Member for Main Street, Director of National Programs at the Center for Rural Strategies

Bo Perkinson

Main Street Board Member / Economic Committee Chair, Athens City Council

John Proffitt

Citizens Advisory Committee, Past City Council Member

Frances Witt-McMahan

Citizen Advisory Committee and Director of CASA

Kathy Price

Main Street Board and McMinn County EDA Director

Lisa Dotson

Main Street Director and Associate Director for The LITE House