June 27, 2016

Athens Power Rankings for the Week of June 27

Welcome to Athens Power Rankings. In the spirit of sports rating systems, through painstaking analysis, we rank the top movers and shakers in the Classic City each week. Who's hot? Who's not? Find out below.


Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

Mothers accepts an award at last week's Flagpole Athens Music Awards show.

1. Mothers

The acclaimed Athens band won big at last week's Flagpole Athens Music Awards and put on an excellent AthFest show at the 40 Watt.

2. Melaney Smith

The founder of the Athens-based Books for Keeps is looking to expand the nonprofit's reach. See more in this week's paper.

3. Athens Downtown Development Authority

The ADDA stepped in to save Fourth of July fireworks—except they'll be on the first, not the Fourth. More in this week's issue, plus previews of other holiday-week happenings.

4. Athens Transit and UGA Transit

The two local transit systems were awarded a combined $16 million in state funding to replace aging diesel buses with electric and hybrid models.

5. Tug

Flagpole reviewer Lee Adcock praises the band's debut EP, calling it "the sort of non-conforming, freeform cartwheeling that fans of underground bands like Rodan and Trumans Water will recognize and relish." See more in this week's Flagpole.