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Athens Power Rankings for the Week of Sept. 9

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.

1. Aaron Murray (Last week: N/A)

After three tries, the UGA quarterback finally beat South Carolina, setting the Bulldogs on course to win the SEC East. It wasn’t just a victory for the football program—a successful season means more fans coming into town and more money pumped into the Athens economy.

2. Paul Cramer (Last week: N/A)

What Cramer wants, Cramer gets. In spite of concerns about financial risk and animal abuse at circuses, he won commission approval to float $5.4 million in bonds for additional parking and arena-style events at the Classic Center.

3. Echo (Last Week: N/A)

The much-anticipated vegan restaurant in the old Farm 255 space is open and hosting live music.

4. The Spectacular Now (Last Week: 2)

Rave reviews of the coming-of-age movie directed in Athens by Athens native James Ponsoldt continue to roll in.

5. Pamela Thompson (Last Week: 5)

The Athens Downtown Development Authority continues to get its act together, holding a retreat last week to set goals for improving downtown. What are they? Read City Dope on Wednesday to find out.

Honorable Mention: Kathy Hoard

The Athens-Clarke County commissioner was on the list two weeks ago. She graciously thanked us for the honor at last Tuesday’s commission meeting, but we’re forced to retroactively bump her down a few notches because she admitted she’s never heard of Patterson Hood. WTH?