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Athens Power Rankings for the Week of Apr. 25

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. Athens Human Rights Festival

One of Athens’ most iconic annual events returns this weekend with a full lineup of music, speakers, performers and more, including a May Day workers’ rights march. See this week’s paper for more info. 

2. Pylon

The Classic City legends are releasing a double-LP of a 1983 show at the Mad Hatter.

3. Hope Zimmerman

The family and consumer science teacher is at the forefront of Clarke Middle School’s evolving sustainability culture. See this week’s Locavore for more.

4. New Madrid

The local rockers are celebrating the release of a new album with a show at the Caledonia next week. Stay tuned for this week’s Record Review.

5. Matthew Hicks

He’s an Athens real estate investor who has devoted much of his life to helping area refugees. See this week’s paper for the story.


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