The hustle and bustle of downtown Athens will soon be met with music. The Limestone County Commission is working on adding a speaker system that will broadcast tunes around the square.
“This would be a wireless speaker system that will actually tune in to satellite. We could play Christmas music during the season,” said Limestone County Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough.
The speakers will be attached to light poles around the Limestone County Courthouse. Officials say the speakers will not only be used for holiday music but also as a public address system during festivals.
“We would be able to Bluetooth microphone, so stuff like when we show cars on The Square like we had the Vietnam veterans dedication this past weekend. We would have a sound system already in place,” Yarbrough said.
The project is expected to cost about $20,000. “We already received a check for $10,000 from Senator Tim Melson. Limestone County Commission is going to contribute $5,000 and the city of Athens is going to contribute $5,000,” Yarbrough explained.
Officials believe the added feature will attract more people to the revitalized downtown square. “We just got through doing a $7.4 million renovation of our historic 100 year courthouse. That courthouse is the heartbeat, it is the heart of Limestone County we just have so many venues and so many activities that happen around the square,” said Yarbrough.
Right now the county is in the process of soliciting bids for the speaker system.