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Businesswoman Thinks Athens is A+

Athens is A ‘plus’ for Teresa Todd
By Gregg L. Parker
Limestone Spirit
May 12th 2010

ATHENS – Teresa Todd, owner of AthensPlus, is proud to be an Athenian and has no problem letting folks know what a perfect place it is to raise a family and to call home.

Todd believes Athens has “some wonderful people, passionate about our town, and always willing to take on projects and fundraisers.”

However, she wants younger residents to volunteer and assist with a civic activity. “This would help out tremendously and allow those who oversee the projects to enjoy the activities,” like the Hospice Chili Challenge and Poke Sallet Follies.

“The way our community works together is our greatest asset,” Todd said.

Todd’s current career began in the 1980s. “Before the Internet, my husband Don had envisioned a networking service where the public could negotiate the purchase of homes, autos and equines,” Todd said.

“In 2001, we decided it was a perfect time to see if this idea could become a reality. We began compiling information on our hometown -- for our hometown,” she said.

They launched in January 2002. AthensPlus is a business and information directory with links to Athens churches and schools, medical practices and retailers.

“The ‘plus’ in AthensPlus allows for the business to grow as we begin to service additional areas and needs of the residents,” Todd said.

The site promotes non-profit and local organizations, including Hospice of Limestone County, American Red Cross, United Way, along with fire, rescue and police departments. “Just a few organizations we take for granted. They’re always there for us when we need them.”

In earlier jobs, she worked as a bank teller in Nashville, Tn, realtor in Orlando, Fla. and buyer for a manufacturing plant in Huntsville.

In civic duties, Todd is Webmaster and board member plus the recording secretary for the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives. She is vice president of the Spirit of Athens, which is “making visual and social improvements downtown.” She received the group’s 2008 Service of Giving award. She also serves on the Tourism Board and is currently a Chamber Ambassador.

She commended the non profits ability to work well together such as the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Jeanette Dunnavant; Lynn Hart with Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful; Sandy Thompson, Directory of the Veterans Museum; and Trisha Black, Director of Spirit of Athens.

“Jeanette has brought new life to downtown with her own projects, such as Singing on the Square and Delmore Days,” she said.

“Mayor Dan Williams, Sheriff Mike Blakely and Commissioner David Seibert are attuned to the community’s needs,” Todd said.

Todd has owned and ridden Tennessee walking horses since she was four years old and shown horses across Tennessee and Alabama. She owns two horses, two dogs and two cats. She is a member of Limestone Family Church in Athens.

She majored in accounting at the University of Tennessee in Nashville and received a diploma in interior design from Watkins Institute. She also attended Calhoun Community College in computer science and cosmetology  and business finance at Athens State University.

Todd grew up in Nashville and moved with her family to Athens in 1987. She lives in the Elkmont community.

Her sons are Matt, who lives in Huntsville, and Evan, a marketing and business student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


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