Thank you to Gregg Parker with the Limestone Spirit for this
wonderful article on AthensPlus. Gregg gives outstanding coverage to
all the events and news we have in Athens and Limestone County. The
Limestone Spirit is a part of the Huntsville Times which is
distributed to the residents at no charge. What a generous offering,
coverage for our area at no expense to the residents!
Businesswoman Thinks Athens is
is A ‘plus’ for Teresa Todd
By Gregg L. Parker
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
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
“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 www.AthensPlus.com 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
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
Athens-Limestone Beautiful; Sandy Thompson, Directory of the Veterans
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
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.