Historic tree in Athens topples during overnight storms

Business owners in the area say they hope the legacy of this historic tree lives on somehow.

Posted: Feb 13, 2020 7:19 AM
Updated: Feb 13, 2020 1:00 PM

UPDATE: The City of Athens says crews are working Thursday morning to clear the sidewalk on Marion Street by the courthouse. The tree fell on five cars Wednesday night.

According to Holly Hollman, a spokesperson for the city, once the limbs are cleared, workers will remove the four cars remaining under the tree.

Courtesy of the City of Athens

Marion Street between Washington and Market streets will remain closed until the tree is cleared. The public can still access the businesses there but should stay out of the street.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Part of South Marion Street on the Athens Courthouse Square is blocked Thursday morning after a historic tree toppled during Wednesday night's storms.

Officers say they're grateful no one was injured when the tree fell. 

Business owners in the area say they hope the legacy of this historic tree lives on somehow.

This land is owned by the county, so it'll be up to them to clean it up. For now, caution tape surrounds the tree, and barricades will be blocking part of the road until the tree is removed.

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