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Empowering Youth

By Ashlee Duren | Photos Courtesy of Chess and Community Lemuel LaRoche is empowering children in Athens one move at a time. His mission is simple – Think Before You Move. Through his non-profit, Chess and Community, LaRoche strives to develop the next generation of leaders by teaching them critical thinking, academic enrichment and community…

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Enlightened Media Productions

Broderick Flanigan was born and raised in Athens. He came back after college and never left; its home, and he’s determined to use his skills and passions to improve the city in any way he can. “I have a responsibility to make it better. That’s something I don’t take lightly,” he says. He has channeled…

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Sons of Sawdust

A series of unfortunate events led brothers Matt and Ben Hobbs to begin a business that now has international reach, with customers calling from as far as Canada for their stunning products. Although Ben no longer works at Sons of Sawdust, Matt has continued to produce custom farm tables, furniture, and entire spaces—all from reclaimed…

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Every town has a story, a history shaped by the people and institutions that live there. But who tells that story? Athens has a new nonprofit that has spurred a revival of collaboration through something as simple as storytelling. Athensmade is a group of local businesses and entrepreneurs that provide mentors, networking, partnerships and a…

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