Athens takes a lot of pride in being a music town – the city that gave us REM, Widespread Panic, the B-52s, and so many more. Now some of the town’s biggest musical luminaries are getting a spot on the Athens Music Walk of Fame. Jimmy Sanders offers us this appreciation.

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe feels creatively liberated these days, and he recently put out a new single — with proceeds going to fight climate change. 

Planners are moving forward with a design for replacing the iconic rail trestle made famous by R.E.M. The group released its first album “Murmur” in 1983 with a picture of the trestle on the back cover.

Now that structure over Dudley Park, often called the Murmur Trestle, is a step closer to being replaced. That after a vote by ACC Commissioners at their most recent meeting.

District 7 Commissioner Russell Edwards voted in favor of the move.