The Grease Goddess

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This article has nothing to do with white-collar crime, as best I can tell, but who can argue with the new  Grease Goddess of Athens, Alabama?

When Helen Carter of Elkmont received notification that she is the first “Athena, Grease Goddess” for Saturday’s second annual Athens Grease Festival, she thought the caller was pulling her fried chicken leg.

“I don’t know what to say,” Carter said. “Are you joking with me? That’s pretty dad-gum good.”

Carter worked 25 years as director of the Athens Senior Center.

“She gives Athens the royal treatment when it comes to her volunteering spirit. My idea was to honor someone who, like the Greek version of Athena, loves the City of Athens,” said festival spokeswoman Holly Hollman. “We were looking for someone who gives back to the city by volunteering, being involved in community events and helping make Athens a great place to live.”