Bobby's Bama: One city, two states

By Bobby Shuttleworth - bio | email

ARDMORE, AL (WAFF)- Sometimes government agencies can be a little confusing when it comes to cities crossing county lines.

Ardmore is located in two states and four counties.

There are two governments--Ardmore, Tennessee, city government and Ardmore, Alabama, town government.

"I get a lot of calls from people wanting to know where do I pay my utilities?  Where do I go to pay my taxes? There's a little bit of confusion there," said Linda Higginbotham, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce.

Some services serve one town,  while others serve two.

"The water company services Ardmore, proper.  The phone company services Ardmore and surrounding areas. That's on the Alabama and Tennessee sides, both.  We jump back and forth.  We do a lot of state line jumping around here," said Higginbotham. "We have our water department.  We have our fire department, and police department serve both the town and the city."

The two councils meet together sometimes to work out benefits and wages.

"On our Tennessee side we have a mayor and alder people and on our Alabama side we have a mayor also and our council people.  And they take care of the business in each state because there is a lot of differences in the state laws. And it gets really hard figuring out what one state has....than trying to combine the two."

Larry Faulk remembers his home town from his childhood.

"There were two jails and two police departments...two city halls....much is still the same, but there was actually two separate police departments at one time," said Faulk.
Both cities have a town clerk, and the taxes, both property and even sales taxes differ.  Tennessee has a 9.5% sales tax, while the Alabama side is at 8.5%.

On Main Street in downtown Ardmore, for example, everything on one side of the street is Tennessee, and everything on the other side is Alabama.

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