How do you come up with the numbers you assign?

Our addressing scheme is based upon distance (Each 1/1000th of a mile (5.28 feet) is a potential address) (Each 1,000 equals a mile). We normally start at the beginning of the road and using a GPS (Global Positioning System), measure the distance of the driveway of the structure we’re assigning an address. The resulting number is the address. Odd addresses are on the left and the even are on the right side. For example, if your address is 2515 Bakerville Rd, you live a little over 2 1/2 miles up the road.

This method of addressing is invaluable for our Emergency Responders. As soon as our dispatchers give them the address they know exactly how far down the road the house is, and on which side of the road. The description of your residence that you provide on the application is added to our local database and can further assist in locating you.

Why do I need to have my driveway cut in or marked before you can assign an address?

The driveway is the key point of the addressing system- it’s the only point of the residence/business that intersects the road, and therefore our only reference point on which to locate the address. In many cases many residences will not be visible from the roadway, making it even more important to locate the address on the driveway. Driveways are the key to the whole operation. We will use a GPS (Global Positioning System) to mark the driveway. If you change your driveway’s location significantly (more than a few feet), your not only changing your address, you could be changing the address of present or future neighbors around you!

We make every effort to get addresses assigned within a few days, however, delays can occur because of issues at the E-911 Office. In the event your address is part of a new subdivision or private road, those road names have to be approved by a vote of the County Commission.

Is the address you assign also my mailing address?

Yes, but check with the local post office concerning where to locate your mailbox.

Now that I have the address, who do I need to give it to?

Make certain when you turn on your telephone service with your service provider that you give them the correct address. When you dial 911 the information that is in their database is what we see in our systems. You will also need to provide the address to public utilities and etc.


The commercial gps market is huge and not designed for public safety. The designated road points most of the time are not in the same location at the designated beginning points used in public safety and 911. Our mapping and addressing is actually set at the location not in an office off of a map. We feel that this accuracy is more important than those in the commercial market because public safety has to be as accurate as possible and not if a package can get to a residence by a courier.

I have moved and I am unsure of my new address, how do I find out what it is?

Contact our office and we will assist you in verifying your new address. Our phone number is 731-696-4833.

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