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We are a healthy, happy community; a perfect place to raise your family and operate your business. From our nationally recognized annual Storytelling Festival and abundant outdoor activities to jobs in heavy manufacturing and high tech, Limestone County has something to offer everyone. Welcome Home to Limestone County.

Limestone County is located in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The County is in the center of the Tennessee Valley with the Tennessee River running along the southern end of the county. The county name comes from a large creek, which flows through it, its bed of hard limestone. Limestone County rests on the northern bank of the mighty Tennessee River and stretches to the southern boundary of the State of Tennessee. Limestone County comprises an area of 565 square miles with a 2010 Census population of 82,782 with 21,897 people inside the City of Athens. Athens is the county seat located approximately 1.5 miles west of Interstate 65. Limestone County has an excellent highway system, which includes I-65, I-565, U.S. 31, U.S. 72, AL 20, AL 99, AL 127, and AL 251. Athens and Limestone County offer a community rich in Southern tradition, which is poised for tremendous future growth.

The mission of the Limestone County Commission is to demonstrate good stewardship over financial resources, provide exceptional services to its citizens, and promote economic opportunities to enhance the quality of life for its people.

In keeping with that mission, The Limestone County Commission administers a combined budget of $29,666,614.00. This budget supports the operation of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, Limestone County Judge of Probate’s Office, Limestone County Revenue Commissioner’s Office, and Limestone County License Commissioner’s Office, Limestone County Council on Aging and supports the operation various other services to the citizens of Limestone County. A portion of the budget is also used to maintain 1064 miles of roadways in Limestone County.

A message from Limestone County Commission regarding the new Automated Solid Waste Collection Service:

Please click on this link for the interactive map. You can enter your address and the map will show you your location and your designated Solid Waste Collection Day. CLICK HERE FOR THE INTERACTIVE MAP As a reminder; If you are currently receiving Solid Waste Collection Service from a municipality, such as Athens or Madison, then your service will not change. However, if you live in unincorporated Limestone County, please click on the link and enter your address to see your designated Solid Waste Collection Day.

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Browse, search, view, save, and share digitized Limestone County government records, historic photos and documents, and local history articles and videos.

Sheriff’s Office

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The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Facility is located at the intersection of Elm and Wheeler streets. We are here to serve you.


Limestone County was created by an act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly February 6, 1818.  Read about our history here.


The primary mission of the board is voter registration. It takes a majority vote of the board for an application to be accepted and the voter registered. 

Driver’s License

Our goal is to make every experience with our office as pleasant and proficient as possible making regular improvements in how we serve our neighbors.

Fire Departments

If you have an emergency in Athens or Limestone county, the staff at Athens-Limestone 911 will get you the help needed as quick as possible.