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I had our gas and electric changed over on the phone. I went down to Coldwater city hall last Friday to have the water changed to our name, telling the clerk we had just bought the house.

Clerk: “Do you have an ID?”
I hand her my MS drivers license.
Clerk: “Ummm…Do you have anything showing you own the house?”
Me: “Some places take a utility bill as proof of residence. I obviously don’t have that yet. Is it a big problem here, people fraudulently switching over other peoples water and paying their bill?”

Blank stare.

Me: “I can bring my closing papers back next week, but they are in Southaven. Will that work?”
Clerk: “Yessir”
Me: “BTW, what day is trash pickup?”
Her: “Friday……or Saturday”
Me: ? “…..ok”

Today I return. Hand her the papers. Fill out her form.

Me: “What is the source of Coldwater’s municipal water supply?”

Her, as she points out the window and I turn to look:
“The water tower.”

Me, as I hand her my debit card for the $80 deposit:
“Mmmm. Where does it come from before it get’s up there?”

Her: “I have no idea, but we only take cash, check or money order.”
Me: ? “I’ll be back in a bit”

Kenny Ellis

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On September 6, 2017, we bought a 134+ year old Colonial Revival Eclectic known locally in Coldwater, Mississippi, as Ms. Sadie’s Place. We aren’t sure of the age of the house yet; there are old photos dating back to 1883, when she was a much smaller but established version of herself. In 1942, she was moved a mile South, along with the rest of the town of Coldwater (including a massive church) to make way for the Arkabutla Reservoir, built by the WPA in response to the Great…


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