About Clay Bailey
BiographyClay Bailey has covered Shelby County suburbs more than 20 years, at one time or another assigned to outlying offices in Germantown, Millington and currently as the bureau chief of the Bartlett office. He is a 1977 graduate of Memphis State University and started his local newspaper career at the old Press-Scimitar. Bailey joined The Commercial Appeal in 1983 after the closing of the Press-Scimitar. He also is a freelance sportswriter for the Associated Press. His wife, Martha, has tolerated his career and rants for more than 30 years, and they have a grown son and a married daughter.
02/21/1991 - current
Wrestler Jerry Lawler feeling better and talking, friends say
Updated 09/12/2012 at 9:56 p.m.
Jerry Lawler was talking and laughing Wednesday, according to those close to him. It will be awhile before the Memphis wrestling icon is back at work, but there is optimism in the kingdom.
Local emergency officials deploying to help in Oklahoma
Updated 05/20/2013 at 8:32 p.m.
About 80 members of Tennessee Task Force One were scheduled to deploy to the Oklahoma City area Monday night to help with search and rescue efforts in the communities ravaged by tornadoes earlier in the day.
Arlington, Collierville and Millington vote to hold municipal school referendums
Updated 05/21/2013 at 12:24 a.m.
Three Shelby County suburbs will consider separate ordinances on final readings Monday for July 16 referendums to establish municipal schools in the respective cities.
Cordova residents continue to study deannexation options
Updated 05/18/2013 at 12:40 a.m.
County and state election leaders said last week supporters of deannexing Cordova had no legal foundation for their hopes. Now, those folks are looking for a way to prove them wrong.
Germantown opts to stay with night court
Published 05/17/2013 at 5:41 p.m.
Despite strong closing arguments from staff supporters about Germantown Municipal Court moving to daytime, City Administrator Patrick Lawton has ruled against the idea, and court will continue at night.
Great Race headed for another overnight stop in Germantown
Published 05/17/2013 at 5:16 p.m.
An annual cross-country road rally featuring vintage cars will stop in Germantown again this summer for an overnight stay.
Safe in Memphis: Neighborhood Watch growing in Bartlett
Published 05/16/2013 at 7:44 p.m.
Bartlett police Lt. Todd Halford is working with more than 70 Neighborhood Watch programs in the suburb these days — some new, some existing, some resurrecting.
Election Commission rejects Cordova's deannexation effort
Updated 05/15/2013 at 6:56 p.m.
Cordova residents believe they have legal standing to seek a referendum on seceding from Memphis, but state and local election officials believe there are enough legal opinions to offset that idea, and plan to tell the residents so today.
Bartlett board gives initial approval to budget calling for tax rate increase
Published 05/14/2013 at 9:30 p.m.
The Bartlett Board of Mayor and Aldermen dealt with beer and the budget Tuesday night.
Man charged with assault after possible abduction attempt from Bartlett Library
Published 05/13/2013 at 5:34 p.m.
A Memphis man was ordered held on $50,000 bond Monday on simple assault and evading arrest charges in a case authorities believe was intended as an abduction at the Bartlett Public Library last Friday.
Germantown Court may change from nighttime to day
Updated 05/10/2013 at 11:32 p.m.
Some Germantown officials would like to see the suburb's night court moved to daytime, but logistical problems could make the change difficult.
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