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.
Germantown could fire officer for neglect of duty
Updated 06/18/2013 at 12:09 a.m.
The Germantown Police Department has recommended firing a 14-year police veteran after he failed to answer calls while he was visiting a friend outside the suburb during his overnight shift.
Home robbery leads to arrests in Bartlett
Published 06/14/2013 at 6:02 p.m.
One of two adults charged with an array of offenses in the robbery of a 14-year-old at his Bartlett home waived his preliminary hearing Friday.
Missing paycheck for Memphis-Shelby teachers stirs concerns
Updated 06/14/2013 at 8:59 p.m.
Unified school district administrators will spend the weekend looking for ways to help employees through the transition to a new payroll plan for Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools employees.
Woman held on bond after her text seeking Xanax goes to Bartlett cop
Updated 06/15/2013 at 12:04 a.m.
A woman who included a Bartlett police lieutenant on a text message seeking the prescription drug Xanax waived her preliminary hearing Friday and was held for the action of the Shelby County grand jury.
Arlington woman sends text seeking Xanax to detective's number, police say
Updated 06/14/2013 at 10:24 a.m.
A woman reportedly trying to buy Xanax sent a mass text message looking for the drug — including to a Bartlett police lieutenant.
Germantown man pleads innocent in death of estranged wife
Updated 06/13/2013 at 12:05 a.m.
A Germantown man charged with second-degree murder in the April death of his estranged wife pleaded not guilty in Germantown Municipal Court Wednesday night and his case was sent to the Shelby County grand jury.
Bartlett adopts $61 million budget, $1.62 property-tax rate
Updated 06/12/2013 at 12:43 a.m.
The Bartlett Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave final approval Tuesday night to a $61 million budget and the $1.62 property-tax rate necessary to fund the financial blueprint for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Arts groups plead with Germantown officials for funding of programs
Updated 06/12/2013 at 12:43 a.m.
Arts supporters lined up at two microphones in the Germantown Council Chambers to let city leaders know they needed money for their particular causes.
Germantown board endorses budget, tax rate on second of three readings
Updated 06/11/2013 at 1 a.m.
The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an annual budget and accompanying 44.5-cent increase to the property-tax rate on the second of three readings Monday night after a standing-room-only crowd voiced opinions about some cuts to funds.
Utilities rates proposed for increases in Bartlett
Published 06/10/2013 at 5:08 p.m.
Bartlett may be intent on holding its tax rate increase to what is necessary to address reappraisal, but there are a couple of fee increases included in the budget for consideration Tuesday night.
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