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.
Bartlett finalist endured rocky tenure atop Loudon County school system
Published 12/12/2013 at 6:53 p.m.
Wayne Honeycutt, one of the finalists for the Bartlett schools superintendent post, left his job as director of Loudon County Schools not of his own choosing, but after the school board decided not to renew his contract.
Shelby Schools deputy David Stephens among superintendent finalists revealed in suburbs
Updated 12/12/2013 at 12:07 a.m.
Municipal school district boards want to move fast in making their first hire the superintendent of respective systems.
Bartlett board approves funding of new school system for first 3 months of 2014
Published 12/10/2013 at 9:24 p.m.
Mayor McDonald refers to a "blessing in disguise" with the municipal schools delay -- plumped up coffers for schools.
Bartlett school board presents three-month budget for startup costs
Updated 12/09/2013 at 9:08 p.m.
Suburbs Bartlett and Lakeland approve temporary budgets for schools.
Two groups accredit Embry-Riddle
Published 12/09/2013 at 11:42 a.m.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which has a Memphis campus, has been certified by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center.
Shelby County Mayor Luttrell declares state of emergency
Published 12/06/2013 at 12:07 p.m.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell declared a state of emergency in the county just before noon Friday, as dropping temperatures contributed to icy conditions.
Wreck on Hickory Hill kills 39-year-old man
Published 12/06/2013 at 7:33 a.m.
A 39-year-old man died Thursday from injuries he suffered in a two-car traffic accident on Hickory Hill near Fox Ridge.
Bartlett police seek pair of thieves who stole the wrong ATV
Published 12/05/2013 at 6:28 p.m.
Bartlett police have issued theft warrants for two men who picked the wrong all-terrain vehicle to steal — one belonging to the department and equipped with a tracking device as bait.
Germantown students display math and science skills in Battle of the Brains
Published 12/04/2013 at 8:41 p.m.
Students from Germantown and Houston high schools faced each other in the field of competition Wednesday, not on passing a football but seeing who could pass the muster of some savvy judges in the fields of math and science.
Suburbs take historic step in start of municipal schools; former Shelby County superintendent withdraws from consideration in 2
Updated 12/02/2013 at 10 p.m.
As the suburbs held ceremonies Monday to swear in their new school boards, word emerged John Aitken withdrew from the superintendent race.
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