Local doctor wins national public service honor

Dr. Joe Bailey speaking in Washington after winning a national public service award. (Craig Ford, WTVA)
Dr. Joe Bailey speaking in Washington after winning a national public service award. (Craig Ford, WTVA)
Reported by: Craig Ford
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Updated: 6/18/2013 9:18 pm
WASHINGTON (WTVA) — A physician from North Mississippi was surprised Tuesday night with a national public service honor.

Dr. Joe Bailey was named a Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award winner during the national Jefferson Awards welcome dinner in Washington.

The award is presented to a handful of people every year for outstanding community service in local cities and towns.

Bailey founded the Tree of Life Clinic, a Tupelo-based effort to provide health care to people who do not have health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

He was in the nation's capital as this year's local representative for the Jefferson Awards, which is referred to as the Nobel Prize for public service.
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