Memphis hits record employment rate; Sherra Wright refused parole

The downtown Memphis skyline seen from the Hernando De Soto Bridge on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Hello, Memphis, where the poor campaign kicked off in Memphis on Monday and Penny Hardaway gave us a preview of what we can expect from the Tigers in the upcoming season.

But, first, a report from the Greater Memphis Chamber shows that the Memphis area has now recovered all of the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports our Corinne Kennedy.

The Greater Memphis area had recovered about 70,000 jobs lost during the pandemic by March. In April, the region hit a record employment level of 661,400.

“So to see this type of recovery in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, I think it’s surprising, of course, that this element is,” said Ted Townsend, director of economic development for the chamber. “But for us, we are encouraged by the dynamism and resilience of our economy and the way it is developing.”

Sherra Wright appeared in court Thursday, July 25, 2019 to plead guilty to the murder of her husband Lorenzen Wright in Memphis, Tenn.

Sherra Wright denied parole in Lorenzen Wright’s sentence

The Tennessee parole board denied Sherra Wright’s parole application, and she is not expected to appear before the board again until 2027, according to our report by Lucas Finton and Micaela Watts.

Wright’s request was first heard on May 11, where at least one member recommended that his request be denied, but the official denial came days later and cited the seriousness of the crime as reasoning.

In 2019, Sherra Wright was sentenced to 30 years after pleading guilty to orchestrating the 2010 murder of Lorenzen Wright, her ex-husband and former University of Memphis and Grizzlies basketball star.

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Kroger fined for breaching Southaven child labor laws

Kroger was fined $13,673 civil after the Southaven store allowed minors to perform hazardous work and exceeded hours set for minors by federal child labor standards, reports our Gina Butkovich .

US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found the Kroger in Southaven was allowing three underage workers, aged 16 and 17, to load a trash compactor with the keys into the machine to enable the working. It also allowed a 15-year-old employee to work more than three hours on a school day and more than 18 hours during a school week.

People march through the streets of downtown Memphis, from Robert R. Church Park to the National Civil Rights Museum, with the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Renewal championing social justice movements on Monday, May 23, 2022.

The campaign of the poor marches in Memphis

A small horse-drawn buggy drove more than 200 people from Robert R. Church Park to the National Civil Rights Museum. Marching in pairs, the group stretched more than half a mile long and people in apartments and houses along the route of the march came out onto their porches to watch the line go by, our Gina Butkovich reports. .

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