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Kroger looking to add hundreds of employees in the Mid-South and beyond

Kroger is on a hiring spree at the moment.

The grocery chain’s Delta Division – which includes West Tennessee, along with Arkansas, Mississippi and parts of Missouri and Kentucky – is looking to add 767 jobs this year.

The positions range from part-time to management. It’s part of a move by the nation’s largest grocery chain to add about 20,000 permanent positions company-wide this year.

At the moment, Kroger employs more than 375,000 associates.

Big Star news

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As we previously noted, Sept. 2 saw the reissue via Stax Records of Big Star’s “#1 Record” and Radio City albums, remastered from the original analog tape.

Liner notes for the records come courtesy of former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who has some thoughts up at Salon.com today about Big Star.

“I discovered Big Star the same way I discovered much of the music I love — by listening to Peter Buck’s record collection,” he notes. “I knew immediately that I had just heard one of my favorite bands, a band who had gotten it right, who made records that sounded like rock ‘n’ roll bands should sound. A band who wrote all the songs, from flat-out rockers to achingly beautiful ballads that were still somehow rock songs. Songwriting has always been, for me, the most vital gauge of a band’s quality, and these guys were clearly masters.”

It’s a thoughtful meditation on a Memphis act that never got its big break but still created something remarkable anyway, and Mills ends with this:

“Big Star took me on a trip. From Memphis, Tennessee, we went way out West, all the way to India, hanging out the whole time in the back of a car with Morpha, Daisy and a bunch of September girls. I may not have gotten what I deserved, but I found out what it was worth, and it’s still one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.”

Job fairs to be held for Crittenden Regional Hospital workers

In the wake of the news that Crittenden Regional Hospital is closing, there will be several job fairs beginning Tuesday, Aug. 26.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, there will be a health care job fair for physicians at the Schoettle Center Atrium on the campus of Crittenden Regional Hospital.

A health care job fair for non-clinical positions such as environmental services, food services, surgical/OR techs and office support will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. And from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., there will be a health care job fair for clinical positions, such as unit coordinators, CNAs, RNs, APNs, respiratory therapists, rehab, lab, dietitians, radiology and social workers.

Participating employers in the job fairs include Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Tenet/St. Francis (Park/Bartlett), Office Team, OR Inc., Regional One Health, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Helena Regional Medicine, Christ Community Health services, St. Bernard Medical Center, Bright Star, Christ Community Health Services, Southland Greyhound Park & Gaming, Morrison Food Services, Governor’s Dislocated Worker Task Force, Legacy Hospice, Three Rivers Health Care and Arkansas Workforce.

George P. Bush coming to Memphis

As a reminder, George P. Bush, the grandson of President George H. W. Bush, will be in Memphis in a few weeks.

He’ll be the featured speaker at the Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon Sept. 9. Bush will share during the first Leadership Luncheon his thoughts on the role Latinos play in the country and will touch on topics including education reform, immigration and increased civic and political participation by Latinos.

The event will take place at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stevie Wonder performing in Memphis in October

The Consortium MMT, a nonprofit dedicated to help cultivate Memphis’ homegrown musical talent, is honoring Stevie Wonder at “A Soulright Evening,” an event coming in October to the Downtown Cannon Center that will include a performance by Wonder.

The event, presented by Southeastern Asset Management, will be held on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and will include both performances from Wonder as well as artists paying tribute to his repertoire of hits. “American Idol” music director Rickey Minor will serve as producer and music director.

Memphis native and multi-Grammy award winner David Porter founded The Consortium MMT in 2012 to foster a new pool of young musical talent in Memphis.

Dansette

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