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Dammit, Gannett

This week, congratulations are in order.

The Commercial Appeal hired local food personality Jennifer Chandler. It's a good start at re-staffing but only a start.

Recent, high-profile departures from the paper include:

Business reporter Wayne Risher

Weekday columnist/jack-of-all trades: Chris Herrington

Photographer: Jim Weber

Former editor/monthly columnist: Otis Sanford

Sportswriter and columnist: Geoff Calkins

Environmental reporter: Tom Charlier

Investigative reporter: Marc Perrusquia

Content strategist: Jacinthia Jones

Government and politics editor: Clay Bailey

On July 8th, the paper dedicated the top half of the Business section to a "help wanted" sign. Frankly, they could have gone bigger.

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Rats

RIP to Memphis wrestler/manager Nate the Rat. The mouthy heel was a sometimes friend and occasional foe of Jerry Lawler. He earned his nickname and once found himself on the receiving end of a mighty slap after accusing the King of lying about his mother's stroke to elicit sympathy from all of Memphis' "rednecks and hillbillies."

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