Community Impact Newspaper owners acquire Nashville’s ‘Rover’
Nashville, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2019)—Community Impact Newspaper owners John and Jennifer Garrett have come to terms with American Hometown Publishing Inc. to acquire the Rover brand and operations in Nashville, Tenn. Rover debuted in the Green Hills and Belle Meade areas in May 2018 and quickly became the go-to source of local news for residents.
Community Impact Newspaper recently announced its launch into Nashville, planning to debut its first area edition in the cities of Franklin and Brentwood. Residents there can expect the hyperlocal publication to reach mailboxes in March. Community Impact Newspaper prides itself on delivering high-quality journalism and is excited to bring its commitment to print and community to Tennessee. The addition of the Rover staff and loyal readership will help build momentum in a metro area the Community Impact Newspaper would like to grow with.
The Rover team will join Publisher Patty McHugh and the rest of the Nashville metro team in the new CI office in Cool Springs. McHugh has been with Community Impact Newspaper since June 2012. She started the company’s Spring/Klein (Texas) edition and most recently led the The Woodlands (Texas) edition.
“I am thrilled to be adding the Rover team to the CI Family. Tennessee residents, families and businesses deserve to know what’s happening in the community around them with quality reporting and excellent visuals put together by a passionate team,” McHugh said. “CI provides an opportunity for community connection by covering topics in a unique way, and adding the Rover team will help us continue to build momentum in this vibrant community.”
The free-of-charge newspaper reports on businesses, community news, local government meetings, real estate and transportation developments, education, health care and other issues. Every home, business and apartment in Community Impact Newspaper’s distribution area will receive the award-winning, full-color monthly newspaper by mail.
“Working with American Hometown Publishing CEO Brad Dennison on this purchase has been one of my favorite professional moments,” said John P. Garrett, CEO and founder of Community Impact Newspaper. “We both agreed that our commitment to our people, our readers and our customers made for a unique opportunity to bring these two brands together, and together our teams would better serve the residents of Nashville and surrounding areas.”
“I’m so proud of the Rover team and what we’ve accomplished in Belle Meade and Green Hills this past year,” said Brad Dennison, CEO of American Hometown Publishing. “Rover has become a household name in these communities. Under John’s great leadership, and combined with the vast CI resources and know-how, this will be one of the biggest things to happen in Nashville media in years.”
About Community Impact Newspaper:
Owners John and Jennifer Garrett launched the first edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 with three full-time employees covering Round Rock and Pflugerville in Central Texas. Today, more than 200 employees serve over 45 communities in Texas, Arizona and Tennessee.
The company debuted its new $10 million state-of-the-art printing facility in 2016 next to its headquarters in Pflugerville, Texas.
As other print publications scale back or cut ties altogether, Community Impact Newspaper continues gaining momentum as an information resource to residents. Hyperlocal versions of the paper are delivered monthly to more than 2.3 million homes in Texas and Arizona, and now the paper serves new audiences with its edition in Tennessee. Read more about CI here, or visit us at @ImpactNews on Twitter.