Bucking a national trend, Leiper's Fork has become a two newspaper town. Its funky monthly giveaway, Leiper's Fork Life
, which was founded and staffed by local volunteers, began as an odd miscellany of recipes, profiles, essays, gardening tips, and shameless promotion of the town. But it was gobbled up last year by Gannett as part of a package deal with Nashville Lifestyles
No one at LFL
was quite prepared for Gannett, and cracks eventually appeared in the deal which led to the recent resignation of Catherine Anderson, the founder and editor of the paper. Everyone says the parting was amicable, as such things go, and LFL
has now passed into the capable hands of veteran journalist Vickie Stout. From its initial issue last month it appears that the new version of the paper is going to be more society-oriented than it used to be--lots of pictures of people standing around looking uncomfortable at parties.
In the meantime, Anderson is launching a new, competing paper called Hills & Hamlet
. The publisher of the new paper will be Brandy Blanton of Franklin, publisher of the well established Southern Exposure
. The format for H&H
, as far as Anderson knows, will be basically the same as the old LFL
Which raises the question of why anyone should care so much about Leiper's Fork in the first place, but that's a larger story.