But with GCI cutting costs by asking publishers to oversee multiple papers, Gannett Blog readers are speculating on this open-comments post about what's next in Clarksville:
- "If you have another Gannett paper near by, you might have a shared pub. A few papers are already putting a pub over more than one paper."
- "Nearest Clarksville is Nashville, where the publisher has her hands filled already. . . . The retiring Clarksville publisher is 68, three years beyond normal retirement age, and kept around to allow GCI to figure out what to do. I gather he got fed up waiting for a decision after three years. The big game plan, I once heard, involved folding both the Leaf-Chronicle and the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal into the Tennessean, despite the distances involved. Think that plan still alive, maybe part of the move towards creating statewide newspapers in Arizona, New Jersey and Tennessee. Stay tuned."
- "Putting middle Tennessee together a long-time GCI dream. Dickson, Gallatin, Henderson, Fairview and Ashland already under the Tennessean, so it would only be a small step to bring in Clarksville and Murfreesboro. The problem is that the Tennessean's presses are already contracted out to other publications, including Nashville Scene, City Paper, and the Nashville Business Journal. Cramming the other publications would be very difficult, but would save a huge amount of money. Since Gannett is looking for cost savings, I'll bet they will go ahead with this plan and work out the difficulties afterwards."
- Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville: 21,253 daily, 24,551 Sunday
- The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro: 14,635 daily, 18,159 Sunday
- The Jackson Sun, Jackson: 31,596 daily, 36,915 Sunday
- Tennessean, Nashville: 162,911 daily, 224,318 Sunday