The Dresden Enterprise is now a part of the Magic Valley Publishing Co., Inc. group of community newspapers focused on enhancing the lives of its readers by providing relevant and timely local content.
The announcement of the change in ownership comes from MVP president Dennis Richardson and group publisher Daniel Richardson who are happy that The Enterprise is now part of the family.
“We are excited to expand the footprint of our newspaper company in West Tennessee,” Dennis Richardson said.
MVP is headquartered just down the road in Camden and includes 16 other community newspaper titles, mostly in county seats just like Dresden.
The staff includes Publisher Daniel Richardson, editor Sabrina Bates, reporter and graphic artist Jasmine Williams and reporter David Fisher.
“I’m excited to bring this great staff and great publication into the MVP family,” group publisher Daniel Richardson said. “We’re going to enjoy growing together and continuing tell the story of Dresden and Weakley County one story at a time.”
MVP was founded in 1986, three years after Dennis and Lisa Richardson purchased the Carroll County News-Leader in Huntingdon. Lisa formerly worked at The Martin Bank in Martin and Clarksville-Montgomery County General Hospital in Clarksville. The couple owns 100 percent of MVP.
Dennis, a graduate of UT Martin in Communications, was a former award-winning editor of the Weakley County Press from 1975-1977 when it was twice-weekly. From there, he moved to the daily Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville before he and Lisa ventured into business with the purchase of the Huntingdon newspaper.
He is a member of the Camden Rotary Club and a deacon at the church of Christ in Camden.
He serves on the board of directors for the National Newspaper Association and owns his brokerage company The Richardson Group.
“I am happy to be a part of the Weakley County business community again,” Dennis said.
Daniel grew up in the newspaper industry and began his full-time news career as editor of the Hickman County Gazette in Clinton, Ky. He is a former US Marine and graduate of UT Martin. Daniel and his wife Lena have three daughters: Emmalyn (8), Elizabeth (6), and Ella (2).
MVP newspapers include Dresden Enterprise, Carroll County News-Leader, The Camden Chronicle, Waverly News-Democrat, Buffalo River Review in Linden, Wayne County News in Waynesboro, The Shoppers News, Family Classifieds, Chester County Independent in Henderson, Crockett County Times in Alamo, Lake County Banner in Tiptonville, The Leader in Covington, The Millington Star, The Bartlett Express, Collierville Herald-Independent, Shelby Sun Times and The Germantown News.