Girl Scout Cookie Sales Begin Friday

Monday, January 07, 2013

Thin Mints, Samoas, and six other cookies are back as the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians launches its annual cookie program. 

Girls begin taking orders Friday. A new website, IWantCookies.org, allows customers who don’t know a Girl Scout personally to reserve cookies in advance. IWantCookies.org will also be ready to accept cookie reservations on Friday.

"Everyone knows how tasty Girl Scout Cookies are, but there’s more to our cookies than what’s in the box,” said the council’s CEO Booth Kammann. “Every box of cookies a girl sells is an investment in her future.”

Girls learn five key skills through the sale: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and the art of communicating with people.

“Girls will use these key skills throughout their lives,” Kammann said. 

Troops have spent months preparing for the sale, and every penny earned stays within the council area. Girls use their profits to fund educational activities, trips, community service projects, and more. The council’s proceeds provide essential services to girls and volunteers.

The iconic cookie boxes have been redesigned for the first time since 1999 to capture Girl Scouting’s role as the nation’s premier leadership experience for girls. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Kennerly captured images of girls working together, traveling, and volunteering for the new boxes.

Also new this year, all customers may purchase and donate cookies to members of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard from Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia through the “Building a Mountain of Hope” program. All cookies remain $3.50 per box, a zero-increase over last year’s price. 

Girl Scouts will take orders Friday-Feb. 10. Cookie deliveries and booth sales are March 1-24. For more information, visit girlscoutcsa.org or call  1-800-474-1912.



Collegedale Celebrates First National Night Out Tuesday

The city of Collegedale will be participating in its first annual National Night Out on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Southern Adventist University's Campus at Thatcher South and Iles Drive. The Collegedale Police Department will be joined by the Tri-Community Fire Department, Hamilton County EMS, Hamilton County 911 and Southern Adventist University's Campus Safety.   The ... (click for more)

United Way Supporter Goes Over The Edge

When Over the Edge starts sending Chattanoogans over the top ofthe SunTrust Building Thursday, KMT Creative Group’s Digital Brand Strategist Noelle Omer will be among those viewing the city from a whole new angle.   KMT Creative Group is a corporate supporter of United Way of Greater Chattanooga and its mission of advancing the common good.  “Supporting ... (click for more)

Teen, 17, Charged With Aggravated Rape In Attack On 69-Year-Old North Chattanooga Runner

A 17-year-old has been charged with aggravated rape in connection with an attack on a 69-year-old runner in North Chattanooga on Monday morning. The teen was identified by Juvenile Court officials as Diontae Smartt. Authorities said he has given a confession. Smartt has a detention hearing Thursday at 12:30. The incident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. ... (click for more)

Berke Implements New Pay Plan For Chattanooga Fire Department

Mayor Andy Berke joined the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and leadership of the Chattanooga Fire Department to unveil the department’s new pay plan Wednesday afternoon. At a press conference at Fire Hall #1 on Main Street, Mayor Berke and IAFF Local 820 President Jack Thompson signed a memorandum of understanding which sets forth regular raises for fire ... (click for more)

Leaders Lead On Amendment 1

This week the Hamilton County Commission was faced with what I believe may be one of the most important votes they have cast during their tenure.  Granted, the vote was over a "mere" Resolution that resulted in no overt action or new law in our county.  But there are times when simply speaking Truth and taking a stand on a foundational Principle is paramount and as such ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Expert Reasons Why To Vote

Early voting for the November election begins two weeks from today so please jump-start your plans that will assure your choices will be counted. In a fun-filled attempt to show what some of those who actually vote do during the rest of the day, I offer two examples of “those who live among us” from experts. The first are a series of questions from readers of “Dear Abby” who ask ... (click for more)