Classic CCL Cookbooks Re-Released To Help Change Lives Through Literacy

  • Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Catoosa Citizens for Literacy revamps its two cookbooks Stirring Up Success with a Southern Flavor and Stirring Up Additional Success with a Southern Flavor, offering a variety of choices from celebrities and Catoosa County residents. 

Entertainer, actor, author and syndicated columnist Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” co-authored the two projects released initially in 2003 and 2009 with Shirley Smith welcoming 100 celebrity friends from music, movies and television, to raise funds for Catoosa County’s Learning Center near Ringgold and its programs. 

“These make a nice Christmas gift especially if you have a family member included in the original books and didn’t get one the first time,” Mr. Franks said. “Friendship is a wonderful gift and I am thankful to all my media friends who graciously donated recipes, words of encouragement and photos to help us raise funds for the Learning Center. Now through the internet the gift can keep on giving to change lives.”

Mr. Franks previously served as Catoosa Citizens for Literacy chairman and co-chairman and is currently a taskforce member. The organization coordinates the Learning Center. For more information about Mr. Franks, visit

The two collections feature hundreds of recipes from more than 100 of the south's personalities, politicians, performers from television, movies, country, bluegrass and Southern gospel music, as well as members and supporters of the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy and students of the Catoosa County's Shirley Smith Learning Center located just outside Ringgold.

Catoosa County artists Chuck Frye and Cathy Cooksey created special paintings for the two covers. 

The Catoosa County Learning Center, on the Benton Place campus just off Battlefield Parkway, offers free day and evening GED classes The Catoosa Citizens for Literacy provide $160 towards the test fee to Catoosa County residents. Reading and math tutoring are available. Free childcare is available. Free transportation is available. 

Ms. Smith, who is the Learning Center executive director, is excited to find a new worldwide avenue via the internet for the fundraisers.

“These books are wonderful collections which reflect the people and places in Catoosa County and recipes from not only the celebrities but from the students, teachers, volunteers, supporters and CCL taskforce members which helped uplift the lives of so many families in Catoosa County,” Ms. Smith said. “The books share stories of the Learning Center including numerous student successes. Anyone should want to make one of these  part of their family keepsakes.”

Among the celebrities are music artists from Alan Jackson to Faith Hill, Tracy Lawrence to Dolly Parton. Actors and actresses span from M*A*S*H star Alan Alda to Annette O’Toole. Several presidents and first ladies are represented as well as Georgia political notables. Sports personalities include college football’s Vince and Barbara Dooley, baseball’s Rick Honeycutt, and Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Lou Retton. 

A limited supply of both books is available for a $15 donation at the Catoosa County Learning Center, 36 Muscogee Trail, at Benton Place near Ringgold. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Learning Center will close Dec. 21-Jan. 1.

The books can also be ordered online for $19.95 at  For more information, call the Learning Center at 706-965-8275 or visit

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