Scout hires new sales associate
Debbie Dills, started working in the front office of the Cherokee Scout on Nov. 15, 2013, has been named the local newspaper’s newest sales associate.
Dills replaces sales manager Donna Cook, who retired Friday after serving 43 years with the Scout. Cook’s personality and experience will be hard to replace.
“Donna was an absolute joy to work with, personally and professionally, and we will all miss her,” Scout Publisher David Brown said. “But I’m happy to report that Debbie has worked hard to deserve this promotion, and she will do a great job of serving the local business community.”
Dills, who was born and raised in Murphy, has been a fixture in the front office of the Scout, helping customers, taking classified ads, making subscription calls and more. She also spent a few years working in the front office of the Andrews Journal before the two newspapers merged earlier this year.
“It's no secret that I like people, so getting to come to work every day is a blessing,” Dills said. “A new adventure with the Cherokee Scout has begun. My hope is that I can do a good job and make more friends who seem like family.”
Her Valleytown experience will come in handy, as Andrews is one of Debbie’s new sales territories. She also will serve parts of Murphy and all of Brasstown, Marble, Nantahala, Peachtree and even Robbinsville for our affiliate newspaper, The Graham Star.
The Scout’s other sales associate, Dave Stevens, will continue to serve Cherokee County from Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy to the Georgia and Tennessee state lines.
“Advertising sales is how your local newspaper is able to send reporters to cover government meetings, breaking news, sports events and human interest stories. We’re there so you don’t have to be,” Brown said, “but it takes advertising to make that happen. Please give Dave or Debbie a call, and they’d be glad to share ideas on how to grow your business.”