The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for Dec. 16-21.
"This country was founded on the ability to shoot straight."
— Ben Brandon, owner of On Target in Rising Fawn, Ga., and a National Rifle Association instructor, on the gun debate sparked by the killings in Newtown, Conn.
"We want to make it like the next Frazier Avenue."
— Melanie Brooks Settles, on the effort to turn a stretch of Brainerd Road into a bustling Brainerd Road Arts District
"Dear God, please watch over our babies today."
— Brenda Rogers, of Chattanooga, praying before dropping off her daughter at kindergarten on the first day of class since the massacre of 20 first-graders and six adults in Newtown, Conn.