published Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Quoteworthy

The most memorable quotes in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for Aug. 24-29

"I'll miss my co-workers. I will miss my passengers. I don't think I'll miss driving. I'm tired of driving."

-- Fred Wheeler, retiring as CARTA's most senior bus driver with almost 43 years and 1 million miles behind the wheel

"I think what the city did, which has turned out to be an expensive gamble, the city sought to have permit conditions that showed the city as an environment-forward city. But they were a little too ambitious."

-- Mike Mallen, attorney and former member of a blue-ribbon stormwater panel, the day before Chattanooga's Stormwater Advisory Board voted to abandon tough runoff standards in favor of the state's minimal requirements

"When they call 911 or when they call for help a lot of times there are no interpreters, no one who can understand what they are saying."

-- Stacy Johnson, executive director of La Paz, on the need for more Spanish-speaking personnel in the Chattanooga Police Department to serve a growing Latino population in the city

"We will get to the bottom of it and get it right without any hesitation."

-- James Kennedy, chairman of the Chattanooga Library Board, after audit findings criticized library director Corinne Hill and her top two employees for improper reimbursements, misuse of vacation time and other improprieties

"Anybody who didn't see this coming is blind."

-- Hamilton County school board member Rhonda Thurman, who blamed teacher union support for the Affordable Care Act as the reason for rising insurance costs, before the board voted to bar school employees' spouses from the schools health insurance plan unless they can't get insurance through their own employers

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