published Sunday, March 2nd, 2014


The most memorable quotes in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for Feb. 23-March 1.

“Lots of cities are facing these issues and it’s a rare city that’s actually been able to accomplish what we did tonight.”

— Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke after the City Council unanimously approved fire and police pension reforms that stabilize the pension fund, protect retiree benefits and save taxpayers $227 million over the next couple of decades.

“It doesn’t surprise me that this happened in East Ridge. It doesn’t surprise me at all.”

— East Ridge resident Butch Bryon on contradictory city ordinances, one of which is fake, governing wrecker services. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the issue.

“It’s going to have to be a tax increase one day. All of us are going to have to face that one day.”

— Hamilton County Board of Education member George Ricks on the need for more money for the school district.

“I know you’re not asking parts of our community to pay taxes and get nothing for it. I don’t see that happening.”

— Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey criticizing the school system’s list of construction projects, which does not include projects in poorer areas like his district.

“Men are very happy to declare their success. But women focus on the team. … Sometimes you’ve got to tell the boss you did it.”

— Former television anchor Connie Chung, in an interview before speaking to the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, on her advice to women in the workplace.

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