November 18th, 2012 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for Nov. 11-16.

"I'm 72 years old, and I have to start all over. But I think I've been blessed. Better than blessed. It could have been much worse."

-- Loretta Morris, on the fire that destroyed her St. Elmo home and the outpouring of help and concern she has received from the community since then

"Tennessee is ideal country for the Republican demographic. Once you get out of Memphis and Nashville, it's not very diverse and it's very white."

-- Dr. Bruce Oppenheimer, political science professor at Vanderbilt University, on the GOP's dominance of Tennessee politics in recent years

"They said you had to be half crazy to get on one of those, and I said, 'Well, I meet the qualifications.'"

-- Clinton Riddle, 91-year-old veteran of World War II, on the flimsy gliders that he and other infantrymen flew in to get behind enemy lines, almost always resulting in a crash landing

"We trusted the man with all of our heart, and we missed the mark with him. I was a friend of the man. He fooled us."

-- Kenneth Bolton, one of the people who may have lost their entire retirement savings after investing with a Soddy-Daisy tax adviser