October 28th, 2012 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for Oct. 21-26.

"We need fast-track trade authority, or we'll have more examples of VW plants going to Mexico."

-- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., on the need for more trade agreements with other countries to put the U.S. on a level playing field with Mexico

"It's been slow for the past five years. All the millions of jobs they say are happening out there, they aren't happening here."

-- Billy Bargo, owner of a mobile home supply store, on the state of the economy in Dalton, Ga. Metropolitan Dalton has lost nearly 19,000 jobs since 2006.

"We're here to save a goat -- a pet. My kids cherish him, and they've raised him since he was a pup."

-- Jeffery Viar, speaking to the East Ridge City Council and asking it to let his family keep their pet pygmy goat in the city.

"We're growing at a slow, but steady pace. But in January, if Congress doesn't back away from the fiscal cliff, all bets are off."

-- David Penn, director of the Business and Economic Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University, on the potentially dire effects if Congress fails to roll back budget cuts and tax hikes scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.