September 23rd, 2012 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for Sept. 16-21.

"It might be a good way to give away concert tickets, but it's not the way to decide who gets health coverage."

- Michele Johnson, of the Tennessee Justice Center, on the phone-in method used by the state to admit a limited number of residents into a TennCare program for people who have high medical bills

"Everything is ... I mean ... It's good to be all about God, but some things are forced down your throat. It scares some people."

- Student Shatoya Medford, on Tennessee Temple University

"It's making liars and cheats out of us."

- Sandra Griffin, a veteran East Lake Academy teacher, on the emphasis on student performance on standardized tests

"The outrageous and outlandish increases that Tennessee American is asking for will affect every single person they serve and hurt many single moms and seniors on fixed incomes. They keep coming every couple of years with huge increases and, at the rate they're going, nobody is going to be able to afford their water."

- State Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, on Tennessee American Water's proposed 24.9 percent rate increase