The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press from Nov. 24-30:
"You can't just quit. You can't just stop when you don't feel like it. I'm not going to let my family down."
-- Jaime Simonds, 18, on her determination to balance a full-time job and college classes with caring for her family
"The No. 1 reason this is happening this year is the competitiveness in the retail industry with online shopping, and the other choices people have to buy. ... We're not telling people that they have to go shopping; we're just inviting them to have that choice."
-- Barb Faucette, vice president of mall owner and management company CBL & Associates, on opening stores on Thanksgiving Day
"I think it is despicable that the holidays have degraded into the 'shopping season.' ...There is no respect for family or the holidays anymore."
-- Nurse Kristen Maxwell on her opposition to the shopping blitz on Thanksgiving Day
"These are two people that were murdered. Two people. Two murders."
-- Bradley County Criminal Court Judge Amy Reedy on the two life sentences, to be served consecutively, she gave to 27-year-old Tasha Bates, who was found guilty in August of two counts of first-degree murder in the overheating deaths of her two boys, Leland, 5, and River, 3