December 29th, 2013 in Local Regional News

The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for Dec. 22-27.

"Banishing me from that area is like them taking someone that was in East Berlin in the '60s and chucking them over the wall. Chucking them over to the West, you know what I mean?"

-- Les Coffey, banished from the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit for seven years in a plea bargain over criminal charges

"He's been pretty much a constant problem. We'll let some other jurisdiction deal with him."

-- Herbert "Buzz" Franklin, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit district attorney, who signed off on the banishment

"It was like something you would have seen in biblical times, when there was a healing and they're just repeating, 'I can talk, I can talk! I'm talking!'"

-- Daryle Beam, of Signal Mountain, on his daughter Scout's recovery from a traumatic brain injury

"This area was pretty well overrun with criminality when we started. Now we know there are still criminals in there, but it is more underground and not out in the open like it was then."

-- Gary Ball, vice president of the Ridgedale neighborhood association, on buyouts of properties in the area by McCallie School

"The hospital has proven it can make money. If it didn't have all this debt, it could be doing well."

-- Dade County Commission Chairman Ted Rumley on Hutcheson Medical Center's decision to close its unprofitable labor and delivery unit