The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for June 30-July 5.
"I guess you could say this event for me is medium rare."
-- Mayor Andy Berke, "cutting up" at a steak-slicing celebration at the city's new Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
"I was born 200 years too late. I should have been with Lewis and Clark, exploring American when it was still young."
-- Conrad Edwards, 66, passing through Chattanooga on his way to places unknown because "there's a lot of things to see. There's a lot to do, you know?"
"What you have to know is we feel like we made 1,100 new friends this week. It's been the most rewarding thing we've ever done."
-- Local businessman Mark Wilson, on the donors and volunteers who helped build a new home for U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Smith and his wife, Tori, and handed them the keys on the Fourth of July. Smith lost both legs below the knee to an IED in Afghanistan.