April 6th, 2014 in Local Regional News

The most memorable quotes in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for March 30-April 5:

"In Russia, the police would probably be the first ones to rob us."

-- Yaroslav Yatsky, who brought his wife and child to Chattanooga for his wife's naturalization ceremony, on the difference between police officers in America and Russia, where his wife is from. Chattanooga police Sgt. Brian Moseley helped the family get to their hotel after their car broke down and gave 4-year-old Anna a teddy bear from the trunk of his car.

"It gave me a joy to know that Kevin had given this man life and that Kevin was still accomplishing things through this wonderful man."

-- Tiki Finlayson, whose son Kevin died three years ago in a car crash involving a drunken driver, on the decision to donate his organs. Kevin's heart went to a Memphis man who stays in touch with Finlayson to this day.

"All we wanted to do is fix the problem, and the best way we know at this point is to pick up a sledgehammer and hold it up high in the air and see where it falls."

-- State Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, on his legislative effort to force Tennessee American Water and the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority to resolve billing issues that have riled customers.

"Our collective voices have been heard, and I am gratified we have finally been acknowledged for the mission, dedication and hard work we do on behalf of the community."

-- Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel on news that the hospital will soon get access to more than $30 million from two federal funds