February 16th, 2014 in Local Regional News

The most memorable quotes in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for Feb. 9-15:

"We know who the bad guys are. We know that our problem is not 300 gang members that are causing all of the crime in the city. We know that it's down to less than 50."

-- Chattanooga Police Department Lt. Todd Royval on a new anti-crime initiative that the city will be rolling out in coming weeks. The Violence Reduction Initiative targets violent offenders.

"I've been opposing it for the last three years ... for me it's very surreal to look at it now and not have an objection, because I've had objections for so long."

-- Ellie Wallis, executive director of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, on the $100 million retail, office and residential development, Hillocks Farm, along Highway 153 in Hixson, that the City Council approved last week.

"It is a testament to everybody in this building because you all helped me become the teacher that I am ... ."

-- Athens City Middle School teacher Kevin Winters on receiving the $25,000 Milken Educator Award.

"To lose by such a close margin is very, very difficult. We're also outraged by the outside interference in this election."

-- United Auto Workers President Bob King on the 712-626 vote by workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant to reject the union.

"I know the whole world is watching."

-- Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on the the significance of the UAW vote at the Chattanooga VW plant.