May 11th, 2014 in Local Regional News

The most memorable quotes in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for May 4-10:

"I think it is so exciting, and I hope this can be a door of opportunity for more women, especially more conservative women , to get involved in these political races."

-- Political novice Sabrena Turner on her Republican primary win in the District 7 Hamilton County Commission race. If elected in August, Turner would become the commission's first female member since 2006.

"I don't care who is sitting in that seat. I'm here to serve the citizens of the county. Mickey Mouse could be sitting in there for all I care ...."

-- Hamilton County Sheriff's Office patrol sergeant Chris Harvey, an 18-year veteran of the department, on how he will conduct himself after losing the Republican primary race to Sheriff Jim Hammond, who won another four-year term as the county's top law enforcement officer.

"It's time to give someone more young and vigorous an opportunity."

-- U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier on his announcement that he will take "senior status" in October. He was appointed to federal judgeship by former President Bill Clinton in 1995.

"I guess my kind of politics is over."

-- Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern, a Republican, on his loss to Randy Fairbanks in the primary race to represent District 1.

"He was a true American hero."

-- Robert McMullen, a Vietnam veteran and member of the Patriot Guard Riders, on the late U.S. Marine Sgt Tyler Skelly, a Dalton native who died and was buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery. The Patriot Guard Riders accompanied the the funeral procession for Skelly.