May 25th, 2014 in Local Regional News

The most memorable quotes in the Chattanooga Times Free Press for May 18-24.

"That road has always fallen in. I don't know what they could do to stop it. There's already enough asphalt under there to go all the way to the river."

-- Catfisherman Jimmy Legg, on the ongoing fight to keep U.S. Highway 41 in Marion County, Tenn., from collapsing into the Tennessee River

"I'm very sorry that two men lost their lives, but I'm not the one responsible for it, and a jury proved that. I still, to this point, don't know how that boat got where it got without me seeing it get there."

-- Towboat captain Charles Warren Luetke after a jury found him not guilty of killing two fishermen who were run over by the tow he was piloting on the Tennessee River in June 2010

"This is my last day of school."

-- Claudia Parries, 98, who received an honorary diploma from the Howard School 81 years after she was forced to drop out to care for her family

"Sometimes I say I'm 'cautiously optimistic,' but this year I'm not. We're optimistic."

-- Bob Doak, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, on prospects for a strong tourism season this year

"This situation is completely out of our hands. The delay in results rests solely on the shoulders of the Tennessee Department of Education."

-- Sequatchie County Schools Superintendent Johnny Cordell on the state's failure to get crucial TCAP test scores calculated in time for inclusion in students' final report cards