Monthly Archives: October 2016

Pushes Shoppers Out Of The Way

Chattanooga Police officers working at the Hamilton Place Mall were made aware of a suspect attempting to use a stolen credit card to make a purchase.

Officers gave loud verbal commands for the suspect to stop. The suspect did not comply and instead attempted to flee by running. An officer working another area of the mall assisted by approaching the suspect and was able to slow his attempt to flee.

While apprehending the suspect officers discovered an object under his clothing. Once he was in custody, officers removed the object, which turned out to be a handgun. The suspect was transported to the Hamilton County Jail without incident.


CBL/Hamilton Place Mall has sign placed around the mall banning the carry of firearms on property.


Rogers is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, evading arrest, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to go armed, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and carrying weapons in a public area.

Often, the crowd sings along with the performer. We even have a piano bar performer from Chattanooga that is the best I have ever seen – David Anthony. He performs aboard Holland America ships.

I also like the steel drum performers. I call it atmosphere music. It kind of makes one feel like you are in the islands. (Okay, you are in the islands, but this really adds to it…lol)

The bar bands are kind of cheesy – not even close to the talent of our cover bands here at home. I suppose if you drink enough alcohol, they may sound better, but trust me when I say they aren’t in the same league. The trend onboard is to using backing tracks to try and make the band sound better, but they aren’t fooling this old dog.

All in all, cruises are great vacations and are a real value. The entertainment is so-so, but the scenery and atmosphere is fantastic. For about $100 a day, you get a “hotel room” on board, all the food you could possibly swallow, and some decent fun and a great view! I mentioned a “themed cruise” earlier. Kid Rock, Delbert McClinton, and many more big name performers have their own themed cruises. If you are there for the music, consider one of those.
Bob Payne grew up in Chattanooga and graduated from Baylor School. He is the Entertainment Editor for the and assistant talent buyer for Riverbend Festival.

Donation To United Way Of Greater

Food City officials presented a check totaling $10,000 to the United Way of Greater Chattanooga on Friday.  The check presentation took place at the Red Bank Food City, following the store’s grand reopening remodel celebration.

“Food City is proud to be a long standing United Way corporate partner,” said Mickey Blazer, executive vice president of Store Operations for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.  “United Way is making great strides in improving education, health, financial stability, and support – and contributions remain local and benefit our friends and neighbors throughout our community.
Food City also partnered with United Way of Greater Chattanooga to host their first annual Celebrity Bagging event in the Chattanooga market area.  The event raised over $16,000 to benefit the Woodmore families impacted by the tragic bus accident.

The forum will be moderated by retired educator Edna Varner, who currently works for the Public Education Foundation and is very involved in community service.

For those seeking to hold City Council seats, a second forum will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, 1734 East Third St.

The forum will be moderated by Tom Griscom, former managing editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press and who currently provides strategic communication consultations with a focus on education, utilities and health care.

Candidates from both races have been extended invitations to participate. As an organization interested in Chattanooga’s future and actively engaged in the city’s political and economic process, NCBW strongly encourages the community to attend both forums.

NCBW is a non-partisan, advocacy organization and does not endorse candidates or contribute to political campaigns. The organization’s role is to provide a means to educate and inform the public, allowing voters to make better, more informed decisions.

The mission of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is to advocate on behalf of Black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.  Michele McNeill-Emery is national president and Beverly P. Johnson is president of the local NCBW chapter.

Presents Provocative Percussion

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will present Provocative Percussion with Tim Feeney and Erik Gehrke and special guests David D. Dunn (bass clarinet) and Evan Lipson (double bass).  The show will be Sunday, Jan. 22, at Wayne-O-Rama, 1800 Rossville Ave., #108.  The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors will open at 6 p.m.

Admission is $12 at the door and $8 for students.

Review for Provocative Percussion:

The Wayne-O-Rama Concert Series continues its momentum of bringing absolutely unique and unusual music performances with its second concert, featuring a pair of adventurous percussionists, Tim Feeney and Erik Gehrke, with singular, visionary drum explorations that go beyond tradition in astounding ways.

Set 1: Erik Gehrke’s solo drum arrangement of his original composition “November 25, 1863,” commissioned for the Sherman Reservation dedication, expressing “the carnage and pathos of warfare.”
Set 2: Tim Feeney solo percussion performance
Set 3: Tim Feeney, David D. Dunn (bass clarinet) and Evan Lipson (double bass) playing an improvised set

Opportunity To Work With LA Based Director

Mr. Kussman is an actor/writer/director and the audition schedule is being adjusted a bit to take advantage of this opportunity.

There will be only one night of auditions (not the usual two); the auditions will be cold readings with no preparation necessary.

Scheduling note: Actors will need to be available for rehearsals the evening of Thursday, Feb. 9, and be flexible for evening rehearsals the week of April 17.

A synopsis of EXIT 136:

It’s 1998, and a snowstorm has stranded six mismatched characters in a run-down truck stop. A sick young man makes an unlikely friend, a trucker struggles to keep his son, and a truck stop regular bemoans a past action for which he cannot forgive himself. Tensions rise as secrets are revealed and alliances betrayed, keeping audiences guessing until the end.

For more information, contact Kim Jackson at

Following are available roles for Exit 136:

Michelle Spinelli (a waitress, late 30s)
Barney Ledbetter (a customer, 60s)
Man (a customer, 40)
Roy Wilkerson (a trucker, 30s)
Anita Rains (a customer, 50s)
Jeff Rains (her son, late 20s)
Various radio voices
Setting: A run-down truck stop in East Tennessee
Time: Late December, 1998