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 Chattanoogan.com and assistant talent buyer for Riverbend Festival.