The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported 28-year-old Jeremy Summers is charged with committing acts of terrorism, filing a false police report, abuse of the 911 system and public intoxication.
Police spokeswoman Rebecca Royval said Summers called a 911 dispatcher Sunday evening, saying there was an active shooter at a market and "several people were down."
City police, fire and emergency services responded to the dispatch and found no one had been shot. Royval said Summers admitted to police that he made the phone call. Bond had not been set Sunday night.
The newspaper reported calls to Catoosa County, Ga., Sheriff Phil Summers were not returned Sunday evening.