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Cragwall honored during terminal groundbreaking

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Lebanon Airport Commission Chairman T.O. Cragwall was honored at the new terminal groundbreaking for the Lebanon Municipal Airport on Friday.

Direct Flight Solutions, LLC, owner Heather Bay, who handles the day-to-day operations of the airport, said that her "mentor" Cragwall was "not one just to listen, but to take action."

Cragwall has served on the Airport Commission for 37 years. Bay next recited facts about his extraordinary life and service to the community. The 1958 Lebanon High School graduated attended Cumberland University and the University of Tennessee Memphis - School of Pharmacy. He spent 53 years working in pharmacy, and in his spare time was very involved in community service. He served on the Lebanon City Council from 1978-1986 and has been a member of Kiwanis since 1968.

"He's dedicated the last 10 years of his life to this building," Bay said, before welcoming Cragwall to the podium.

Cragwall said he was flabbergasted by the recognition.

"I don't want the attention to be put on me," he said. "Mike Manous said something to me today, 'This is the end of the beginning.' As we throw a little dirt, the project begins for real."

The project for a new terminal has been 18 years in the making, he said.

Bay and Cragwall thanked elected officials and supporters in attendance for bringing the vision to life. The new terminal is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

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