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Tom B. David Airport celebrates 50 years with expansion groundbreaking ceremony

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, local dignitaries, business leaders and Chamber members recognized the 50th anniversary of Tom B. David Airport with a Business After Hours Event, hosted by the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, which included a groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming hanger expansion project.

The airport improvements are expected to provide a wide-range of opportunities for business and industry growth in the Gordon County community.

The improvements include the building of larger hangers that will be able to house commercial-sized aircraft.

Tom B. David Airport, which is publicly funded by the City of Calhoun and Gordon County, currently has 78 hangers.

The expansion project is slated to begin spring 2018 and should take around six months to complete.

One airlifted in I-75 wreck Monday afternoon

I-75 northbound was shut down Monday afternoon due to a multivehicle accident involving a transfer truck.

The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m., according to the Georgia State Patrol report. A 2001 Kenworth Construction truck, driven by Otis Lamont Roberson, 53, of Charlotte, N.C., was traveling north on I-75 in the middle lane. The truck struck the rear of a Chrysler 200, also traveling north in the middle lane, driven by Russell Southerland, 65, of Kingston, causing the Chrysler to lose control. The car traveled into the right lane and struck a Volvo tractor trailer in the left side.

The northbound lanes were reopened a couple of hours later.

Southerland was transported to Gordon Hospital via Gordon EMS. A passenger in his vehicle, Angela Renee McGuire, 47, of Calhoun, was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Her condition was unknown at press time.

Roberson was charged with following too closely.

Comedian Henry Cho to headline GEM stage

(Calhoun, Ga) -- Looking for a way to relax? How about laugh out loud...for real...not on a text message or with a smiley face emoji, but with a big ear to hear smile. If you want to enjoy a great night out, then don't miss nationally known comedian Henry Cho live on the GEM Theatre stage in Calhoun on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Henry's TV credits include appearances on NBC's The Tonight Show, CBS's The Late, Late, Show, and NBC's Young Comedians Special. He served two years as host of NBC's Friday Night Videos and had many guest roles on various network sitcoms.

Henry's one hour Comedy Central Special, "What's That Clickin' Noise?" is currently airing and he can also be heard on Sirrus XM and Blue Collar Radio. He's also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry.

Some of Henry's film credits include Universal's "McHale's Navy" with Tom Arnold and David Allen Greer, "Say It Isn't So" with Heather Graham and Sally Field, and "Material Girls" with Hilary Duff and Angelica Houston produced by Madonna.

Henry was the keynote entertainer for The 59th Annual Radio & Television Correspondents' Dinner attended by the Bush Administration and has worked extensively with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood and many others. Henry's clean comedy is so versatile that he can headline Vegas and then tour with Michael W. Smith in the same month.

In the fall of 2012, Henry sold a special/pilot to Great American Country (GAC) in which he served as host, co-writer and co-producer. "The Henry Cho Show" aired with success and he awaits the chance to do more shows for the GAC network.

"We are thrilled to have Henry Cho headline at the GEM," says Kim Brazell, GEM Theatre manager. "His comedy is good, clean fun and something all of us Southerners can relate to. It should be a really great night."

Tickets for Henry's show are currently on sale and are priced at $25 and $30. They can be purchased online at, by calling 706-625-3132 or at the Box Office, which is open each Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m.