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June 4, 2014

June 15 proclaimed as Tim Howard Day

Tim Howard has benefited Murray County so greatly, Patsy Butler believes he should have a day dedicated to him.

Howard, a newly retired history teacher and the county historian, will get just that when he is honored on Sunday, June 15, which has been proclaimed Tim Howard Day by Murray County Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman.

There will be a reception in Howard’s honor from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Murray County senior center. Refreshments will be served and some of Howard’s memorabilia will be displayed.

“He’s retiring and he’s done so much for this county,” said Butler, who is spearheading the day. “I felt like it’s something we needed to do to recognize him for all his accomplishments.”

Butler says she’s known Howard for many years. Her daughter, Robin Baggett, taught alongside Howard at Bagley Middle School, and Butler attends church with him at Smyrna Baptist in Chatsworth.

“He’s so well known in the county,” Butler said. “Everybody knows him. He’s a good man, works hard, does anything he can for the community. He’s been a great asset to Bagley Middle School. He was one of the very first teachers there.”

The resolution to name June 15 Tim Howard Day, approved by Pittman on Tuesday, acknowledges Howard for being a teacher since 1982 and his many accomplishments as an educator. It also lists his accomplishments as a historian, including his work with the Chief Vann House, researching and writing the “Murray County Heritage” book, leading efforts to have many places in Murray listed on the National Register of Historic Places, working to preserve many historical buildings in the county and for his service to the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society.

Howard has received numerous honors, including Murray County Teacher of the Year, STAR teacher, American History Teacher of the Year, Community Champion of the Year, the Berry College Alumni Association’s President’s Award and many others.

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