From Staff Reports
Tim Howard of Chatsworth was among 15 individuals and organizations recognized on Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal at the state Capitol in Atlanta for their “significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through service to the humanities or excellence in the arts.”
The second Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council.
“The arts contribute to state and local economic growth by providing a diversified and sustainable means for creating jobs and attracting revenue,” said Deal in a press release. “These individuals and organizations contribute significantly to Georgia’s excellent quality of life that we are able to provide our citizens, relocating or expanding businesses, and visitors.”
The recipients were chosen from nominations from around the state.
Howard has worked in the Murray County Schools system since 1982, and has taught at Murray County Junior High, Murray Middle School and Bagley Middle School. He has coached both the Bagley Middle School Quiz Bowl and Georgia Quiz Bowl teams, and has served as Junior Beta Club sponsor. He has coordinated an annual eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., for 25 years.
But his influence in Murray County extends far beyond the school system.
Howard has been a volunteer since 1978 at the Chief Vann House state historic site and helped organize the Friends of the Vann House in 1989, an organization which he has served as treasurer.
He has worked to survey and document the county’s cemeteries, and chaired the committee that researched, wrote and published “Murray County Heritage.” He has also been involved in numerous other publications, including “Spring Place Memories,” “Murray County’s Civil War Heritage” and “Our Lord Cometh: A History of Maranatha Baptist Church.”
Howard developed and taught the “Murray on My Mind” walking history class and was named the official historian of Murray County in 2008, the first person to hold that title. He has worked on committees to restore and preserve the Old Spring Place Methodist Church, the Wright Hotel, the Chatsworth Depot and the school system’s Rock Building. He was part of successful National Register of Historic Places nominations for Murray County’s Spring Place, Chatsworth, Pleasant Valley and high school, and has served as president of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society.
He has received numerous honors, including the Family Connection Community Champion Award earlier this year.