By Kay S. PedrottiTim Turner, local historian and longtime community leader, has been named assistant city manager for Barnesville, succeeding the late Jason Shirey, who was a close friend of Turner.’I am both honored and humbled to be a part of the best city in the world,’ Turner said. Those who know him would say he has had a big part in making Barnesville a great place to live.Turner’s family has lived in Barnesville for more than 100 years – Turner’s children are the seventh generation in the family to call Barnesville home. He and his wife Kelley, retired as a teacher at St. George’s Episcopal School, have two daughters. Savannah is a junior at Gordon State College concentrating on nursing, and Marleigh is a sophomore at Lamar County High School.First United Methodist Church is another ‘home’ for Turner, who now leads the Praise Team and is grateful for his family’s 100-plus years of membership and attendance. He has been chairman of Buggy Days since 2007 and enhanced the festival by having a Craftsmans Village, bringing back Almost Anything Goes and Kids Night. He says he typically spends a minimum of 100 hours at the chamber the week of the festival, now said to be the largest of its type in the state.’A lot of my friends moved away after graduation,’ said Turner, ‘but I always knew I wanted to stay in my home town. Serving on the city staff is a great opportunity.’ Turner is also vice chair of the Chamber of Commerce board and has served on the BLC Library Board for more than 10 years, where he is secretary. A Senior Warden at Pinta Lodge 88, Turner also is known for his knowledge of Lamar County history, especially cemeteries. Rumor has it that he plans never to occupy one of those, but just to keep on serving Barnesville.