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Next TU Book Club meeting to focus on O’Connor

Georgia’s own Flannery O’Connor will be the topic of the next meeting of the Thomas University Book Club on Monday, Feb. 19.

The discussion will focus on O’Connor’s short story “The Life You Save May Be Your Own.” The story follows the interaction of a widow, her daughter and the wandering stranger who agrees to do carpentry work on their house in exchange for meals and housing.

Leading the discussion will be Dr. Jim Hughes, a resident of Thomasville and a retired educator with a career that spanned 40 years. His experience includes teaching high school English in Columbus, Manchester, Thomasville and Moultrie; and serving as head football coach and athletic director at both Thomasville High School and Colquitt County High School.  In 2000 Hughes left secondary education to serve for 13 years as the executive director of the Georgia Industries for the Blind at the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency in Bainbridge.

Hughes was inducted into the Thomasville-Thomas County Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Moultrie-Colquitt County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Hughes holds a Doctor of Education Degree, an Education Specialist Degree and a Master of Education Degree, all in Administration and Supervision from Auburn University; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and English from Vanderbilt University.

The TU Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Campus Center Classroom on TU’s Forbes Campus. The Book Club meeting is part of Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU). For more information, call 229-227-6964 or email Visit to learn about other ACTU events.

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