Originally created 11/30/03

Across Georgia



Training exercise will close three highways

FORT STEWART - The 3rd Infantry Division's first major training exercise since its return from the Iraq war will prompt temporary closures of three highways Monday and Thursday, Fort Stewart officials said.

Georgia Highways 144, 119 and 47 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to allow soldiers to conduct a training exercise called "Marne Blitz."

The exercise will test senior officers' ability to command a battle. It will involve 3,000 soldiers and 700 military vehicles.

Testing for cancer may help smokers quit

ATLANTA - A controversial lung-scanning test to detect early-stage lung cancer might be helping smokers kick the habit, researchers said.

About 14 percent of smokers who had received a spiral CT scan were no longer smoking a year later, according to a study that will appear in Monday's issue of Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society. That's about twice the normal rate of smokers - 5 percent to 7 percent - who try to quit.

Man faces jail term on child porn charges

ATLANTA - A Carrollton man arrested earlier this year for child molestation was sentenced to prison this week on federal child pornography charges.

Thomas McLean Hendley, 34, was sentenced to serve six years and six months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell. Mr. Hendley pleaded guilty in August to transmitting child pornography over the Internet.

Quarantined lemurs will move into exhibit

ALBANY - Four crowned lemurs in quarantine will be among 21 lemurs moving into an exhibit opening this spring at the Parks at Chehaw.

Visitors will stand on a suspension bridge and see the animals in action at the Eyes in the Skies exhibit set to debut in March at the 800-acre zoo and nature preserve near Albany.

The several species of lemurs will hang out at varying heights in the trees, offering a viewing experience that is not currently available at any facility open to the public, said Glenn Dobrogosz, the park's executive director.

The south Georgia climate will be close to what lemurs would experience in Madagascar, Mr. Dobrogosz said.