Originally created 06/05/06

Across Georgia



Female whale sharks join guys in aquarium

ATLANTA - The world's largest aquarium has added two of the world's largest fish.

Two female whale sharks - Alice and Trixie - went on display Sunday after arriving the night before at the Georgia Aquarium.

They joined two male whale sharks, Ralph and Norton, in their 6-million-gallon tank. The sharks are the only ones of their kind on display outside of Asia.

The females were flown more than 8,000 miles from Taipei, Taiwan. They were hoisted into the giant tank at about midnight.

The females are 11 and 14 feet long.

Robins base turnover to start growth 'storm'

MACON - Within the next five or six years, Robins Air Force Base has to replace about 6,000 civilian employees at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.

Local development experts and economists say that means a "perfect storm" of new economic growth - by filling those positions with new workers and by having a well-pensioned, highly trained group of retirees that will remain in the area.

At least 52 percent of the civilian employees - engineers, program managers, technical and subject experts and aircraft and component repair specialists - will be eligible to retire Jan. 1, 2008.

Possible arson comes after land fight ends

GAINESVILLE - A Hall County farmer who recently settled a five-year property dispute with a neighboring church might have been the victim of arson when a vacant home he owned burned down early Saturday, authorities said.

The fire came one day after Sonny Buffington settled a land dispute with Lebanon United Methodist Church in a Hall County court.

In the settlement, church trustees agreed to give up a claim to a disputed piece of property.

Caller threatens to blow up blood bank

SAVANNAH - A self-proclaimed Hurricane Katrina victim threatened to blow up a Red Cross' blood bank Saturday morning.

The bomb threat came into the Jane B. Jennings Donor Center, according to a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police report.

The caller said "my family was a victim of Katrina and the Red Cross has done nothing for us. There is a bomb in the building and everyone is going to blow up and be dead," according to the report.

Police and a Chatham County Sheriff's Department K-9 searched the building but found nothing suspicious, the report says. Police have no suspects.