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macon.com MIDDAY UPDATE: Georgia soldier killed in Iraq; Nuwaubians' story to be featured on 'Montel'; dental group gives thumbs-up to some gum

The Defense Department has confirmed the combat death of a soldier from Watkinsville one day after his wife gave birth to their son in Tennessee.

Spc. Joshua Reeves, 22, died Saturday when an improvised bomb exploded as the Humvee he was in traveled a street in Baghdad.

His wife, Leslie Reeves, had returned to her native Hendersonville to be with her parents while she had the baby. She gave birth on Friday and named her son Joshua Jackson Reeves.

The soldier's parents also were told on Saturday of the death of the oldest of their five children. James and Jean Reeves live in Watkinsville, Ga., about 60 miles east of Atlanta.

The family said Joshua Reeves was scheduled to come home on two weeks' leave in November.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, part of the 1st Infantry Division's 4th Brigade. The brigade has been in Iraq since February, part of the surge of 30,000 soldiers aimed at ending violence in Baghdad.He entered the Army in February 2005 and arrived at Fort Riley in July of 2005. This was his first deployment to Iraq.

- Associated Press

Nuwaubians' story to be featured on 'Montel'

The story of Putnam County's Nuwaubians will be featured on national television today.

The "Montel Williams Show" will feature cult leader Malachi York and his Nuwaubian followers. In June, Indigo Publishing released author Bill Osinski’s Ungodly: A True Story of Unprecedented Evil, which chronicles the story behind York’s conviction in the largest child molestation case in American history.

Two weeks ago Osinski, an award-winning former reporter with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, three former cult members and a Putnam County detective flew to New York to tape the show, which airs today at 3 p.m. on WGXA-TV FOX 24.

- Associated Press

Dental group gives thumbs-up to some gum

The nation’s largest dentist group now says gum can be good for you, as long as it’s sugar-free.

The American Dental Association said Tuesday it has awarded its seal of acceptance to Wrigley sugar-free gums Orbit, Extra and Eclipse — based on studies funded at least partially by the maker of Wrigley gums, Chicago-based Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

It’s the first time the ADA has allowed its seal to appear on gum after clearing it for thousands of other products since 1930.

The ADA said its independent review of the studies confirms those three gums have been shown to help prevent cavities, reduce plaque acid and strengthen teeth.

It said studies submitted by Wrigley showed that chewing those gum products for 20 minutes three times a day after meals increases saliva production.

Saliva, the ADA said, helps neutralize and wash away plaque acid and bathes the teeth in minerals such as calcium, phosphate and fluoride, which are known to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent cavities.

- Associated Press

LATER TODAY ON MACON.COM

Here's what you'll find later on our Web site:

- The Milledgeville Housing Authority director has resigned. Come back to our Web site for details.

The Forsyth city clerk is expected to make a ruling on the status of a mayoral candidate's questioned residence. We'll let you know what happens.Macon's Napier House is literally moving today. Come back to macon.com for video.

-The Macon City Council's public safety committee will get an update on animal control and discuss current ordinance regarding non-spayed/neutered pets. Come back to our Web site for an update.

WHAT'S COOKING FOR WEDNESDAY

Here's a taste of what we're working on:

- The kazoo, invented in Macon, will be front and center this week as a representative from the Guiness Book of Records is in town for our attempt to break record of number of people playing the kazoo at once. We'll tell you more about it.

VISIT US AGAIN SOON

We invite you to check out our Web site again tomorrow for the Midday Update. Monday through Friday, Day News/Online Editor Beth MacFadyen will bring you timely information about what Telegraph staffers are working on, plus news we think you need to know immediately. Send feedback to bmacfadyen@macon.com.

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