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December 10 — Chad, Collin, and Amy are here with your weekend Rough Draft.

🌧️ Rainy today, but getting progressively warmer, reaching 67° at night. More rain Saturday. We should see sunshine on Sunday.

💉 On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker, in Augusta, blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors.

➡ In the meantime, health officials have confirmed a third case of the Omicron variant in Georgia.

📍In what is shaping up to be the local political issue of the new year, people on both sides of the Buckhead cityhood debate are getting more active. This week, opposition groups held two events, including a fundraiser on Wednesday with business leaders including Falcons owner Arthur Blank and UPS CEO Carol Tomé.

former Senator David Perdue, who recently announced his bid for Georgia governor, has voiced support for cityhood, saying he wants a vote on the issue. Gov. Brian Kemp has remained silent on Buckhead, but has expressed optimism on his relationship with Mayor-elect Andre Dickens.  

🍎 In a recent meeting, the Atlanta Board of Education took a stance against the cityhood movement. 

The Board also extended the contract of Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring through the 2023-2024 school year. Yesterday, board chair Jason Esteves announced he's running for Jen Jordan's state Senate seat. Jordan is running for Attorney General. 

🌳 The two-acre green space around the Atlanta City Water Works’ Hemphill Reservoir will reopen next year, offering visitors sweeping views of Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown. The park at the corner of Howell Mill Rd. and 17th St., aka “The Hill,” has been fenced off since 1996 due to terrorism concerns during the Centennial Olympic Games. 

🥁 Rick Allen, drummer for British metal legend Def Leppard, will be at Buckhead's Wentworth Gallery tomorrow and Sunday for the installation of an exhibit featuring his paintings, titled "Wings of Hope." 

Allen shared a playlist with Chad of decidedly glam rock songs that inspire his work.

🎨 Speaking of hope, the Pantone Color Institute has named 17-3938 Very Peri, as the Color of the Year for 2022.
🕖 Today's Rough Draft is ⑥ stories ➼

• Affordable housing on the BeltLine
• Nonprofit revisit: Second Helpings
• The Daffodil Project
• My Top 5 Something: Kristen Ledlow of TNT
• Friday Sports

• What's filming in Union City?

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1. Affordable housing on the BeltLine

🏘️ Atlanta Housing, the city’s housing authority, will develop Madison Reynoldstown (pictured above), a 116-unit apartment complex on the Atlanta BeltLine with all residences reserved for affordable housing.

Located at 872 Memorial Dr., just steps from the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, the one-, two-, and three-bedroom units will be deemed affordable for working families earning up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).

Through the authority’s HomeFlex program, AH will provide subsidies to 46 of those units, which will be dedicated to working families earning up to 30 percent of the AMI.

The building will also have 2,700 square-feet of ground floor retail space fronting the BeltLine.

Residents will also be just a short stroll away from Publix and the shops at Madison Yards, as well as the Atlanta Dairies complex.
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2. Nonprofit revist: Second Helpings Atlanta

🍽️ In January, we checked in with food rescue organization Second Helpings Atlanta, which was hit hard early on in the COVID-19 pandemic when volunteer drivers were sidelined, and food donors such as corporate kitchens and event centers fizzled as office workers transitioned to working from home and events were cancelled. 

Meanwhile, requests for food assistance increased dramatically from SHA’s 70 partner agencies, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, after-school programs, and other nonprofits. Overall, Second Helpings says it has saved over 3.25 million pounds of fresh food this year, a 71 percent increase over 2020. "We are going strong with both meal-kit packing and food rescue," Executive Director Andrea Jaron told us.

In August, SHA teamed up with HelloFresh and Pratt Industries to facilitate a new program called Meals With Meaning. The program's goal is to provide 8,000 weekly meals to those facing food insecurity in Atlanta.

According to the Fresh Food Access Report, nearly 25% of Atlanta residents are still not within a half-mile of fresh food. Meals With Meaning aims to change that number by distributing over 400,000 meals through 2022.

Meal kits will be packed and distributed each week by SHA volunteers  throughout the city, with the support of the Atlanta City Council and City Councilman Michael Julian Bond.

✨ Revisit the Atlanta Intown story here. And learn more about how to support SHA’s ongoing efforts and Meals With Meaning here. ✨
3. The Daffodil Project

🌼 The first time Sandy Baumwald (left) heard about The Daffodil Project, it was from her brother, Ronnie Mayer (right). One day out of the blue, Mayer called to ask if she wanted to come to Brookhaven plant some daffodils. 

Baumwald didn’t know about The Daffodil Project, but she made the trek to Ashford Park. After learning more about the project, she realized how much of a personal connection her family had to it. 

The Dunwoody-based initiative aspires to plant 1.5 million daffodils in memory of the children who died during the Holocaust, essentially creating a “living Holocaust memorial.”

The project meant so much to Mayer because his and Baumwald’s uncle, Kurt Mayer, was one of those 1.5 million children who died during the genocide during World War II.

Andrea Videlefsky, the president of Am Yisrael Chai, the parent nonprofit organization of The Daffodil Project, said once this planting season finishes up in January 2022, the organization will have planted just over 700,000 daffodils since its 2010 inception.
4. Kristen Ledlow of the NBA on TNT

🏀 Kristen Ledlow is perhaps best known for covering NBA and NBA Playoff games on TNT. She also anchors select NBA TV studio coverage during the season. Originally from Florida, she now calls Atlanta home. The 2021-22 NBA season marks her eighth year with Turner Sports. 

In advance of this month’s Winter Showcase and Cup Championship Games, we asked Kristen for her Top 5 experiences for sports fans in Atlanta.

① Atlanta United … anytime: Go! Simply put, there's nothing like it. I credit Ted Lasso for piquing my interest, and our hometown team for solidifying my fandom.

② Braves at The Battery: Nothing beats a summer night at the stadium … aside from one in October, of course. I like to get to The Battery well before the game, then hang out well afterward! The facility is stunning, and (as you may have heard) the team on the field is pretty good, too.

③ Dream in College Park: Our city's WNBA franchise now plays in its own Gateway Center Arena, with curated fan experiences available online. Why not grab a dozen friends (or teammates!) and create the tunnel for the team to run through?! Bonus if you buy tickets when Candace Parker's in town! Given, I'm biased.

④ Hawks at the Highlight Factory: If you haven't seen Ice Trae play, what are you waiting for?! This young team is soaring (get it?) and they're creating a culture reminiscent of the ‘80s. (I wasn't there, but I've been told...)

⑤ Top Golf on Tuesdays: Despite many nights at the range, my skill level is best described as "beginner." Either way, nothing beats food, drinks, and friends blasting golf balls into the great beyond. To "top" it off, it's half off!
5. The Sports Section

Friday is our sports day, and we stand in solidarity with the Georgia fans who had their hearts broken once again last weekend by Nick Saban. Maybe some news of geo-political turmoil in the upcoming Winter Olympics will distract you until New Year’s Eve, when the Bulldogs play Michigan in the Orange Bowl? 

🎿 The upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing promise to deliver on the main Olympic sport: controversy.

Citing human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia have
announced diplomatic boycotts of the games, which are scheduled to start on Feb. 4. 

While things could still go downhill, these boycotts do not currently impact the participation of athletes. 

Speaking of the Aussies, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, “no one would care about whether (they) come or not."

🏀 The Atlanta Dream (above) announced their 2022 schedule yesterday. The season begins on May 7 and the first home game is May 11.   

🏀 The Hawks host the Brooklyn Nets tonight at 7:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN). 

🏈 High school football championships are being decided this week. HIllgrove beat Marietta on Thursday to win the 7A Flag Football title, and Dodge County needed three OTs to beat Lithia Springs and capture the 5A-6A championship. 

Games continue today and tomorrow at Center Parc Stadium in Summerhill. Follow our pals at SCORE Atlanta for the latest.

🏈 The Falcons are on the road in Charlotte to face the Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m. (TV: Fox) Both teams are 5-7 for the year. 

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6. What's filming in Union City?

🎬 Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'?

Various sources report that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been spotted around Union City, making his way to and from Atlanta Metro Studios where he's currently working on the second season of NBC’s “Young Rock.” This falls on the heels of Johnson shooting "Black Adam" here earlier this year.

For those who are unfamiliar, "Young Rock" is a fictional biography that finds the former pro-wrestling legend running in the 2032 Presidential election. While out on the campaign trail, our protagonist relives a series of childhood memories, and is portrayed by a few different young actors, including Adrian Groulx (The Rock at ten), Bradley Constant (The Rock at 15), and Uli Latukefu (above, as The Rock from 18-20).

The show was created by Jeff Chiang and Nahnatchka Khan, who worked together on sitcoms "American Dad!," "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," and "Fresh Off the Boat."

No official release date for season two of "Young Rock"  has been announced.
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