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January 12 — Chad, Collin, and Amy are back, reporting from TitleTown, U.S.A. That's two championships in the span of three months!

☀️ Sunny with a high of 54° today. Don't panic, but, yes, that's snow in the forecast for Sunday. 

🏥 The American Red Cross blood supply is approaching dangerously low levels. Donate blood this month to have a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. Other giveaways include a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card. Click for more details.

🩸 Ready to donate? 👇🏽
🗳️ Georgia Democrat Charlie Bailey recently ended his bid for attorney general and will run for lieutenant governor instead.  

MORE POLITICS: President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were in town yesterday. Biden called for an end to the Senate filibuster. Coverage is here.  

EVEN MORE: The Georgia Chamber's annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast is happening this morning. Follow along via Twitter

💸 The Home Depot Foundation announced a $1 million grant to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  “This generous gift will expand our exhibitions, our reach, and the breadth and depth of our programs," Jill Savitt, president and CEO of the Center said. "The Home Depot shares our commitment to protecting the rights and dignity of every human being.” 

📺 Tonight at 7 p.m., Fox 5’s “The Next Atlanta” with George Chidi tackles how gentrification is displacing long-term residents in Atlanta. Guests include writer King Williams, former Kirkwood NPU leader Stan Sugarman, Capitol View neighborhood leader Sagirah Jones, and the Grove Park Foundation's Gavin McGuire. 

📸 This week's photo shout-out goes to @ugaathletics who posted this shot to Instagram after the Bulldogs' 33-18 win over Alabama. The victory marks Georgia Football's first national championship title since 1980.
🏆 The victory parade in Athens begins Sat. Jan. 15 at 12:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available online for students and season-ticket holders through tomorrow and then remaining tickets will be available to the general public Thurs. and Fri. Click here for more information.

🕖 Today's Rough Draft is  stories ➼

• Dickens taps top deputies
• Pandemic drive-in success at the Plaza

• Rough Draft's weekend music picks
• Taking comfort in comfort food

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1. Gordon named as Atlanta COO

🏛️ On Monday, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens announced key players in his new administration, including Lisa Y. Gordon as Chief Operating Officer.

As president and CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Gordon launched the organization’s $25-million affordable home development, Browns Mill Village, in southeast Atlanta.

She was also the architect of the City of Atlanta’s first five-year financial plan, which led the government out of an $80-million deficit, built the city’s reserves, and increased the city’s bond rating to A.

Gordon also served as city manager for the City of East point, assistant city manager in Austin, TX, and as COO of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., where she helped create a ten-year strategic plan

Other key appointments to the administration:

Courtney English, Senior Advisor to the Mayor
Austin Wagner, Deputy Chief of Staff
Theo Pace, Deputy Chief of Staff
Kenyatta Mitchell, Director, Intergovernmental Affairs


Eshé Collins was unanimously selected by the Atlanta Board of Education to serve as its new chair during Monday’s meeting, which was attended by Mayor Dickens and members of the Atlanta City Council.
2. The last drive-in for the Plaza

🎥 At the peak of the pandemic, there was something especially scary when the Plaza Theatre closed its doors for the first time in over 80 years, not knowing when they could open them again.

Owner Christopher Escobar remained committed to keeping any staff willing to work (even if they couldn’t open) employed anyway. 

“So we got to work finding a way to make a drive-in come to life with what was available to us: we had to figure out the angles, the tech, the layout.

... We started early in the pandemic (tossing ideas around in late March of 2020), and to be extra safe, as we knew we would be many people’s first time back out in public, we knew we had to make it completely contact-free. That meant tickets, concessions—everything had to be possible without having to leave your car or come in close contact with another person, and no drive-in has ever run that way. It actually worked!” 

This week, Escobar closed the curtain on his drive-in.

Read more about how the Plaza Theatre stayed alive in Escobar’s guest column.
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3. Rough Draft's weekend music picks

The concert scene is trying to stay alive and kicking. We rounded up some shows to see, but it's always good to confirm they are still happening before heading out.

Wear your mask 😷 and stay safe out there. Omicron abounds, but together we can beat this thing.

Fri., Jan. 14
🎷 Tito Cheeto w/ Andrew Santino @ Tabernacle

Sat., Jan. 15
🔥 Waka Flocka Flame: Benefit Concert for Chello feat. DJ Whoo Kid, Roscoe Dash, 808 Mafia, Slugg, ATL Jacob, and CHASETHEMONEY @ The Eastern
Dropsonic @ The Earl
🥁 Smoke Bellow w/ Immaterial Possession and Go Public @ 529
🇮🇳 Mystic India: The World Tour (above) @ City Springs

Sun., Jan. 16
🎸 Buckcherry, the Lacs, and Core @ Masquerade (Heaven)
4. Need a little more comfort food in your life?

🧀 Like many of us, going out to eat is something that our colleague Isadora Pennington has sorely missed during the isolation and seclusion of the past two years. So when presented with the opportunity to visit some of her favorite restaurants and write about comfort food, she jumped at the chance.

In a visit to some local staples, Pennington embarks on an odyssey, visiting intown pubs where plates runneth over with havarti and gouda grilled cheese sandwiches, mounds of ‘rounds, chicken pot pie, creamy tomato soup, and decadent, rich flavors.

Click here to read more about how to stay warm with winter dishes. 
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