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October 18 — Welcome back! Chad Radford here with Amy Wenk and Collin Kelley.

☀️ Fall weather finally arrived over the weekend. It's below 50° this morning, and today will be nearly perfect: sunny with a high of 72°. 

# Speaking of perfect, Georgia beat Kentucky to remain undefeated and is still the top-ranked team in the country.

⚾ The Braves have a 2-0 lead in the NLCS, after beating the Dodgers with two straight walk-off wins. The series resumes on Tuesday in Los Angeles at 5:08 p.m. (TV: TBS)

🍽️ The Gather ‘round festival took place over the weekend and the local culinary world was abuzz, buzzed, and well fed. Congrats to these Rough Draft subscribers who won free tickets by referring their friends: ‣ Blair B. ‣ Karen L. ‣ Maija E. ‣ Monica K.

⚖️ The trial of the three men accused in the February, 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery begins today in Glynn County. Follow the coverage by our friends at The Current, a non-profit news organization that covers the Georgia coast.

Covid Briefs ⬇️

💉 Expect news later this week on the status of booster shots for folks who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.  

😷 CNN reports that the rate of Covid-19 infections nationwide is slowing, but some hospitals are still overloaded with patients. 

🦠 But, according to the New York Times case tracker (below), 
Georgia cases are down 50% from 14 days ago.

🕖 Today's Draft is five stories:

• $33.5 million from Centennial Yards
• Film strike averted
• Visting Rome, GA

• Atlantic Station Restaurant Week

• Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

🗳️ Election day is two weeks from tomorrow. 

Have a great Monday!
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1. $33.5 million for ‘community benefits’

💰 On Oct. 14, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms accepted a check for $33.5 million from the Centennial Yards Co. developers earmarked for “community benefits."
The check is part of a community investment deal agreed to by the city in return for nearly $2 billion in tax breaks to CIM Group to build mixed-use project on the land Downtown in the shadow of State Farm Arena and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, formerly known as The Gulch.
Bottoms’ administration negotiated a total of $42 million in community investments:

‣ $28 million is planned for affordable housing.
‣ $12 million is earmarked for citywide economic development.
‣ $2 million will be used for workforce training programs.
Funding will also be used to cover:
‣ The mayor’s child savings account program
‣ An anti-displacement fund
‣ Establishing a small business hub and guaranteed income pilot program
Centennial Yards has also committed to a 38% inclusion goal for minority and female-owned businesses for design, development, construction, and property management for the project.
The 50-acre development will include residential, office, retail, dining, and entertainment space.
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2. The show goes on

🎥 A nationwide strike of film and television workers has been tentatively avoided.
As noted in recent weeks, The IATSE and AMPTP have been negotiating higher pay, better and more flexible work schedules, and more benefits for employees. When talks stalled earlier this month, union members authorized a strike that would have effectively shut down much of the country’s film and TV production.
The tentative three-year contract includes:

① A living wage for the lowest-paid earners
② Improved wages and working conditions
③ Retroactive wage increases of 3% annually
④ New diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives 
⑤ Daily rest periods of ten hours
⑥ Weekend rest periods of 54 hours
⑦ Significant increases in compensation
⑧ MLK Day as a holiday

***The agreement must still be ratified by union members***
3. When in Rome

🍑 The picturesque city of Rome, GA lies about 90 minutes northwest of Atlanta.

Built on seven hills at the confluence of the Etowah, Oostanaula, and Coosa rivers, Rome is best known as a college town thanks to Berry College and Shorter University's campuses located there. But there are also plenty of museums, historic sites, dining, shopping, and beautiful places to stroll along the river, making it a charming and relaxing destination for an easy getaway.
The gorgeous panoramic view of downtown Rome from the top of historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery (above) is a sight to behold. Also, check out the clock tower which dates back to 1872, and be sure to scope out some of the locations that have appeared in “Stranger Things,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Remember the Titans,” and other movie and television productions.
Our Head For the Hills special offers a field guide of where to stay, what to eat, and all of the historic sights to see on a weekend trip.
4. Atlantic Station Restaurant Week

🍔 Atlantic Station Restaurant Week begins today and runs through Mon., Oct. 23, marking the development’s 16-year anniversary.
Participating restaurants include Allora, Atlantic Grill, Bantam + Biddy, BGR, HOBNOB, NaanStop, Poke Bar, The Pig & The Pearl, and Toscano Ristorante Italiano.
Various special offers can be found online, including a three-course meal for $25 per person with a choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert at HOBNOB. There’s also a three-course meal and glass of wine for $30 from Toscano. And a surf and turf Southern-style platter with smoked brisket, lobster mac and cheese, collard greens, and a strawberry cupcake with cream cheese icing for $35 from The Pig & The Pearl.
Throughout the week, other Atlantic Station shops and services such as Atlanta Dermatology & Aesthetics, atl kula, Athleta, Bodied by Patrice, charming charlie, Dillard’s, fab’rik, Great American Cookies, H&M, and Tony’s Barber Studio are offering specials as well.
*Partner Message* 🧀🍸 The Taste of Buckhead is Thurs., Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stave Room. It's Atlanta's only unlimited tasting event. VIP tickets are still available! Click here.  
5. Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

👻 The Ghost Brothers (above) keep the Halloween comedy/horror vibe rolling with their latest episode, "Chupacabra or Chihuahua?" Get ready for some tales of supernatural encounters!

🎧 The CDC Foundation's CEO and president Judy Monroe talks with Atlanta Business Chronicle's Crystal Edmonson about balancing a public health crisis while maintaining self care.

🎙️ In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Georgia Tech's Dr. Carlos Davila and Dr. Julian Rimoli talk to podcast host Matthew Habib about their respective journeys from Puerto Rico and Argentina to Georgia Tech, and how they give back to their communities.

🎧 Archive Atlanta delves into the history of the earliest orphanages in the city — who funded them, where they were, and what they are today.

📚 This week, NPR's "Book of the Day" delves into author Traci Todd and illustrator Christian Robinson's "Nina: A Story of Nina Simone" and poet Claudia Rankine's "Just Us: An American Conversation" as entry points for starting a conversation about race relations.
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