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Another manic Monday

December 13 — Chad, Collin, and Amy are back with your Monday Draft. Let's get to it!

☀️ Sunny with a high of 61° today. It will be dry all week.

🦐  T.I. and Killer Mike are revisiting plans to reopen Bankhead Seafood. The local rappers purchased the restaurant in 2019 after it was closed down by its original owner, but the pandemic put the brakes on their plans to reopen last year. Now they’re getting back on track with talk of Killer Mike's auntie and granny's biscuits being added to the menu.

🧛 Sad news came on Sunday when word spread that Anne Rice, the gothic horror author best known for her 1976 novel "Interview With a Vampire," had died. She was 80.

🏈 Also yesterday, the Denver Broncos paid tribute to Demaryius Thomas, who died suddenly last week in his home in Roswell, GA. Thomas was only 33. The wide receiver played three seasons with Georgia Tech, and ten seasons in the NFL.

🏀 Students of Sandy Springs-based Cumberland Academy of Georgia were recently treated to some impressive basketball skills during the school’s annual Faculty vs. Students game. Torch George and Moose Weekes of the Harlem Globetrotters joined the students’ team.


⚡The AJC reports that Gov. Brian Kemp and electric vehicle startup Rivian are expected to announce this week that they've reached an agreement to open a new factory along I-20, between the tiny towns of Social Circle and Rutledge, GA — about an hour’s drive from Atlanta. The factory could potentially produce 200,000 vehicles per year and employ up to 8,000 people.

🕖 Today's Rough Draft is ⑤ stories ➼

• Ways to support tornado victims
• Atlanta's director of violence reduction
• Pitts to Perdue: 'Stay the hell out of Fulton County'
• Atlanta Pizza Truck

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• Podcasts we like

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1. Tornado relief for Kentucky, et al.

❤️‍🩹 After a series of deadly tornadoes ravaged areas of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky late Friday night, rescue workers continue to search for survivors.

In Kentucky alone, the death toll is expected to exceed 50. Mayfield, KY was especially hard hit, although as of last night, many of the missing had been located and Governor Andy Beshear (above), who had originally expected the death toll to be over 100, told the AP
“we are praying that maybe original estimates of those we have lost were wrong. If so, it’s going to be pretty wonderful." 

Here are  ways that you can help those impacted by the devastating storms:

Send a $10 donation to The American Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Other donations can be made by calling 800-733-2767, or by visiting redcross.org

Anyone able to donate blood is encouraged to do so immediately, as supplies are running dangerously low. Find a donation center here.

 Beshear has established the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to assist those affected by the devastation.

Students from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine have set up a GoFundMe page to assist local organizations that are providing aid to those displaced and in need of supplies.

Read more at this Washington Post story
2. Meet Atlanta's director of violence reduction

🙏 The city of Atlanta has hired Jacquel Clemons Moore as its first violence reduction director, a key initiative of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ $70 million plan to combat crime.

As of Dec. 4, homicides in Atlanta are up 5% from last year, with 149 so far in 2021, according to the latest stats from the Atlanta Police Department. The Office of Violence Reduction is tasked with developing strategic plans and coordinating programs to reduce and prevent violence.


THE PLAN
Expand violence prevention programs using $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. 

Follow the Cure Violence program model, utilizing methods proven to decrease shootings in site areas by up to 73%.

 Programs are in the works for the Westside (Bankhead, Vine City, and Washington Park) and Southwest Atlanta (Oakland City, Campbellton Road, and Venetian Hills).
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3. ‘Stay the hell out of Fulton County’

🗳️ Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts has a message for GOP gubernatorial candidate David Perdue, who filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to inspect absentee ballots from the November 2020 election: “Stay the hell out of Fulton County.”

“My advice to him would be to concentrate on his upcoming election, and leave Fulton County alone,” Pitts said in a statement.

The lawsuit, filed just four days after Perdue launched his campaign to unseat fellow Republican Brian Kemp, echoes the failed legal challenges by supporters of former President Donald Trump, who claim massive election fraud put President Joe Biden in office.

The former U.S. senator, who was ousted in the January runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff, is a vocal Trump supporter and continues to repeat baseless claims of election fraud. His lawsuit seeks to inspect 147,000 of Fulton’s absentee ballots, despite digital images of the ballots being available to the public since June.

➡ Three ballot counts and multiple investigations by state election officials have turned up no evidence of election fraud.

Sam Gringlas' Saturday morning NPR piece is an excellent primer for the state of the Republican Party as Georgia moves toward the 2022 gubernatorial election.

USA Today's story on how much Stacey Abrams and the state of Georgia have changed since her last run for governor provides additional perspective on the governor's race.
4. Atlanta Pizza Truck gets AVPN approval

🍕 The Atlanta Pizza Truck has made history by becoming the first mobile pizzeria to be certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the Italian organization that gives the stamp of approval to Neapolitan pizza makers around the world.

In the past, AVPN would only certify brick-and-mortar pizzerias making classic Neapolitan pies, but Atlanta Pizza Truck owner Alessio Lacco, a Naples native, wouldn’t take no for an answer. 

“The truck is from Italy, the oven is from Italy, the ingredients we use for our Neapolitan pizza are from Italy. I asked AVPN, why can’t we be associated with you guys? Now is the time to start recognizing mobile pizza makers. They saw the world is evolving and said yes.”

Lacco studied with AVPN before moving to America and opening his first certified pizzeria in Dallas, TX. He was a global Neapolitan pizza consultant before arriving in Atlanta in 2017. He lost his job as a pizza maker during the pandemic, so he and his wife and business partner, Sofia Arango, decided it was time to go out on their own again.

Collin's full story is here.
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5. Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

🎄 From Mariah Carey's (above) seasonal hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You" to British duo LadBaby's "Don't Stop Me Eatin'" (a Christmas and sausage-themed parody of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing"), author and former record executive Tim Sommer tells NPR that artists make millions on holiday music.

❄️ In Atlanta, indie darlings Lunar Vacation have thrown their Santa hat in the ring by putting their own spin on Wham!'s "Last Christmas."

🎧 If a less holiday-afflicted approach to music is your thing, read all about The Bitter Southerner's picks for the "21 Best Southern Albums of 2021," including releases by Atlanta-based artists Faye Webster, Curtis Harding, Mereba, and Lil Nas X.

🎗️Tragically, KISS 104.1 and Classix 102.9 DJ and host of the "Cousins with Cancer" podcast Mix Master Mitch lost a long battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer last week. He was 56.
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