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Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

Eat at Chili's to help Tenn. tornado victims

(WXIA) -- Several Southern states were slammed by severe weather earlier this week, including Lincoln County, Tenn., which experienced a devastating tornado.

Those who want to contribute to the community's rebuilding fund can now do so, simply by eating at Chili's.

On Sunday, May 4, more than 60 Chili's restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee will contribute 10 percent of the day's earnings to the Lincoln County Disaster Relief Fund.

Chili's diners can also make monetary donations by adding extra money to their check totals.

Visit chilis.com to find your nearest Chili's.

Fans brave rain to celebrate 20 years of Outkast

Fans brave rain to celebrate 20 years of Outkast

(WXIA) -- This past weekend, tens of thousands of young music lovers abandoned Atlanta’s bustling city life to travel to a more serene atmosphere in Kingston Downs, Ga., to experience CounterPoint Music Festival, featuring four stages offering a mix of indie, rock, hip-hop and electric soul performances.

CounterPoint was the perfect backdrop for festival-goers to let loose, seeing most wearing little to nothing and taking the opportunity to bask in the sun while glamping on site with their tents. There was something for everyone, with music performances going on simultaneously, on-the-go hot eats, art tents, a cracker jack’d dunking booth, bed head hair styling tent and a colorful Ferris wheel in the middle of the venue.

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

Race this weekend: No Excuses 5/10K

Race this weekend: No Excuses 5/10K

ROME, Ga. -- The Rome Braves will host their second annual No Excuses 5K and 10K races this weekend.

Both runs will be held Saturday, Apr. 19 at the Braves Miracle Field of Rome, which is located next to State Mutual Stadium. The fun begins at 8 a.m.

Visit milb.com for more information.

Proceeds from the races will benefit Braves Miracle Field of Rome, which gives disabled kids and adults the opportunity to play baseball.

Race this weekend: Leprechaun-a-thon

Race this weekend: Leprechaun-a-thon

ROME, Ga. -- Run through downtown Rome at a fun St. Patrick's Day-themed 5K this weekend.

The Leprechaun-a-thon 5K and Health Walk will be held Saturday, Mar. 15 at 1 p.m., and is the first event in the city's 2014 Road Race Series. It will begin and end at Berry College's Barron Stadium.

Prizes will be awarded at a post-race costume contest. Race admission also comes with an arm band that provides the wearer with discounts at various local restaurants and businesses.

Registration is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the two-mile health walk. Learn more and sign up at rfpra.com. Proceeds from the Leprachaun-a-thon benefit the Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include: