Tia Mitchell

Local Government reporter

Tia Mitchell covers DeKalb government. She previously covered the Florida State Legislature for the Florida Times-Union.

Latest from Tia Mitchell

DeKalb pays former CEO Burrell Ellis $1.1 million for defense costs
 DeKalb County taxpayers paid a final tally of $1.1 million to reimburse former CEO Burrell Ellis for the legal fees he incurred defending himself against charges of corruption before his conviction was overturned. That amount is roughly 50 percent higher than the payout amount initially anticipated by the Board of Commissioners, which ...

Posted: 15 hours ago

DeKalb County taxpayers paid a final tally of $1.1 million to reimburse former CEO Burrell Ellis for the legal fees he incurred defending himself against charges of corruption before his conviction was overturned. That amount is roughly 50 percent higher than the payout amount initially anticipated by the Board of Commissioners, which ...
DeKalb commissioners will receive update on high water bills
 DeKalb County commissioners will hold an evening meeting  on Tuesday where they will hear from the public about the county’s lingering issues with costly -- and often inaccurate -- water bills. At this regularly scheduled “committee of the whole” meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear from two advisory groups...

Posted: 22 hours ago

DeKalb County commissioners will hold an evening meeting  on Tuesday where they will hear from the public about the county’s lingering issues with costly -- and often inaccurate -- water bills. At this regularly scheduled “committee of the whole” meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear from two advisory groups...
Mother Mathilda Beasley: The mystery of Georgia’s first black nun 
 Mother Mathilda Beasley died in 1903 in a small cottage owned by a Catholic church. She was worshipping at an altar she had built inside, and lying next to her were burial clothes, a will and instructions for her funeral. The details of her death stand in stark contrast to the many things that aren’t known about the life of Georgia&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Mother Mathilda Beasley died in 1903 in a small cottage owned by a Catholic church. She was worshipping at an altar she had built inside, and lying next to her were burial clothes, a will and instructions for her funeral. The details of her death stand in stark contrast to the many things that aren’t known about the life of Georgia&rsquo...
Ethics Board to investigate former DeKalb director Marcus Kellum
 Marcus Kellum is no longer a DeKalb County employee, but the Ethics Board is moving forward on investigating him on a variety of issues raised during his tenure. Kellum, the county’s former beautification director, first drew attention when Channel 2 Action News reported that he did work for his private consulting business while...

Posted: 3 days ago

Marcus Kellum is no longer a DeKalb County employee, but the Ethics Board is moving forward on investigating him on a variety of issues raised during his tenure. Kellum, the county’s former beautification director, first drew attention when Channel 2 Action News reported that he did work for his private consulting business while...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond leaves his mark on county budget process
 DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond likes to tell people that he inherited last year’s budget since he only had 15 days to make tweaks before it was submitted to the Board of Commissioners. But he takes full credit for the 2018 proposal now under review. In this year’s plan, Thurmond eliminates deficit spending. The $603.3 million...

Posted: 4 days ago

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond likes to tell people that he inherited last year’s budget since he only had 15 days to make tweaks before it was submitted to the Board of Commissioners. But he takes full credit for the 2018 proposal now under review. In this year’s plan, Thurmond eliminates deficit spending. The $603.3 million...
DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana
 DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are...

Posted: 5 days ago

DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are...
Four Buford Highway nightclubs could lose liquor licenses
 Four entertainment venues located along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta could lose their liquor licenses after being cited for failing to submit paperwork, taxes, or fees by the renewal deadline. Josephine Lounge, XS Restaurant and Lounge, Rush Lounge (also know as the Iris) and Medusa Restaurant and Lounge each filed paperwork...

Posted: 6 days ago

Four entertainment venues located along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta could lose their liquor licenses after being cited for failing to submit paperwork, taxes, or fees by the renewal deadline. Josephine Lounge, XS Restaurant and Lounge, Rush Lounge (also know as the Iris) and Medusa Restaurant and Lounge each filed paperwork...
Automatic pay hike for DeKalb commissioners, CEO proposed
 DeKalb County commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond could be in line for pay raises this year that would also give them automatic boosts in the future. Commissioners have asked for years to have their salaries set at a percentage of what superior court judges make, which the DeKalb House delegation is now considering. The bill would pay...

Posted: 7 days ago

DeKalb County commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond could be in line for pay raises this year that would also give them automatic boosts in the future. Commissioners have asked for years to have their salaries set at a percentage of what superior court judges make, which the DeKalb House delegation is now considering. The bill would pay...
Online competition forcing the closure of big box stores in DeKalb
 Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary was a frequent shopper at the city’s Sam’s Club, and he said the parking lot always seemed to be swarming with customers. So, he was shocked last month to get a call from DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. She told him that the store had shut down abruptly and laid off nearly 200 people. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary was a frequent shopper at the city’s Sam’s Club, and he said the parking lot always seemed to be swarming with customers. So, he was shocked last month to get a call from DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. She told him that the store had shut down abruptly and laid off nearly 200 people. &ldquo...
Decatur solicits input on United Methodist Children’s Home property
 The city of Decatur will hold a kick-off celebration and workshop on Sunday to gather public input on  the United Methodist Children’s Home property purchased last year. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the main building at 500 S. Columbia Drive and will include remarks from Mayor Patti Garrett around 2 p.m. and self-guided...

Posted: 11 days ago

The city of Decatur will hold a kick-off celebration and workshop on Sunday to gather public input on the United Methodist Children’s Home property purchased last year. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the main building at 500 S. Columbia Drive and will include remarks from Mayor Patti Garrett around 2 p.m. and self-guided...
Colin Kaepernick donates $10,000 to Lithonia non-profit H.O.M.E.
 Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has completed his pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations by giving the final $10,000 to Lithonia-based non-profit Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure. That donation will be matched with another $10,000 from Grammy Award-winning singer Usher Raymond. Kaepernick asked his celebrity friends...

Posted: 19 days ago

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has completed his pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations by giving the final $10,000 to Lithonia-based non-profit Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure. That donation will be matched with another $10,000 from Grammy Award-winning singer Usher Raymond. Kaepernick asked his celebrity friends...





Tia Mitchell

Local Government reporter

Tia Mitchell covers DeKalb government. She previously covered the Florida State Legislature for the Florida Times-Union.

Latest from Tia Mitchell

DeKalb pays former CEO Burrell Ellis $1.1 million for defense costs
 DeKalb County taxpayers paid a final tally of $1.1 million to reimburse former CEO Burrell Ellis for the legal fees he incurred defending himself against charges of corruption before his conviction was overturned. That amount is roughly 50 percent higher than the payout amount initially anticipated by the Board of Commissioners, which ...

Posted: 15 hours ago

DeKalb County taxpayers paid a final tally of $1.1 million to reimburse former CEO Burrell Ellis for the legal fees he incurred defending himself against charges of corruption before his conviction was overturned. That amount is roughly 50 percent higher than the payout amount initially anticipated by the Board of Commissioners, which ...
DeKalb commissioners will receive update on high water bills
 DeKalb County commissioners will hold an evening meeting  on Tuesday where they will hear from the public about the county’s lingering issues with costly -- and often inaccurate -- water bills. At this regularly scheduled “committee of the whole” meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear from two advisory groups...

Posted: 22 hours ago

DeKalb County commissioners will hold an evening meeting  on Tuesday where they will hear from the public about the county’s lingering issues with costly -- and often inaccurate -- water bills. At this regularly scheduled “committee of the whole” meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear from two advisory groups...
Mother Mathilda Beasley: The mystery of Georgia’s first black nun 
 Mother Mathilda Beasley died in 1903 in a small cottage owned by a Catholic church. She was worshipping at an altar she had built inside, and lying next to her were burial clothes, a will and instructions for her funeral. The details of her death stand in stark contrast to the many things that aren’t known about the life of Georgia&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Mother Mathilda Beasley died in 1903 in a small cottage owned by a Catholic church. She was worshipping at an altar she had built inside, and lying next to her were burial clothes, a will and instructions for her funeral. The details of her death stand in stark contrast to the many things that aren’t known about the life of Georgia&rsquo...
Ethics Board to investigate former DeKalb director Marcus Kellum
 Marcus Kellum is no longer a DeKalb County employee, but the Ethics Board is moving forward on investigating him on a variety of issues raised during his tenure. Kellum, the county’s former beautification director, first drew attention when Channel 2 Action News reported that he did work for his private consulting business while...

Posted: 3 days ago

Marcus Kellum is no longer a DeKalb County employee, but the Ethics Board is moving forward on investigating him on a variety of issues raised during his tenure. Kellum, the county’s former beautification director, first drew attention when Channel 2 Action News reported that he did work for his private consulting business while...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond leaves his mark on county budget process
 DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond likes to tell people that he inherited last year’s budget since he only had 15 days to make tweaks before it was submitted to the Board of Commissioners. But he takes full credit for the 2018 proposal now under review. In this year’s plan, Thurmond eliminates deficit spending. The $603.3 million...

Posted: 4 days ago

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond likes to tell people that he inherited last year’s budget since he only had 15 days to make tweaks before it was submitted to the Board of Commissioners. But he takes full credit for the 2018 proposal now under review. In this year’s plan, Thurmond eliminates deficit spending. The $603.3 million...
DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana
 DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are...

Posted: 5 days ago

DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are...
Four Buford Highway nightclubs could lose liquor licenses
 Four entertainment venues located along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta could lose their liquor licenses after being cited for failing to submit paperwork, taxes, or fees by the renewal deadline. Josephine Lounge, XS Restaurant and Lounge, Rush Lounge (also know as the Iris) and Medusa Restaurant and Lounge each filed paperwork...

Posted: 6 days ago

Four entertainment venues located along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta could lose their liquor licenses after being cited for failing to submit paperwork, taxes, or fees by the renewal deadline. Josephine Lounge, XS Restaurant and Lounge, Rush Lounge (also know as the Iris) and Medusa Restaurant and Lounge each filed paperwork...
Automatic pay hike for DeKalb commissioners, CEO proposed
 DeKalb County commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond could be in line for pay raises this year that would also give them automatic boosts in the future. Commissioners have asked for years to have their salaries set at a percentage of what superior court judges make, which the DeKalb House delegation is now considering. The bill would pay...

Posted: 7 days ago

DeKalb County commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond could be in line for pay raises this year that would also give them automatic boosts in the future. Commissioners have asked for years to have their salaries set at a percentage of what superior court judges make, which the DeKalb House delegation is now considering. The bill would pay...
Online competition forcing the closure of big box stores in DeKalb
 Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary was a frequent shopper at the city’s Sam’s Club, and he said the parking lot always seemed to be swarming with customers. So, he was shocked last month to get a call from DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. She told him that the store had shut down abruptly and laid off nearly 200 people. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary was a frequent shopper at the city’s Sam’s Club, and he said the parking lot always seemed to be swarming with customers. So, he was shocked last month to get a call from DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. She told him that the store had shut down abruptly and laid off nearly 200 people. &ldquo...
Decatur solicits input on United Methodist Children’s Home property
 The city of Decatur will hold a kick-off celebration and workshop on Sunday to gather public input on  the United Methodist Children’s Home property purchased last year. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the main building at 500 S. Columbia Drive and will include remarks from Mayor Patti Garrett around 2 p.m. and self-guided...

Posted: 11 days ago

The city of Decatur will hold a kick-off celebration and workshop on Sunday to gather public input on the United Methodist Children’s Home property purchased last year. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the main building at 500 S. Columbia Drive and will include remarks from Mayor Patti Garrett around 2 p.m. and self-guided...
Colin Kaepernick donates $10,000 to Lithonia non-profit H.O.M.E.
 Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has completed his pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations by giving the final $10,000 to Lithonia-based non-profit Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure. That donation will be matched with another $10,000 from Grammy Award-winning singer Usher Raymond. Kaepernick asked his celebrity friends...

Posted: 19 days ago

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has completed his pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations by giving the final $10,000 to Lithonia-based non-profit Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure. That donation will be matched with another $10,000 from Grammy Award-winning singer Usher Raymond. Kaepernick asked his celebrity friends...





Tia Mitchell

Local Government reporter

Tia Mitchell covers DeKalb government. She previously covered the Florida State Legislature for the Florida Times-Union.

Latest from Tia Mitchell

DeKalb pays former CEO Burrell Ellis $1.1 million for defense costs
 DeKalb County taxpayers paid a final tally of $1.1 million to reimburse former CEO Burrell Ellis for the legal fees he incurred defending himself against charges of corruption before his conviction was overturned. That amount is roughly 50 percent higher than the payout amount initially anticipated by the Board of Commissioners, which ...

Posted: 15 hours ago

DeKalb County taxpayers paid a final tally of $1.1 million to reimburse former CEO Burrell Ellis for the legal fees he incurred defending himself against charges of corruption before his conviction was overturned. That amount is roughly 50 percent higher than the payout amount initially anticipated by the Board of Commissioners, which ...
DeKalb commissioners will receive update on high water bills
 DeKalb County commissioners will hold an evening meeting  on Tuesday where they will hear from the public about the county’s lingering issues with costly -- and often inaccurate -- water bills. At this regularly scheduled “committee of the whole” meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear from two advisory groups...

Posted: 22 hours ago

DeKalb County commissioners will hold an evening meeting  on Tuesday where they will hear from the public about the county’s lingering issues with costly -- and often inaccurate -- water bills. At this regularly scheduled “committee of the whole” meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear from two advisory groups...
Mother Mathilda Beasley: The mystery of Georgia’s first black nun 
 Mother Mathilda Beasley died in 1903 in a small cottage owned by a Catholic church. She was worshipping at an altar she had built inside, and lying next to her were burial clothes, a will and instructions for her funeral. The details of her death stand in stark contrast to the many things that aren’t known about the life of Georgia&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Mother Mathilda Beasley died in 1903 in a small cottage owned by a Catholic church. She was worshipping at an altar she had built inside, and lying next to her were burial clothes, a will and instructions for her funeral. The details of her death stand in stark contrast to the many things that aren’t known about the life of Georgia&rsquo...
Ethics Board to investigate former DeKalb director Marcus Kellum
 Marcus Kellum is no longer a DeKalb County employee, but the Ethics Board is moving forward on investigating him on a variety of issues raised during his tenure. Kellum, the county’s former beautification director, first drew attention when Channel 2 Action News reported that he did work for his private consulting business while...

Posted: 3 days ago

Marcus Kellum is no longer a DeKalb County employee, but the Ethics Board is moving forward on investigating him on a variety of issues raised during his tenure. Kellum, the county’s former beautification director, first drew attention when Channel 2 Action News reported that he did work for his private consulting business while...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond leaves his mark on county budget process
 DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond likes to tell people that he inherited last year’s budget since he only had 15 days to make tweaks before it was submitted to the Board of Commissioners. But he takes full credit for the 2018 proposal now under review. In this year’s plan, Thurmond eliminates deficit spending. The $603.3 million...

Posted: 4 days ago

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond likes to tell people that he inherited last year’s budget since he only had 15 days to make tweaks before it was submitted to the Board of Commissioners. But he takes full credit for the 2018 proposal now under review. In this year’s plan, Thurmond eliminates deficit spending. The $603.3 million...
DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana
 DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are...

Posted: 5 days ago

DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are...
Four Buford Highway nightclubs could lose liquor licenses
 Four entertainment venues located along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta could lose their liquor licenses after being cited for failing to submit paperwork, taxes, or fees by the renewal deadline. Josephine Lounge, XS Restaurant and Lounge, Rush Lounge (also know as the Iris) and Medusa Restaurant and Lounge each filed paperwork...

Posted: 6 days ago

Four entertainment venues located along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta could lose their liquor licenses after being cited for failing to submit paperwork, taxes, or fees by the renewal deadline. Josephine Lounge, XS Restaurant and Lounge, Rush Lounge (also know as the Iris) and Medusa Restaurant and Lounge each filed paperwork...
Automatic pay hike for DeKalb commissioners, CEO proposed
 DeKalb County commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond could be in line for pay raises this year that would also give them automatic boosts in the future. Commissioners have asked for years to have their salaries set at a percentage of what superior court judges make, which the DeKalb House delegation is now considering. The bill would pay...

Posted: 7 days ago

DeKalb County commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond could be in line for pay raises this year that would also give them automatic boosts in the future. Commissioners have asked for years to have their salaries set at a percentage of what superior court judges make, which the DeKalb House delegation is now considering. The bill would pay...
Online competition forcing the closure of big box stores in DeKalb
 Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary was a frequent shopper at the city’s Sam’s Club, and he said the parking lot always seemed to be swarming with customers. So, he was shocked last month to get a call from DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. She told him that the store had shut down abruptly and laid off nearly 200 people. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary was a frequent shopper at the city’s Sam’s Club, and he said the parking lot always seemed to be swarming with customers. So, he was shocked last month to get a call from DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. She told him that the store had shut down abruptly and laid off nearly 200 people. &ldquo...
Decatur solicits input on United Methodist Children’s Home property
 The city of Decatur will hold a kick-off celebration and workshop on Sunday to gather public input on  the United Methodist Children’s Home property purchased last year. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the main building at 500 S. Columbia Drive and will include remarks from Mayor Patti Garrett around 2 p.m. and self-guided...

Posted: 11 days ago

The city of Decatur will hold a kick-off celebration and workshop on Sunday to gather public input on the United Methodist Children’s Home property purchased last year. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the main building at 500 S. Columbia Drive and will include remarks from Mayor Patti Garrett around 2 p.m. and self-guided...
Colin Kaepernick donates $10,000 to Lithonia non-profit H.O.M.E.
 Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has completed his pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations by giving the final $10,000 to Lithonia-based non-profit Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure. That donation will be matched with another $10,000 from Grammy Award-winning singer Usher Raymond. Kaepernick asked his celebrity friends...

Posted: 19 days ago

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has completed his pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations by giving the final $10,000 to Lithonia-based non-profit Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure. That donation will be matched with another $10,000 from Grammy Award-winning singer Usher Raymond. Kaepernick asked his celebrity friends...