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 News: Peachtree Creek Greenway groundbreaking in Brookhaven
 The first leg of the Peachtree Creek Greenway is now under construction in Brookhaven. Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of the first mile-long leg of a linear park that will eventually stretch for almost 3 miles in south Brookhaven. Local officials and community leaders were in attendance, including members of the...

Posted: 8 hours ago

The first leg of the Peachtree Creek Greenway is now under construction in Brookhaven. Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of the first mile-long leg of a linear park that will eventually stretch for almost 3 miles in south Brookhaven. Local officials and community leaders were in attendance, including members of the...
New DeKalb ambulance contract sets response time targets, higher fees
 DeKalb County’s ambulance provider must meet strict response time requirements under the terms of an agreement reached Tuesday, but residents experiencing a medical emergency will be expected to pay much more for the service. The county’s six-month contract extension with American Medical Response requires ambulances to arrive...

Posted: a day ago

DeKalb County’s ambulance provider must meet strict response time requirements under the terms of an agreement reached Tuesday, but residents experiencing a medical emergency will be expected to pay much more for the service. The county’s six-month contract extension with American Medical Response requires ambulances to arrive...
Atlanta United fans pour into businesses near MLS Cup parade route
 Businesses located near the Atlanta United’s MLS Cup parade route reported booming sales and few inconveniences caused by the revelry. Hello Atlanta, a souvenir shop stocked with United apparel, was inundated as people waited for the procession to pass its doors. Abdul Karim, who has been working at the store for about 10 years...

Posted: 2 days ago

Businesses located near the Atlanta United’s MLS Cup parade route reported booming sales and few inconveniences caused by the revelry. Hello Atlanta, a souvenir shop stocked with United apparel, was inundated as people waited for the procession to pass its doors. Abdul Karim, who has been working at the store for about 10 years...
DeKalb County prepares for black ice, government offices opening late
 DeKalb County and the cities of Dunwoody, Doraville and Chamblee will delay opening government offices until 10 a.m. on Tuesday because of the possiblity of black ice. Libraries, senior centers and rec centers and other government offices will open at 10 a.m. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners meeting is also delayed until 10 a.m. The...

Posted: 2 days ago

DeKalb County and the cities of Dunwoody, Doraville and Chamblee will delay opening government offices until 10 a.m. on Tuesday because of the possiblity of black ice. Libraries, senior centers and rec centers and other government offices will open at 10 a.m. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners meeting is also delayed until 10 a.m. The...
As exposure case appeal lingers, DeKalb Sheriff Mann continues on job
 When DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann pleaded guilty to charges last year after an episode where he allegedly exposed himself to an Atlanta officer, it threatened his law enforcement certification and ultimately his job. But a year-and-a-half later, with the state police oversight agency having decided to take away Mann’s law enforcement...

Posted: 6 days ago

When DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann pleaded guilty to charges last year after an episode where he allegedly exposed himself to an Atlanta officer, it threatened his law enforcement certification and ultimately his job. But a year-and-a-half later, with the state police oversight agency having decided to take away Mann’s law enforcement...
DeKalb may extend contract with troubled ambulance provider
 DeKalb County could keep its maligned ambulance service provider around for another six months and allow it to charge users higher fees. County officials ultimately plan to rebid the emergency transport services contract, but that process is in the early stages and won’t be completed until July at the earliest. However, DeKalb&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

DeKalb County could keep its maligned ambulance service provider around for another six months and allow it to charge users higher fees. County officials ultimately plan to rebid the emergency transport services contract, but that process is in the early stages and won’t be completed until July at the earliest. However, DeKalb&rsquo...
DeKalb County to regulate car booting industry, curb excessive fees
 The DeKalb County Commission on Tuesday moved to limit the power of car booting companies and curb fees they can charge drivers to remove boots from their vehicles. A sharply divided commission adopted the county’s first regulation of this controversial industry that has faced allegations of predatory practices and excessive fees across...

Posted: 8 days ago

The DeKalb County Commission on Tuesday moved to limit the power of car booting companies and curb fees they can charge drivers to remove boots from their vehicles. A sharply divided commission adopted the county’s first regulation of this controversial industry that has faced allegations of predatory practices and excessive fees across...
DeKalb CEO says rainy day fund nearly doubled to $103 million
 DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond says the government’s rainy day fund has nearly doubled since he took office in 2017. The county is expected to end 2018 with $103 million in its savings account, also called the fund balance. DeKalb had ended 2016 with $53.2 million in reserves; Thurmond took office at the beginning of 2017. By the...

Posted: 8 days ago

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond says the government’s rainy day fund has nearly doubled since he took office in 2017. The county is expected to end 2018 with $103 million in its savings account, also called the fund balance. DeKalb had ended 2016 with $53.2 million in reserves; Thurmond took office at the beginning of 2017. By the...
Brookhaven zoning changes limit Airbnbs, tackle affordable housing
 The Brookhaven City Council approved an overhaul of the city’s zoning laws, including new affordable housing incentives and a ban on renting out single-family homes to vacationers. That change will affect homeowners who lease their property for 30 days  or less at a time through short-term rental services like Airbnb or VRBO. Condominiums...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Brookhaven City Council approved an overhaul of the city’s zoning laws, including new affordable housing incentives and a ban on renting out single-family homes to vacationers. That change will affect homeowners who lease their property for 30 days or less at a time through short-term rental services like Airbnb or VRBO. Condominiums...
DeKalb legislative priorities for 2019 begin to take shape
 DeKalb County’s Board of Commissioners should push state legislators to support a pilot program that would provide health coverage for the uninsured, a board committee is recommending. Commissioners have yet to finalize priorities for the upcoming legislative session, but the committee also wants the board to ask DeKalb’s delegation...

Posted: 14 days ago

DeKalb County’s Board of Commissioners should push state legislators to support a pilot program that would provide health coverage for the uninsured, a board committee is recommending. Commissioners have yet to finalize priorities for the upcoming legislative session, but the committee also wants the board to ask DeKalb’s delegation...
Brookhaven zoning overhaul includes affordable housing incentives
 The Brookhaven City Council is expected to sign off next week on an overhaul of the town’s zoning laws, with at least part of the changes aimed at increasing the amount of affordable housing. The most recent draft of the zoning ordinance creates incentives for developers to set aside a certain amount of “workforce housing&rdquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Brookhaven City Council is expected to sign off next week on an overhaul of the town’s zoning laws, with at least part of the changes aimed at increasing the amount of affordable housing. The most recent draft of the zoning ordinance creates incentives for developers to set aside a certain amount of “workforce housing&rdquo...