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

Lawsuit says Doraville budget relies too heavily on fines
 Homeowner Hilda Brucker was shocked when she received the call. The Doraville official on the other end of the phone told her a code enforcement officer had found multiple violations at her home, that the city had sent certified mail, that she’d be cited for failure to appear if she didn’t report to municipal court right away...

Posted: a day ago

Homeowner Hilda Brucker was shocked when she received the call. The Doraville official on the other end of the phone told her a code enforcement officer had found multiple violations at her home, that the city had sent certified mail, that she’d be cited for failure to appear if she didn’t report to municipal court right away...
DeKalb introduces “fine-free” libraries for summer
 Materials for children and teenagers can be checked out from DeKalb County library branches this summer without the risk of fines if they are kept past their due dates. The Library Board of Trustees recently announced a “Fine-Free Summer” starting June 1 and ending Aug. 31. During that time, any materials from the children&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Materials for children and teenagers can be checked out from DeKalb County library branches this summer without the risk of fines if they are kept past their due dates. The Library Board of Trustees recently announced a “Fine-Free Summer” starting June 1 and ending Aug. 31. During that time, any materials from the children&rsquo...
Latest on elections results in DeKalb County
 With 96 percent of DeKalb County precincts reporting shortly after midnight, Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson was the clear winner over challenger Genet McIntosh Hopewell, an attorney. Hopewell’s campaign centered largely on accusations that Johnson behaved poorly at times from the bench, but the message didn’t appear...

Posted: 3 days ago

With 96 percent of DeKalb County precincts reporting shortly after midnight, Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson was the clear winner over challenger Genet McIntosh Hopewell, an attorney. Hopewell’s campaign centered largely on accusations that Johnson behaved poorly at times from the bench, but the message didn’t appear...
Supreme Court hears appeal on makeup of DeKalb’s Ethics Board
 Georgia Supreme Court justices had tough questions for attorneys on both sides of a case challenging the makeup of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. Former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton filed a lawsuit against the Ethics Board, saying it should be dissolved because the way some of the members were appointed is unconstitutional...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia Supreme Court justices had tough questions for attorneys on both sides of a case challenging the makeup of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. Former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton filed a lawsuit against the Ethics Board, saying it should be dissolved because the way some of the members were appointed is unconstitutional...
$9,000 fine for former DeKalb commissioner Watson warning to others
 Members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics said the $9,000 fine they levied against former Commissioner Stan Watson was partially to send a message to other elected officials that certain behaviors are no longer acceptable. Watson is accused of using secret accounts to raise money from county vendors and using it to host community...

Posted: 7 days ago

Members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics said the $9,000 fine they levied against former Commissioner Stan Watson was partially to send a message to other elected officials that certain behaviors are no longer acceptable. Watson is accused of using secret accounts to raise money from county vendors and using it to host community...
Georgia Supreme Court hearing on DeKalb Ethics Board challenge is Monday
 The Georgia Supreme Court has set aside roughly an hour for oral arguments on the DeKalb Board of Ethics appeal of a ruling invalidating a majority of its members. The hearing, scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m., will include testimony from Ethics Board lawyers arguing why the makeup of the board -- four members are appointed by outside...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court has set aside roughly an hour for oral arguments on the DeKalb Board of Ethics appeal of a ruling invalidating a majority of its members. The hearing, scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m., will include testimony from Ethics Board lawyers arguing why the makeup of the board -- four members are appointed by outside...
DeKalb ethics board fines Stan Watson $9,000
 DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics voted to fine former Commissioner Stan Watson $9,000 for using public resources for campaign duties and soliciting donations from county vendors on five different occasions. Neither Watson nor anyone representing him attended Thurday’s hearing. Most of the testimony about fundraising activities...

Posted: 8 days ago

DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics voted to fine former Commissioner Stan Watson $9,000 for using public resources for campaign duties and soliciting donations from county vendors on five different occasions. Neither Watson nor anyone representing him attended Thurday’s hearing. Most of the testimony about fundraising activities...
DeKalb CEO pledges more mowing for county roads
 DeKalb residents who complained for years that certain neighborhoods, especially in the southern parts of the county, were being neglected now have proof directly from CEO Mike Thurmond. He told commissioners on Tuesday that 125 roads maintained by the county were only scheduled for mowing once a quarter, and workers skipped over one...

Posted: 9 days ago

DeKalb residents who complained for years that certain neighborhoods, especially in the southern parts of the county, were being neglected now have proof directly from CEO Mike Thurmond. He told commissioners on Tuesday that 125 roads maintained by the county were only scheduled for mowing once a quarter, and workers skipped over one...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond says county must apologize for ignoring its roads
 DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond said residents who have long complained their roads aren’t getting enough attention were right after all. A recent review of maintenance operations found that at any given time about 25 roads are not being mowed according to an already lax maintenance schedule. “Really, we need to apologize to the...

Posted: 11 days ago

DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond said residents who have long complained their roads aren’t getting enough attention were right after all. A recent review of maintenance operations found that at any given time about 25 roads are not being mowed according to an already lax maintenance schedule. “Really, we need to apologize to the...
DeKalb Ethics Board schedules hearing on former commissioner Watson
 DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics has scheduled a Thursday hearing on the case of former Commissioner Stan Watson, who is accused of using secret accounts to spend money he solicited from county vendors. Although Watson is no longer a member of the Board of Commissioners -- he stepped down in 2016 to run for tax commissioner but...

Posted: 12 days ago

DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics has scheduled a Thursday hearing on the case of former Commissioner Stan Watson, who is accused of using secret accounts to spend money he solicited from county vendors. Although Watson is no longer a member of the Board of Commissioners -- he stepped down in 2016 to run for tax commissioner but...
DeKalb commissioners say they work hard. The AJC looked at their calendars
 Two and a half months ago, with little warning and no discussion, DeKalb County commissioners voted to give themselves a 60 percent pay raise. Anticipating the public backlash, DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon made an offer: “If anyone would like to see what the hours are that I work, I would invite them to spend the week with...

Posted: 15 days ago

Two and a half months ago, with little warning and no discussion, DeKalb County commissioners voted to give themselves a 60 percent pay raise. Anticipating the public backlash, DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon made an offer: “If anyone would like to see what the hours are that I work, I would invite them to spend the week with...





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

Lawsuit says Doraville budget relies too heavily on fines
 Homeowner Hilda Brucker was shocked when she received the call. The Doraville official on the other end of the phone told her a code enforcement officer had found multiple violations at her home, that the city had sent certified mail, that she’d be cited for failure to appear if she didn’t report to municipal court right away...

Posted: a day ago

Homeowner Hilda Brucker was shocked when she received the call. The Doraville official on the other end of the phone told her a code enforcement officer had found multiple violations at her home, that the city had sent certified mail, that she’d be cited for failure to appear if she didn’t report to municipal court right away...
DeKalb introduces “fine-free” libraries for summer
 Materials for children and teenagers can be checked out from DeKalb County library branches this summer without the risk of fines if they are kept past their due dates. The Library Board of Trustees recently announced a “Fine-Free Summer” starting June 1 and ending Aug. 31. During that time, any materials from the children&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Materials for children and teenagers can be checked out from DeKalb County library branches this summer without the risk of fines if they are kept past their due dates. The Library Board of Trustees recently announced a “Fine-Free Summer” starting June 1 and ending Aug. 31. During that time, any materials from the children&rsquo...
Latest on elections results in DeKalb County
 With 96 percent of DeKalb County precincts reporting shortly after midnight, Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson was the clear winner over challenger Genet McIntosh Hopewell, an attorney. Hopewell’s campaign centered largely on accusations that Johnson behaved poorly at times from the bench, but the message didn’t appear...

Posted: 3 days ago

With 96 percent of DeKalb County precincts reporting shortly after midnight, Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson was the clear winner over challenger Genet McIntosh Hopewell, an attorney. Hopewell’s campaign centered largely on accusations that Johnson behaved poorly at times from the bench, but the message didn’t appear...
Supreme Court hears appeal on makeup of DeKalb’s Ethics Board
 Georgia Supreme Court justices had tough questions for attorneys on both sides of a case challenging the makeup of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. Former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton filed a lawsuit against the Ethics Board, saying it should be dissolved because the way some of the members were appointed is unconstitutional...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia Supreme Court justices had tough questions for attorneys on both sides of a case challenging the makeup of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. Former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton filed a lawsuit against the Ethics Board, saying it should be dissolved because the way some of the members were appointed is unconstitutional...
$9,000 fine for former DeKalb commissioner Watson warning to others
 Members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics said the $9,000 fine they levied against former Commissioner Stan Watson was partially to send a message to other elected officials that certain behaviors are no longer acceptable. Watson is accused of using secret accounts to raise money from county vendors and using it to host community...

Posted: 7 days ago

Members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics said the $9,000 fine they levied against former Commissioner Stan Watson was partially to send a message to other elected officials that certain behaviors are no longer acceptable. Watson is accused of using secret accounts to raise money from county vendors and using it to host community...
Georgia Supreme Court hearing on DeKalb Ethics Board challenge is Monday
 The Georgia Supreme Court has set aside roughly an hour for oral arguments on the DeKalb Board of Ethics appeal of a ruling invalidating a majority of its members. The hearing, scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m., will include testimony from Ethics Board lawyers arguing why the makeup of the board -- four members are appointed by outside...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court has set aside roughly an hour for oral arguments on the DeKalb Board of Ethics appeal of a ruling invalidating a majority of its members. The hearing, scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m., will include testimony from Ethics Board lawyers arguing why the makeup of the board -- four members are appointed by outside...
DeKalb ethics board fines Stan Watson $9,000
 DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics voted to fine former Commissioner Stan Watson $9,000 for using public resources for campaign duties and soliciting donations from county vendors on five different occasions. Neither Watson nor anyone representing him attended Thurday’s hearing. Most of the testimony about fundraising activities...

Posted: 8 days ago

DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics voted to fine former Commissioner Stan Watson $9,000 for using public resources for campaign duties and soliciting donations from county vendors on five different occasions. Neither Watson nor anyone representing him attended Thurday’s hearing. Most of the testimony about fundraising activities...
DeKalb CEO pledges more mowing for county roads
 DeKalb residents who complained for years that certain neighborhoods, especially in the southern parts of the county, were being neglected now have proof directly from CEO Mike Thurmond. He told commissioners on Tuesday that 125 roads maintained by the county were only scheduled for mowing once a quarter, and workers skipped over one...

Posted: 9 days ago

DeKalb residents who complained for years that certain neighborhoods, especially in the southern parts of the county, were being neglected now have proof directly from CEO Mike Thurmond. He told commissioners on Tuesday that 125 roads maintained by the county were only scheduled for mowing once a quarter, and workers skipped over one...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond says county must apologize for ignoring its roads
 DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond said residents who have long complained their roads aren’t getting enough attention were right after all. A recent review of maintenance operations found that at any given time about 25 roads are not being mowed according to an already lax maintenance schedule. “Really, we need to apologize to the...

Posted: 11 days ago

DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond said residents who have long complained their roads aren’t getting enough attention were right after all. A recent review of maintenance operations found that at any given time about 25 roads are not being mowed according to an already lax maintenance schedule. “Really, we need to apologize to the...
DeKalb Ethics Board schedules hearing on former commissioner Watson
 DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics has scheduled a Thursday hearing on the case of former Commissioner Stan Watson, who is accused of using secret accounts to spend money he solicited from county vendors. Although Watson is no longer a member of the Board of Commissioners -- he stepped down in 2016 to run for tax commissioner but...

Posted: 12 days ago

DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics has scheduled a Thursday hearing on the case of former Commissioner Stan Watson, who is accused of using secret accounts to spend money he solicited from county vendors. Although Watson is no longer a member of the Board of Commissioners -- he stepped down in 2016 to run for tax commissioner but...
DeKalb commissioners say they work hard. The AJC looked at their calendars
 Two and a half months ago, with little warning and no discussion, DeKalb County commissioners voted to give themselves a 60 percent pay raise. Anticipating the public backlash, DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon made an offer: “If anyone would like to see what the hours are that I work, I would invite them to spend the week with...

Posted: 15 days ago

Two and a half months ago, with little warning and no discussion, DeKalb County commissioners voted to give themselves a 60 percent pay raise. Anticipating the public backlash, DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon made an offer: “If anyone would like to see what the hours are that I work, I would invite them to spend the week with...





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

Lawsuit says Doraville budget relies too heavily on fines
 Homeowner Hilda Brucker was shocked when she received the call. The Doraville official on the other end of the phone told her a code enforcement officer had found multiple violations at her home, that the city had sent certified mail, that she’d be cited for failure to appear if she didn’t report to municipal court right away...

Posted: a day ago

Homeowner Hilda Brucker was shocked when she received the call. The Doraville official on the other end of the phone told her a code enforcement officer had found multiple violations at her home, that the city had sent certified mail, that she’d be cited for failure to appear if she didn’t report to municipal court right away...
DeKalb introduces “fine-free” libraries for summer
 Materials for children and teenagers can be checked out from DeKalb County library branches this summer without the risk of fines if they are kept past their due dates. The Library Board of Trustees recently announced a “Fine-Free Summer” starting June 1 and ending Aug. 31. During that time, any materials from the children&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Materials for children and teenagers can be checked out from DeKalb County library branches this summer without the risk of fines if they are kept past their due dates. The Library Board of Trustees recently announced a “Fine-Free Summer” starting June 1 and ending Aug. 31. During that time, any materials from the children&rsquo...
Latest on elections results in DeKalb County
 With 96 percent of DeKalb County precincts reporting shortly after midnight, Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson was the clear winner over challenger Genet McIntosh Hopewell, an attorney. Hopewell’s campaign centered largely on accusations that Johnson behaved poorly at times from the bench, but the message didn’t appear...

Posted: 3 days ago

With 96 percent of DeKalb County precincts reporting shortly after midnight, Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson was the clear winner over challenger Genet McIntosh Hopewell, an attorney. Hopewell’s campaign centered largely on accusations that Johnson behaved poorly at times from the bench, but the message didn’t appear...
Supreme Court hears appeal on makeup of DeKalb’s Ethics Board
 Georgia Supreme Court justices had tough questions for attorneys on both sides of a case challenging the makeup of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. Former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton filed a lawsuit against the Ethics Board, saying it should be dissolved because the way some of the members were appointed is unconstitutional...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia Supreme Court justices had tough questions for attorneys on both sides of a case challenging the makeup of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. Former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton filed a lawsuit against the Ethics Board, saying it should be dissolved because the way some of the members were appointed is unconstitutional...
$9,000 fine for former DeKalb commissioner Watson warning to others
 Members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics said the $9,000 fine they levied against former Commissioner Stan Watson was partially to send a message to other elected officials that certain behaviors are no longer acceptable. Watson is accused of using secret accounts to raise money from county vendors and using it to host community...

Posted: 7 days ago

Members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics said the $9,000 fine they levied against former Commissioner Stan Watson was partially to send a message to other elected officials that certain behaviors are no longer acceptable. Watson is accused of using secret accounts to raise money from county vendors and using it to host community...
Georgia Supreme Court hearing on DeKalb Ethics Board challenge is Monday
 The Georgia Supreme Court has set aside roughly an hour for oral arguments on the DeKalb Board of Ethics appeal of a ruling invalidating a majority of its members. The hearing, scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m., will include testimony from Ethics Board lawyers arguing why the makeup of the board -- four members are appointed by outside...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court has set aside roughly an hour for oral arguments on the DeKalb Board of Ethics appeal of a ruling invalidating a majority of its members. The hearing, scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m., will include testimony from Ethics Board lawyers arguing why the makeup of the board -- four members are appointed by outside...
DeKalb ethics board fines Stan Watson $9,000
 DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics voted to fine former Commissioner Stan Watson $9,000 for using public resources for campaign duties and soliciting donations from county vendors on five different occasions. Neither Watson nor anyone representing him attended Thurday’s hearing. Most of the testimony about fundraising activities...

Posted: 8 days ago

DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics voted to fine former Commissioner Stan Watson $9,000 for using public resources for campaign duties and soliciting donations from county vendors on five different occasions. Neither Watson nor anyone representing him attended Thurday’s hearing. Most of the testimony about fundraising activities...
DeKalb CEO pledges more mowing for county roads
 DeKalb residents who complained for years that certain neighborhoods, especially in the southern parts of the county, were being neglected now have proof directly from CEO Mike Thurmond. He told commissioners on Tuesday that 125 roads maintained by the county were only scheduled for mowing once a quarter, and workers skipped over one...

Posted: 9 days ago

DeKalb residents who complained for years that certain neighborhoods, especially in the southern parts of the county, were being neglected now have proof directly from CEO Mike Thurmond. He told commissioners on Tuesday that 125 roads maintained by the county were only scheduled for mowing once a quarter, and workers skipped over one...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond says county must apologize for ignoring its roads
 DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond said residents who have long complained their roads aren’t getting enough attention were right after all. A recent review of maintenance operations found that at any given time about 25 roads are not being mowed according to an already lax maintenance schedule. “Really, we need to apologize to the...

Posted: 11 days ago

DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond said residents who have long complained their roads aren’t getting enough attention were right after all. A recent review of maintenance operations found that at any given time about 25 roads are not being mowed according to an already lax maintenance schedule. “Really, we need to apologize to the...
DeKalb Ethics Board schedules hearing on former commissioner Watson
 DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics has scheduled a Thursday hearing on the case of former Commissioner Stan Watson, who is accused of using secret accounts to spend money he solicited from county vendors. Although Watson is no longer a member of the Board of Commissioners -- he stepped down in 2016 to run for tax commissioner but...

Posted: 12 days ago

DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics has scheduled a Thursday hearing on the case of former Commissioner Stan Watson, who is accused of using secret accounts to spend money he solicited from county vendors. Although Watson is no longer a member of the Board of Commissioners -- he stepped down in 2016 to run for tax commissioner but...
DeKalb commissioners say they work hard. The AJC looked at their calendars
 Two and a half months ago, with little warning and no discussion, DeKalb County commissioners voted to give themselves a 60 percent pay raise. Anticipating the public backlash, DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon made an offer: “If anyone would like to see what the hours are that I work, I would invite them to spend the week with...

Posted: 15 days ago

Two and a half months ago, with little warning and no discussion, DeKalb County commissioners voted to give themselves a 60 percent pay raise. Anticipating the public backlash, DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon made an offer: “If anyone would like to see what the hours are that I work, I would invite them to spend the week with...