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

1.3 million gallon sewage spill in DeKalb took 2 weeks to locate
 Over the course of two weeks, an estimated 1.3 million gallons of sewage flowed into Shoal Creek at Glenwood Hills Park in Decatur. County watershed analysts noted heightened levels of fecal matter downstream on Jan. 4, CEO Mike Thurmond said Saturday. The source of the spill wasn’t located until Friday and the berm surrounding the...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Over the course of two weeks, an estimated 1.3 million gallons of sewage flowed into Shoal Creek at Glenwood Hills Park in Decatur. County watershed analysts noted heightened levels of fecal matter downstream on Jan. 4, CEO Mike Thurmond said Saturday. The source of the spill wasn’t located until Friday and the berm surrounding the...
DeKalb commissioners add moratorium on municipalities to session goals
 DeKalb commissioners will ask members of their legislative delegation to support a bill that creates a three-year moratorium on new municipalities and annexations in the county. Commissioners are also asking legislators to require that future cityhood referendums include all voters in unincorporated DeKalb, not just those living within the...

Posted: a day ago

DeKalb commissioners will ask members of their legislative delegation to support a bill that creates a three-year moratorium on new municipalities and annexations in the county. Commissioners are also asking legislators to require that future cityhood referendums include all voters in unincorporated DeKalb, not just those living within the...
Doraville mayor touts city’s potential as Amazon HQ2 site
 The site of an old General Motors assembly plant in Doraville is among the places the state pitched to Amazon as part of its HQ2 application. The land is the planned site of a  mixed-use development known simply as Assembly, and it checks off a lot Amazon’s criteria, Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman said. “Considering Assembly&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

The site of an old General Motors assembly plant in Doraville is among the places the state pitched to Amazon as part of its HQ2 application. The land is the planned site of a  mixed-use development known simply as Assembly, and it checks off a lot Amazon’s criteria, Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman said. “Considering Assembly&rsquo...
Stonecrest among Metro Atlanta sites still vying for Amazon’s HQ2
 Stonecrest remains in the running to become home of Amazon’s second headquarters, a spokeswoman for the city said. Amazon announced Thursday that Atlanta is among 20 metro areas that made the cut out of over 200 applications. Stonecrest in southeast DeKalb County has pitched itself as a potential site. Stonecrest city officials...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stonecrest remains in the running to become home of Amazon’s second headquarters, a spokeswoman for the city said. Amazon announced Thursday that Atlanta is among 20 metro areas that made the cut out of over 200 applications. Stonecrest in southeast DeKalb County has pitched itself as a potential site. Stonecrest city officials...
DeKalb offices, courts will remain closed Thursday
 DeKalb County government offices, libraries, senior and recreation centers and courts will remain closed on Thursday because of icy roads and freezing temperatures. Warming centers at these three fire stations remain open: Fire Station 3 at 100 N. Clarendon Ave. in Avondale Estates, 
Fire Station 6 at 2342 Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta, and...

Posted: 3 days ago

DeKalb County government offices, libraries, senior and recreation centers and courts will remain closed on Thursday because of icy roads and freezing temperatures. Warming centers at these three fire stations remain open: Fire Station 3 at 100 N. Clarendon Ave. in Avondale Estates, Fire Station 6 at 2342 Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta, and...
DeKalb government offices closed due to snow
 DeKalb County government offices and buildings are closed today as snow blankets streets and frigid temperatures continue. Libraries, senior centers, and recreation centers are all closed today, in addition to the county courts. Garbage pick-up, already cancelled Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, will be delayed another day...

Posted: 3 days ago

DeKalb County government offices and buildings are closed today as snow blankets streets and frigid temperatures continue. Libraries, senior centers, and recreation centers are all closed today, in addition to the county courts. Garbage pick-up, already cancelled Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, will be delayed another day...
Father of 8 dead after shooting in Gwinnett apartment
 The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a father of eight in Norcross. The man was shot Sunday afternoon inside an apartment on Rockbridge Court. He died at the scene. Another man who was inside the home at the time of the shooting escaped through a window, the police said. He is not considered a suspect...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a father of eight in Norcross. The man was shot Sunday afternoon inside an apartment on Rockbridge Court. He died at the scene. Another man who was inside the home at the time of the shooting escaped through a window, the police said. He is not considered a suspect...
Snow, single-digit wind chill forecast in Atlanta on Tuesday
 A blast of arctic air is expected to produce snow flurries and possible accumulation in North Georgia down to Atlanta on Tuesday. Channel 2 Action News meteorologists said the best chance for snow is late Tuesday into Wednesday in the mountains, which could see 1 inch or more of accumulation. Closer to Atlanta, expect no more than a...

Posted: 5 days ago

A blast of arctic air is expected to produce snow flurries and possible accumulation in North Georgia down to Atlanta on Tuesday. Channel 2 Action News meteorologists said the best chance for snow is late Tuesday into Wednesday in the mountains, which could see 1 inch or more of accumulation. Closer to Atlanta, expect no more than a...
MLK Day events require road closures
 WSB Radio has a list of road closures caused by Martin Luther King Jr. Day events today. They include: 10th Street in both directions for the MLK Day 5K “Let Freedom Run,” which began at 8 a.m.;
Auburn Avenue in both directions for the King Week Holiday march and rally, which begins at 2 p.m.;
Portions of Hood Avenue, Highway...

Posted: 5 days ago

WSB Radio has a list of road closures caused by Martin Luther King Jr. Day events today. They include: 10th Street in both directions for the MLK Day 5K “Let Freedom Run,” which began at 8 a.m.; Auburn Avenue in both directions for the King Week Holiday march and rally, which begins at 2 p.m.; Portions of Hood Avenue, Highway...
Warmer temps for MLK Day ahead of Arctic front
 Today: Cold start. Warming through the afternoon. High: 47 Tonight: Clear skies. Light winds. Low: 28 Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies become overcast. Light flurries possible in the early evening. High: 51 Martin Luther King Jr. Day started off with a chilly morning, but temperatures will rise throughout the day, WSB meteorologist Karen...

Posted: 5 days ago

Today: Cold start. Warming through the afternoon. High: 47 Tonight: Clear skies. Light winds. Low: 28 Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies become overcast. Light flurries possible in the early evening. High: 51 Martin Luther King Jr. Day started off with a chilly morning, but temperatures will rise throughout the day, WSB meteorologist Karen...
Georgia Power under pressure to pass tax savings along to customer
 Georgia is joining the list of states pressuring power companies to pass along savings from federal tax cuts along to customers. Georgia Power would have until Feb. 20 to report to the Public Service Commission how much it will save now that corporate taxes have been slashed by one-third and recommendations for what to do with that money...

Posted: 9 days ago

Georgia is joining the list of states pressuring power companies to pass along savings from federal tax cuts along to customers. Georgia Power would have until Feb. 20 to report to the Public Service Commission how much it will save now that corporate taxes have been slashed by one-third and recommendations for what to do with that money...