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 CEO focuses on water billing, but complaints persist
 More than a dozen speakers at a recent DeKalb Board of Commissioners meeting made their point clear: The county still has a problem with inaccurate, exorbitant water bills. Some spoke of charges that seemingly skyrocketed overnight, others of being billed for water consumption at empty houses. “I don’t know how much longer we...

Posted: a day ago

More than a dozen speakers at a recent DeKalb Board of Commissioners meeting made their point clear: The county still has a problem with inaccurate, exorbitant water bills. Some spoke of charges that seemingly skyrocketed overnight, others of being billed for water consumption at empty houses. “I don’t know how much longer we...
DeKalb effort to relocate Confederate monument generates no interest
 DeKalb County hasn’t received any proposals for relocating a Confederate monument located at the old county courthouse. As a result, the deadline for submissions was extended 30 days. Zachary Williams, the county’s chief operating officer, said outreach efforts like newspaper ads are being planned in hopes of creating...

Posted: a day ago

DeKalb County hasn’t received any proposals for relocating a Confederate monument located at the old county courthouse. As a result, the deadline for submissions was extended 30 days. Zachary Williams, the county’s chief operating officer, said outreach efforts like newspaper ads are being planned in hopes of creating...
DeKalb: Bill to create city of Vista Grove filed in House
 Rep. Tom Taylor has filed legislation to create the city of Vista Grove in a footprint similar to a previous cityhood effort that failed. Vista Grove would be comprised of neighborhoods that are south of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville and north of Tucker. The proposal leave out some neighborhoods that voted against creating...

Posted: 2 days ago

Rep. Tom Taylor has filed legislation to create the city of Vista Grove in a footprint similar to a previous cityhood effort that failed. Vista Grove would be comprised of neighborhoods that are south of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville and north of Tucker. The proposal leave out some neighborhoods that voted against creating...
Frustrations mount over bill eliminating DeKalb CEO job
 Republicans who are a minority within DeKalb County politics have used their majority status in the General Assembly to push forward a bill that would eliminate the county’s unique CEO form of government. Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, said she introduced House Bill 961 as a general bill to circumvent a process that requires delegation...

Posted: 2 days ago

Republicans who are a minority within DeKalb County politics have used their majority status in the General Assembly to push forward a bill that would eliminate the county’s unique CEO form of government. Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, said she introduced House Bill 961 as a general bill to circumvent a process that requires delegation...
House bill fast-tracked to dissolve DeKalb’s CEO form of government
 Members of a House committee approved a surprise piece of legislation that would eliminate DeKalb County’s unique CEO form of government.  Now, the bill that was filed just Tuesday is eligible for a vote on the House floor. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, was among the Democrats who voted “no”  in the House...

Posted: 3 days ago

Members of a House committee approved a surprise piece of legislation that would eliminate DeKalb County’s unique CEO form of government.  Now, the bill that was filed just Tuesday is eligible for a vote on the House floor. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, was among the Democrats who voted “no” in the House...
DeKalb: Greenhaven cityhood bill remains a long shot
 The bill that would authorize a referendum on establishing the city of Greenhaven still hasn’t received a hearing this legislative session, and time is running out. If the legislation is not approved, it would make the fourth consecutive year that the cityhood measure has stalled at the General Assembly. Rep. Ed Rynders, an Albany Republican...

Posted: 3 days ago

The bill that would authorize a referendum on establishing the city of Greenhaven still hasn’t received a hearing this legislative session, and time is running out. If the legislation is not approved, it would make the fourth consecutive year that the cityhood measure has stalled at the General Assembly. Rep. Ed Rynders, an Albany Republican...
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: 5 days 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: 6 days 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: 6 days 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: 9 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: 9 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...