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

Still no takers, but DeKalb says Confederate monument will move
 Even after DeKalb County extended its deadline for two months, no one raised a hand to take ownership of a Confederate monument in downtown Decatur. The county did receive two written suggestions on what to do with the 30-foot tall obelisk. A woman in Marietta proposed moving it to Allatoona Pass Battlefield at Red Top Mountain...

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Even after DeKalb County extended its deadline for two months, no one raised a hand to take ownership of a Confederate monument in downtown Decatur. The county did receive two written suggestions on what to do with the 30-foot tall obelisk. A woman in Marietta proposed moving it to Allatoona Pass Battlefield at Red Top Mountain...
Early voting in DeKalb County begins Monday
 Voters in DeKalb County can start casting ballots on Monday, April 30, ahead of the May 22 Election Day.  Three sites will be open for in-person advance voting Monday through May 18: Voter Registration & Elections Office (including a separate area exclusively for seniors and disabled voters), 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur ...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Voters in DeKalb County can start casting ballots on Monday, April 30, ahead of the May 22 Election Day.  Three sites will be open for in-person advance voting Monday through May 18: Voter Registration & Elections Office (including a separate area exclusively for seniors and disabled voters), 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur ...
Nightspots in Brookhaven push back against crackdown
 Customers trickled into Josephine Lounge, enticed by heavy promotion on a hip hop radio station and free admission for women before midnight. They scattered around in dimly lit booths and browsed LED menus. Only a few ordered the tacos, sliders and wings offered. But drinks flowed while a DJ in an elevated booth spun the latest hits. Josephine...

Posted: a day ago

Customers trickled into Josephine Lounge, enticed by heavy promotion on a hip hop radio station and free admission for women before midnight. They scattered around in dimly lit booths and browsed LED menus. Only a few ordered the tacos, sliders and wings offered. But drinks flowed while a DJ in an elevated booth spun the latest hits. Josephine...
Brookhaven says 8 nightclubs fraudulently identified as restaurants, suspends liquor licenses
 Eight establishments in Brookhaven could lose their liquor licenses because the city believes they  fraudulently categorized themselves as restaurants instead of entertainment venues.  The city’s new Alcohol Code says any business with a DJ, dance floor or stage is an entertainment venue that must pay $100,000 to obtain...

Posted: 2 days ago

Eight establishments in Brookhaven could lose their liquor licenses because the city believes they fraudulently categorized themselves as restaurants instead of entertainment venues.  The city’s new Alcohol Code says any business with a DJ, dance floor or stage is an entertainment venue that must pay $100,000 to obtain...
Legal challenge doesn’t stop work of DeKalb ethics board
 The DeKalb Board of Ethics is moving forward with a case against former county Commissioner Stan Watson, even as its own legal standing is being challenged. The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments next month about whether a majority of the ethics board’s members were appointed illegally. If a lower court’s decision...

Posted: 5 days ago

The DeKalb Board of Ethics is moving forward with a case against former county Commissioner Stan Watson, even as its own legal standing is being challenged. The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments next month about whether a majority of the ethics board’s members were appointed illegally. If a lower court’s decision...
DeKalb news: Brookhaven police say license plate program focused on serious crime
 Days after revealing details about a network of cameras used to read millions of license plates, the city of Brookhaven provided data about the program and how it’s being used. The license plate reader program launched in November through a partnership with Georgia Power to install a network of 44 cameras connected to wifi...

Posted: 5 days ago

Days after revealing details about a network of cameras used to read millions of license plates, the city of Brookhaven provided data about the program and how it’s being used. The license plate reader program launched in November through a partnership with Georgia Power to install a network of 44 cameras connected to wifi...
DeKalb ethics board pursues cases despite legal challenge
 Despite a date next month at the Georgia Supreme Court to hear arguments about whether DeKalb Ethics Board members were appointed illegally, the group is still meeting regularly and moving forward on reviewing residents’ complaints. That includes a case against former DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson that has been pending for...

Posted: 6 days ago

Despite a date next month at the Georgia Supreme Court to hear arguments about whether DeKalb Ethics Board members were appointed illegally, the group is still meeting regularly and moving forward on reviewing residents’ complaints. That includes a case against former DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson that has been pending for...
Advocates concerned new proposal undermines progress at DeKalb animal shelter
 Animal welfare advocates are sounding an early alarm about DeKalb County’s plans to negotiate a new contract for operations of its animal shelter. They worry that years of progress leading to more pet adoptions and less euthanasia might be undermined by provisions the county has floated adding to any new agreement. One new provision...

Posted: 7 days ago

Animal welfare advocates are sounding an early alarm about DeKalb County’s plans to negotiate a new contract for operations of its animal shelter. They worry that years of progress leading to more pet adoptions and less euthanasia might be undermined by provisions the county has floated adding to any new agreement. One new provision...
DeKalb moving forward with SPLOST implementation
 DeKalb County is in the process of evaluating proposals from three companies that are interested in serving as program manager of the $388 million SPLOST program. Proceeds from the one-percent special purpose local options sales tax will go toward improving roads and public safety throughout the county. Voters approved the...

Posted: 7 days ago

DeKalb County is in the process of evaluating proposals from three companies that are interested in serving as program manager of the $388 million SPLOST program. Proceeds from the one-percent special purpose local options sales tax will go toward improving roads and public safety throughout the county. Voters approved the...
Looking to hire 155 officers, DeKalb Police tries new strategies
 Detective Lesa Robinson needs a tissue and a few seconds to compose herself. She is in the middle of an exhibit hall at the Georgia International Convention Center and someone has asked her what it was like being a female officer patrolling the busy streets of DeKalb County. The memory of her first day riding alone gets her emotional, but...

Posted: 9 days ago

Detective Lesa Robinson needs a tissue and a few seconds to compose herself. She is in the middle of an exhibit hall at the Georgia International Convention Center and someone has asked her what it was like being a female officer patrolling the busy streets of DeKalb County. The memory of her first day riding alone gets her emotional, but...
DeKalb CEO says sewer spills down 31 percent
 DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond said there were 44 reported sewage spills in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 64 in 2017, a 31 percent drop. It is too soon to say whether the number reflects a trend that will carry out for the whole year, Thurmond said. This statistic was part of an update the CEO provided to the Board of Commissioners about...

Posted: 15 days ago

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond said there were 44 reported sewage spills in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 64 in 2017, a 31 percent drop. It is too soon to say whether the number reflects a trend that will carry out for the whole year, Thurmond said. This statistic was part of an update the CEO provided to the Board of Commissioners about...