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 County, cities approach SPLOST differently
 DeKalb voters overwhelmingly approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in November that will inject hundreds of millions of dollars into government coffers over the next six years. In May, the proceeds started rolling in. But four months later, some of the 13 jurisdictions benefiting from the sales tax have more to show for the...

Posted: a day ago

DeKalb voters overwhelmingly approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in November that will inject hundreds of millions of dollars into government coffers over the next six years. In May, the proceeds started rolling in. But four months later, some of the 13 jurisdictions benefiting from the sales tax have more to show for the...
DeKalb news: Pink Pony strip club files for bankruptcy
 Forced to cut hours and facing the possibility of competition, the owners of Pink Pony strip club filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. Chapter 11 is known as “reorganization” bankruptcy, allowing a business to restructure its debts while remaining in operation. Pink Pony’s filing is listed under parent company Trop Inc...

Posted: 2 days ago

Forced to cut hours and facing the possibility of competition, the owners of Pink Pony strip club filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. Chapter 11 is known as “reorganization” bankruptcy, allowing a business to restructure its debts while remaining in operation. Pink Pony’s filing is listed under parent company Trop Inc...
Stonecrest mayor Jason Lary has cancer, takes time off
 When routine debate became contentious at Monday night’s Stonecrest City Council meeting, Mayor Jason Lary said he was compelled to walk away. Saying he had grown weary and was stressed by council members bickering over how to manage SPLOST-funded projects, Lary stepped to the podium and made the surprise announcement that he would...

Posted: 3 days ago

When routine debate became contentious at Monday night’s Stonecrest City Council meeting, Mayor Jason Lary said he was compelled to walk away. Saying he had grown weary and was stressed by council members bickering over how to manage SPLOST-funded projects, Lary stepped to the podium and made the surprise announcement that he would...
Deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus found in mosquito in metro Atlanta
 The DeKalb County health department announced Tuesday that a mosquito tested positive for the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus. >> Read more trending news  Humans rarely become infected and cases are uncommon in Georgia, Ryan Cira, the environmental health director for the DeKalb Board of Health, said. However...

Posted: 3 days ago

The DeKalb County health department announced Tuesday that a mosquito tested positive for the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus. >> Read more trending news  Humans rarely become infected and cases are uncommon in Georgia, Ryan Cira, the environmental health director for the DeKalb Board of Health, said. However...
Mosquito tests positive for Eastern equine encephalitis in DeKalb
 The DeKalb County health department announced Tuesday that a mosquito tested positive for the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus. Humans rarely become infected and cases are uncommon in Georgia, said Ryan Cira, the environmental health director for the DeKalb Board of Health. However, 33 percent of people who are infected with...

Posted: 3 days ago

The DeKalb County health department announced Tuesday that a mosquito tested positive for the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus. Humans rarely become infected and cases are uncommon in Georgia, said Ryan Cira, the environmental health director for the DeKalb Board of Health. However, 33 percent of people who are infected with...
DeKalb: Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary has cancer, temporarily steps down
 Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said he is stepping away from the job for a couple of months to focus on receiving treatment for cancer. He made the announcement during a City Council meeting on Monday night. It came after a tense exchange with council members over how the SPLOST program will be managed. The council delayed a vote on three items...

Posted: 3 days ago

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said he is stepping away from the job for a couple of months to focus on receiving treatment for cancer. He made the announcement during a City Council meeting on Monday night. It came after a tense exchange with council members over how the SPLOST program will be managed. The council delayed a vote on three items...
DeKalb promised more transparency; still a work in progress
 Three years after DeKalb County announced a plan to give residents unprecedented access to how their tax dollars are spent, county officials have not made good on that promise. The transparency initiative fell through the cracks as leadership changed and county officials’ focus shifted to other priorities like the water and sewer...

Posted: 7 days ago

Three years after DeKalb County announced a plan to give residents unprecedented access to how their tax dollars are spent, county officials have not made good on that promise. The transparency initiative fell through the cracks as leadership changed and county officials’ focus shifted to other priorities like the water and sewer...
DeKalb: Dunwoody school evacuated after water main break
 Update: Because the repairs were completed so quickly, Austin Elementary students are now returning to the campus. Original post: Students attending Austin Elementary School in Dunwoody evacuated to a nearby campus on Thursday after a water main broke nearby. Repairs are now complete on a damaged six-inch pipe that was discovered...

Posted: 8 days ago

Update: Because the repairs were completed so quickly, Austin Elementary students are now returning to the campus. Original post: Students attending Austin Elementary School in Dunwoody evacuated to a nearby campus on Thursday after a water main broke nearby. Repairs are now complete on a damaged six-inch pipe that was discovered...
Police field complaint in DeKalb commissioners’ pay raise vote
 On Tuesday, Ed Williams and a group of activists returned to the scene of what they claim is a crime that violated more than 700,000 DeKalb County residents. It is Williams’ latest attempt to seek justice after county commissioners quietly approved a $24,000 pay raise for themselves last February. That secretive vote, which amounted...

Posted: 9 days ago

On Tuesday, Ed Williams and a group of activists returned to the scene of what they claim is a crime that violated more than 700,000 DeKalb County residents. It is Williams’ latest attempt to seek justice after county commissioners quietly approved a $24,000 pay raise for themselves last February. That secretive vote, which amounted...
DeKalb leaders raise concerns ahead of MARTA vote on Gwinnett
 Ahead of today’s scheduled vote by the MARTA board on a contract with Gwinnett County, DeKalb County officials are raising concerns. CEO Michael Thurmond and Commissioner Jeff Rader, the presiding officer, said they want assurances that MARTA will not ignore DeKalb needs as Gwinnett joins the fold. “What we need from...

Posted: 15 days ago

Ahead of today’s scheduled vote by the MARTA board on a contract with Gwinnett County, DeKalb County officials are raising concerns. CEO Michael Thurmond and Commissioner Jeff Rader, the presiding officer, said they want assurances that MARTA will not ignore DeKalb needs as Gwinnett joins the fold. “What we need from...
DeKalb: Brookhaven planning commission rejects disputed project
 The Brookhaven Planning Commission recommended that the mayor and City Council deny a plan to annex land into the city to allow a controversial development. Wednesday night’s vote came after roughly 10 residents from nearby neighborhoods spoke out against the project planned for the northwest corner of Briarcliff and Clairmont roads...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Brookhaven Planning Commission recommended that the mayor and City Council deny a plan to annex land into the city to allow a controversial development. Wednesday night’s vote came after roughly 10 residents from nearby neighborhoods spoke out against the project planned for the northwest corner of Briarcliff and Clairmont roads...