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 set to move on ‘Brunch Bill’ vote
 DeKalb County is expected to join the list of Georgia locales where residents will get a chance to approve earlier Sunday alcohol sales. In May, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law the “Brunch Bill” that allows voters to decide if adult beverages can be sold in their county or municipality at 11 a.m. on Sunday instead of...

Posted: 2 days ago

DeKalb County is expected to join the list of Georgia locales where residents will get a chance to approve earlier Sunday alcohol sales. In May, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law the “Brunch Bill” that allows voters to decide if adult beverages can be sold in their county or municipality at 11 a.m. on Sunday instead of...
DeKalb County: More mosquitoes found carrying West Nile virus
 The number of mosquitoes found in DeKalb County that tested positive for West Nile Virus is up to 11. The mosquitoes were obtained from nine different locations in north and central DeKalb,  the county’s Board of Health said. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent
Disney World doesn’t...

Posted: 4 days ago

The number of mosquitoes found in DeKalb County that tested positive for West Nile Virus is up to 11. The mosquitoes were obtained from nine different locations in north and central DeKalb,  the county’s Board of Health said. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent Disney World doesn’t...
Chamblee names interim police chief
 While the city of Chamblee conducts a search for its next police chief, Assistant Chief Mike Beller will serve as the interim leader. Beller has been employed with the Chamblee Police Department since 1997 and is a U.S. Army veteran. The city has hired The Mercer Group to conduct a 90-day search for a new police chief. A new leader is expected...

Posted: 4 days ago

While the city of Chamblee conducts a search for its next police chief, Assistant Chief Mike Beller will serve as the interim leader. Beller has been employed with the Chamblee Police Department since 1997 and is a U.S. Army veteran. The city has hired The Mercer Group to conduct a 90-day search for a new police chief. A new leader is expected...
Former DeKalb watershed director files whistleblower lawsuit
 DeKalb County’s former Watershed Management director has filed a whistleblower lawsuit that accuses top county leaders of mismanagement and corruption. Scott Towler said problems began soon after then-CEO Lee May hired him in late 2015 and continued through his resignation on March 7. He charges in the lawsuit that multi-million dollar...

Posted: 5 days ago

DeKalb County’s former Watershed Management director has filed a whistleblower lawsuit that accuses top county leaders of mismanagement and corruption. Scott Towler said problems began soon after then-CEO Lee May hired him in late 2015 and continued through his resignation on March 7. He charges in the lawsuit that multi-million dollar...
First signs of West Nile virus logged in DeKalb County
 The DeKalb County health department says mosquitoes found in traps in Tucker tested positive for West Nile virus. These are the first known cases of the virus in DeKalb this year, according to a Board of Health press release. No human cases have been reported. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent
Disney...

Posted: 6 days ago

The DeKalb County health department says mosquitoes found in traps in Tucker tested positive for West Nile virus. These are the first known cases of the virus in DeKalb this year, according to a Board of Health press release. No human cases have been reported. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent Disney...
DeKalb health officials find first 2018 case of West Nile virus
 The DeKalb County Board of Health announced Friday that workers trapped a mosquito in Tucker that tested positive for West Nile virus. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent
Disney World doesn’t have mosquitoes. And here’s the reason
What you need to know about West Nile virus It was the first...

Posted: 6 days ago

The DeKalb County Board of Health announced Friday that workers trapped a mosquito in Tucker that tested positive for West Nile virus. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent Disney World doesn’t have mosquitoes. And here’s the reason What you need to know about West Nile virus It was the first...
Brookhaven may hold referendum on more money for parks 
 If the Brookhaven City Council signs off, local voters will see a questions on the November ballot asking for permission to use property tax dollars to improve the city’s park system. Taxes would not increase under the proposal, the city said, because an expiring county parks bond and savings under EHOST will offset the new parks...

Posted: 9 days ago

If the Brookhaven City Council signs off, local voters will see a questions on the November ballot asking for permission to use property tax dollars to improve the city’s park system. Taxes would not increase under the proposal, the city said, because an expiring county parks bond and savings under EHOST will offset the new parks...
DeKalb commissioners approve payout after police shooting, jail death
 The families of two men whose deaths were blamed in part on shortcomings with DeKalb County law enforcement will receive six-figure settlements to end years of litigation, according to court documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners agreed to pay $475,000 to the wife and children of Dirk Smith...

Posted: 10 days ago

The families of two men whose deaths were blamed in part on shortcomings with DeKalb County law enforcement will receive six-figure settlements to end years of litigation, according to court documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners agreed to pay $475,000 to the wife and children of Dirk Smith...
New vision, but still no takers for Confederate monument in Decatur
 The Rev. George Tatro had a vision: What if the Confederate monument that now stands in downtown Decatur, stirring up so much consternation, could be moved to the grounds of a church. What if it were one component in a permanent installation meant to facilitate conversations on social justice, to remind Americans of where we’ve been...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Rev. George Tatro had a vision: What if the Confederate monument that now stands in downtown Decatur, stirring up so much consternation, could be moved to the grounds of a church. What if it were one component in a permanent installation meant to facilitate conversations on social justice, to remind Americans of where we’ve been...
DeKalb commissioners approve 2018 millage, increase for most cities
 Right before the DeKalb Board of Commissioners approved millage rates on Tuesday, member Kathie Gannon asked for one last assurance that no one’s tax rate would go up this year. Presiding officer Jeff Rader chose his words carefully. “The net impact is that the millage rate for unincorporated DeKalb will remain at the same level...

Posted: 12 days ago

Right before the DeKalb Board of Commissioners approved millage rates on Tuesday, member Kathie Gannon asked for one last assurance that no one’s tax rate would go up this year. Presiding officer Jeff Rader chose his words carefully. “The net impact is that the millage rate for unincorporated DeKalb will remain at the same level...
DeKalb County budget director takes job with Atlanta Public Schools
 Jay Vinicki recently resigned as budget director for DeKalb County to take a similar job with Atlanta Public Schools. Vinicki joined APS in late May, and his title is executive director of budget services. He worked as  director of DeKalb’s Office of Management and Budget for nearly 11 years. Before that, he was operating budget...

Posted: 12 days ago

Jay Vinicki recently resigned as budget director for DeKalb County to take a similar job with Atlanta Public Schools. Vinicki joined APS in late May, and his title is executive director of budget services. He worked as director of DeKalb’s Office of Management and Budget for nearly 11 years. Before that, he was operating budget...