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 News: Dunwoody approves $7.6 million overhaul of Brook Run Park
 New amenities are coming to Dunwoody’s largest park as part of a $7.6 million overhaul this year. The City Council appproved the Brook Run Park construction project at its December meeting, and the work is scheduled to begin in March. Among the changes to come at the 110-acre facility: A great lawn with a bandshell and amphitheater...

Posted: 13 hours ago

New amenities are coming to Dunwoody’s largest park as part of a $7.6 million overhaul this year. The City Council appproved the Brook Run Park construction project at its December meeting, and the work is scheduled to begin in March. Among the changes to come at the 110-acre facility: A great lawn with a bandshell and amphitheater...
A movie studio, a DeKalb park and a neighborhood’s struggle to be heard
 When Ingrid Buxbaum started flipping homes in her southwest DeKalb County neighborhood, she painted the dwellings colors like yellow, purple and pink in an effort to breathe life into an area that had long felt neglected and overlooked. But the neighborhood, Starlight Heights, which sits just south of the drive-in theater that shares its...

Posted: a day ago

When Ingrid Buxbaum started flipping homes in her southwest DeKalb County neighborhood, she painted the dwellings colors like yellow, purple and pink in an effort to breathe life into an area that had long felt neglected and overlooked. But the neighborhood, Starlight Heights, which sits just south of the drive-in theater that shares its...
Heavy rain overwhelmed DeKalb sewer system, exposed decades of neglect
 The first sign of trouble came bubbling up in Andrea Strommen’s bathroom. Non-stop rains that deluged metro Atlanta last month had overcome the sanitation system along Mount Olive Drive, and the backup began to seep into homes in the neighborhood north of Decatur. The county’s Watershed Management Department sent workers who dug...

Posted: 4 days ago

The first sign of trouble came bubbling up in Andrea Strommen’s bathroom. Non-stop rains that deluged metro Atlanta last month had overcome the sanitation system along Mount Olive Drive, and the backup began to seep into homes in the neighborhood north of Decatur. The county’s Watershed Management Department sent workers who dug...
Evaluations, purchasing rules among DeKalb commission’s 2019 tasks
 DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader has asked a new committee to come up with recommendations on how to evaluate the performance of three employees who are under the county commission’s direct supervision. The Board of Commissioners’ Executive Evaluations Committee will be comprised of commissioners Kathie Gannon and Steve Bradshaw...

Posted: 4 days ago

DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader has asked a new committee to come up with recommendations on how to evaluate the performance of three employees who are under the county commission’s direct supervision. The Board of Commissioners’ Executive Evaluations Committee will be comprised of commissioners Kathie Gannon and Steve Bradshaw...
House study concludes with no recommendation on DeKalb CEO position
 A House committee created after a failed attempt to eliminate DeKalb County’s unique CEO form of government has concluded its work with a report that avoids taking a position on the controversy. The House Study Committee on County Governance by law had until Dec. 1 to submit its recommendations to the General Assembly. But the...

Posted: 7 days ago

A House committee created after a failed attempt to eliminate DeKalb County’s unique CEO form of government has concluded its work with a report that avoids taking a position on the controversy. The House Study Committee on County Governance by law had until Dec. 1 to submit its recommendations to the General Assembly. But the...
Citizen gets day in court to fight DeKalb commission’s pay raise
 Last February, when DeKalb County Commissioners voted themselves a massive pay raise without ever placing the issue on a written agenda, citizens expressed outrage and a sense of violation. On Thursday, one resident fought back and had his day in court, arguing the roughly 60 percent pay hike commissioners adopted was illegal. DeKalb...

Posted: 8 days ago

Last February, when DeKalb County Commissioners voted themselves a massive pay raise without ever placing the issue on a written agenda, citizens expressed outrage and a sense of violation. On Thursday, one resident fought back and had his day in court, arguing the roughly 60 percent pay hike commissioners adopted was illegal. DeKalb...
DeKalb News: Stonecrest city attorney steps down, names successor
 Thompson “Tom” Kurrie Jr., the first person to serve as city attorney in Stonecrest, is stepping away from the role. He notified Mayor Jason Lary in December that he would no longer be working for the city. Kurrie recommended that Winston Denmark be designated for the position.  A spokesman for Lary said the Stonecrest...

Posted: 10 days ago

Thompson “Tom” Kurrie Jr., the first person to serve as city attorney in Stonecrest, is stepping away from the role. He notified Mayor Jason Lary in December that he would no longer be working for the city. Kurrie recommended that Winston Denmark be designated for the position.  A spokesman for Lary said the Stonecrest...
LOCAL UPDATE: Questions raised about status of Stonecrest’s Atlanta Sports City
 The plan hatched by developer Vaughn Irons and his partners for Atlanta Sports City was grand: The $200 million complex would include two dozen sports fields for soccer, football and baseball, as well as basketball courts and a 15,000-seat stadium, they said. Two professional sports teams were reportedly ready to play at the 200-acre...

Posted: 21 days ago

The plan hatched by developer Vaughn Irons and his partners for Atlanta Sports City was grand: The $200 million complex would include two dozen sports fields for soccer, football and baseball, as well as basketball courts and a 15,000-seat stadium, they said. Two professional sports teams were reportedly ready to play at the 200-acre...
Atlanta Mayor Bottoms’ mac and cheese becomes the talk of Twitter
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has been posting pictures on social media  as she prepares Christmas dinner for her family this year. But one particular dish prompted a side of shade from the internet. Some folks on Twitter didn’t seem to think Bottoms’ macaroni and cheese looked appetizing. Here is a sampling of the  shady...

Posted: 24 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has been posting pictures on social media as she prepares Christmas dinner for her family this year. But one particular dish prompted a side of shade from the internet. Some folks on Twitter didn’t seem to think Bottoms’ macaroni and cheese looked appetizing. Here is a sampling of the shady...
Unpaid Atlanta airport workers connecting families on Christmas
 It was not lost on Private Lucas Jenkins as he hugged his wife-to-be in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that their Christmas Day reunion was possible, in part, because federal employees were still on the job despite a partial government shutdown. “If they didn’t work, I wouldn’t be able to come home,” he said...

Posted: 24 days ago

It was not lost on Private Lucas Jenkins as he hugged his wife-to-be in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that their Christmas Day reunion was possible, in part, because federal employees were still on the job despite a partial government shutdown. “If they didn’t work, I wouldn’t be able to come home,” he said...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond’s 2019 budget focused on paying down debts
 After spending the first two years of his administration balancing the budget and boosting reserves, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said his 2019 proposal focuses on paying down debts. The spending plan, presented to the Board of Commissioners last week, includes a $59.1 million payment to the chronically underfunded pension fund, an...

Posted: 30 days ago

After spending the first two years of his administration balancing the budget and boosting reserves, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said his 2019 proposal focuses on paying down debts. The spending plan, presented to the Board of Commissioners last week, includes a $59.1 million payment to the chronically underfunded pension fund, an...