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Tony Gonzalez

Enterprise Reporter

Tony Gonzalez, a reporter in Nashville since July 2011, covers city news, features inspiring people, and seeks out offbeat stories. He’s also an award-winning juggler and hot chicken advocate who lives in East Nashville with his wife, a professional bookbinder. During his time at The Tennessean newspaper, his investigative reporting and feature stories were honored in the state and nationally. Gonzalez grew up near Chicago and came to Nashville after three years reporting and editing at Virginia's smallest daily newspaper, The News Virginian.

David Briley metro Council
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One of the clear losers in Nashville’s new government budget is the Metro Finance Department. A last-minute change will cut its budget by $103,000, likely eliminating at least one staff member.

While the dollar amount isn’t large, the reduction reveals how frustrated the Metro Council has become with some of the spending ideas among the city’s top finance officials.

City Hall Nashville
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Nashville will not be raising its property tax. That was the outcome of a tense 4-hour Metro Council debate that ended after midnight early Wednesday — and only after a shocking vote that drew audible gasps from the council.

Metro Council meeting
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The question of a possible property tax increase for Nashville households remains unanswered after a marathon budget debate of more than 4 hours on Monday.

Metro Council District 1
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The northwest corner of Davidson County can be scenic and easygoing, but recent political turmoil and mounting unease about low levels of Metro investment have cast frustrations over the special election now underway to choose the area's next council representative.

microtrenching Nashville
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Some Nashville neighborhoods are experiencing internet service disruptions and complaining about the "microtrenching" method that Google Fiber uses to install its high-speed internet cables.

Nashville City Hall
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Some Nashvillians are asking — with gusto — for the Metro Council to increase Davidson County’s property tax as a way to fund pay increases for city employees.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Updated Friday morning: Authorities today say they captured Steven Wiggins less than 2 miles from where a Dickson County deputy was found fatally shot on Wednesday.

City of Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro has seen a decade of boom times, with increasing population, brisk construction and commercial growth. While that trend shows no sign of slowing, officials are signaling that this is the year to pivot toward more prudent government spending.

Bird scooter Nashville
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The Metro Council has made its move to create regulations to govern the shared, dockless electric scooters that have been zipping around Nashville in recent weeks.

Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump traveled to Nashville Tuesday to support Congressman Marsha Blackburn in her bid for the U.S. Senate, but Republican hopefuls up and down the ballot sought to tie themselves to Trump in the hope that his popularity will rub off this fall.

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