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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.

Mark Wilf MLS announcement
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In announcing the Major League Soccer franchise on Wednesday, there was a moment when Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Gov. Bill Haslam insisted on posing for photos and answering questions together.

It was a somewhat unusual arrangement, yet there was no denying that their broad collaboration factored into the MLS decision.

Megan Barry MLS announcement
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It’s official: Major League Soccer is bringing a top-level team to Nashville.

Calling it a “city on the rise,” MLS commissioner Don Garber made the announcement at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon.

Nashville Roadies

Soccer supporters are rejoicing at word that the commissioner of Major League Soccer is coming to town to make what’s described as a “significant announcement” about the future of the sport in Nashville.

Local fans are taking this as a clear sign that the city will be been awarded a top-level professional expansion team — and they’re already gushing.

Nashville youth poet laureate

Harpeth Hall sophomore Haviland Whiting is Nashville’s new youth poet laureate after winning the annual spoken word competition hosted by Southern Word and several Metro agencies, including Mayor Megan Barry's office.

microtrenching Nashville
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Google Fiber has dramatically shifted its construction technique for bringing its high-speed internet option to Nashville. While fighting for access to utility poles had spawned an epic legal battle, the company and city officials are finding satisfaction with a method known as “microtrenching.”

homeless shelter Nashville
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When temperatures drop this winter, Nashville will add another way of sheltering the homeless. Room In The Inn, which typically coordinates a network of temporary shelters, will start opening its own doors overnight, and there will be fewer rules about who can come inside.

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Odd as it may seem, Gallatin, Tennessee has good reason to embrace a new spray paint mural that features skateboarding. The artwork depicts the late local hero Ray Underhill — who became Tennessee’s first professional skater in the 1980s — and it could be the spark for more street art across the city.

Nashville soccer stadium rendering

By some accounts, Nashville’s quest for a top-tier Major League Soccer franchise started late and lacked several key components. But experts say much has changed — and Nashville, newly named on Wednesday as one of four finalists by the MLS, now has a strong chance of being awarded a franchise.

MLS expansion finalists
MLS Soccer

This story will be updated throughout the morning.

Nashville is one of four finalists for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise, according to an announcement Wednesday morning.

Nashville Charlotte Avenue

After drawing some criticism, Mayor Megan Barry is now proposing a longer light rail line along Charlotte Avenue between downtown and West Nashville.