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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.

Nashville Mayor David Briley
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In a busy year for elections in Tennessee, from governor to Senate to numerous state seats. Nashville mayor was not supposed to be one of them. But last week, the city elected David Briley to replace Megan Barry on a long-term basis.

District 1 Nashville
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There will be one runoff election next month in Nashville: Residents of Metro Council District 1 will go to the polls one more time to choose a representative after the five-person race in northwest Davidson County did not yield a winner on Thursday night.

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Nashville Mayor David Briley hustled to a solid victory Thursday night in the special election to fulfill the remainder of Megan Barry's term, holding off a dozen challengers.

campaign signs
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As Nashville chooses a mayor to hold the office for the next 15 months, voter turnout is on pace to be especially low compared to prior contests. And, as is often the case, a runoff is possible — meaning voters could be asked to go to the polls one more time, next month.

Nashville NFL Draft
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Nashville’s selection as host city for next year’s NFL Draft could draw tens of thousands of attendees to what has become a sprawling three-day festival, with another 40 million TV viewers potentially catching a glimpse of the city.

Metro Council District 1
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In addition to the Nashville mayor’s race, there’s one other crowded competition in the special election this week. Metro Council District 1 must again choose a new representative, the fourth council person in as many years in an area longing for stability.

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Community leaders in the Bordeaux area in northwest Davidson County say they exercised their “nuclear option” on Thursday by cleaning up a blighted shopping center on Clarksville Highway, even though it meant entering onto private property.

Carmen Hicks McCord
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Songs can go extinct. Lose track of the words, or the tune by which to sing them, and the oral tradition of passing on folk songs can become a precariously thin thread through history.

But one family — even one singing amongst themselves way out in the country — can do a lot of good. In Tennessee, the Hicks family of Fentress County single-handedly preserved numerous songs that would likely have vanished.

Nashville bus
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Nashville’s next mayor will face a complicated and politically volatile question about the future of mass transit.

The vote earlier this month to reject a multi-billion-dollar plan built around light-rail and improved bus service has reopened the debate, so we asked them:

What are your transit priorities now that Nashville voters have rejected the transit plan?


Nashville transit nMotion

One of Nashville’s steps toward a new mass transit plan will be to revisit the strategy adopted two years ago, when city and regional officials endorsed what’s known as “nMotion.”