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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.

Bridgestone Arena Nashville
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There’s a new term being floated: the Preds’ Effect.

Tennessee capitol legislature
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Tennessee has been getting name-dropped during the recent attention on whether the island of Puerto Rico will become the 51st state — and it’s because of a move that Tennessee forefathers took more than two centuries ago.

Nashville youth hockey
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Tennessee has been adding a couple hundred youth hockey players each year, and the state’s roster of 3,871 registered players ranks high in the South — with nearly as many players as in Georgia and Alabama combined.

But getting a first experience on ice has been notoriously difficult, and even ardent hockey supporters say the sport isn’t for everyone. So will the recent run for the Stanley Cup, and all the hockey fever it has generated, also trigger a bump in kids playing the sport?

Metro General Hospital Nashville
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Nashville’s General Hospital — the city-subsidized “safety net” hospital for low-income patients — is considering cuts to services. But its leaders are also appealing to the Metro Council for more funding.

Nashville bus
Moving The Music City

Nashville has now completed what Mayor Megan Barry is calling an “action agenda” to improve mass transit and mobility. The plan released on Wednesday is the most specific list of projects, to date, that she wants done in the near-term.

Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena
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The Predators notched their biggest win in franchise history this week, surprising many and churning up a huge new following. But behind the scenes, the Predators organization has been preparing for this moment for years.

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The Nashville Predators have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. The Preds beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 Monday night. Bridgestone Arena was at capacity, with thousands of additional fans outside. Many more celebrated at sports bars around the city.

Greer Stadium Nashville
Those Drones

The future of Nashville’s old minor league baseball stadium will soon be determined. Officials have seven redevelopment pitches in hand and have asked some of the development teams to answer follow-up questions on Monday.

ferris wheel
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Nashville is being forced to decide: Does a giant Ferris wheel belong on one of the most prominent spots downtown? The proposal to build a wheel caught many people by surprise in recent weeks and now officials are wrestling with what to do.

Nashville police car
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Nashville’s police department would grow substantially in the mayor’s newly proposed budget. In her annual "State of Metro" address, Megan Barry called for the hiring of 22 new officers to work specifically on foot patrols within neighborhoods, plus 48 more regular-duty officers.