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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.

Quintron Weather Warlock Third Man Records total solar eclipse
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To fully appreciate this eclipse story, WPLN recommends the audio version (above).

An experimental musician brought his weather-controlled synthesizer to the roof of Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville for the total solar eclipse. The so-called “Weather Warlock” made a soundtrack based on the atmospheric conditions of wind, temperature and sunlight.

Megan Barry
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For the first time since tragedy struck her family, Mayor Megan Barry spoke publicly on Monday to call on families to have difficult conversations about addiction.

Nashville traffic
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The slog of Nashville traffic only gets worse when school comes back into session, and Middle Tennessee transportation officials now say that drive times increase by 10 to 30 minutes during the school year.

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Max Barry, the 22-year-old son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, died this weekend of an apparent drug overdose. He was found Saturday evening near Denver, Colorado.

Metro Council Nashville
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A series of listening sessions are underway around Davidson County with the mission of making Metro Council business more transparent — receiving public input on the best ways to receive public input.

short term rental Nashville
Metro Nashville Network

Members of the Metro Council say they must “once and for all” find a way to regulate short-term rentals in Nashville. This follows months of arguments and competing ideas for what to do about services like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway.

Tennessee sports fans

New research finds that the Nashville Predators hockey team has leapfrogged over the Tennessee Titans as the most popular pro sports team in Middle Tennessee. That finding comes from MTSU’s consumer research office, which put out a scientific survey in the wake of the Predators’ playoff run.

drone photograph
Andrew Turner via Flickr

Nashville police cited a local drone operator with reckless endangerment for flying over the city’s huge fireworks crowd this week. Yet several other drones were spotted in violation of state and federal rules — and got away.

Thomas Maupin buck dance
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A Tennessee master of a waning dance style has earned national recognition.

Thomas Maupin is a scrawny 78-year-old buck dancer from Eagleville. His elbows, hips and knees jangle like a country puppet while his black shoes clack out intricate rhythms across wooden dance floors. After years of local notoriety, he's been named as a National Heritage Fellow.

Metro Codes map Nashville
Fiscal Choice Consulting study

Tall grass, abandoned vehicles, and broken gutters swaying in the breeze — they all make ready fodder for complaints to the property standards division of the Metro Codes Department.

Now a movement by the Metro Council could encourage neighborhood beautification with a powerful tool: cash.