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.

Light Meander Nashville riverfront park
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s newest piece of large-scale public art is being erected this week alongside the Cumberland River — a waterway that inspired the sculpture.

There’s nothing that looks quite like it in downtown Nashville — a tall piece of steel, but one that doesn’t include a straight line like the towering buildings nearby. Instead, this artwork, titled “Light Meander,” curves back and forth — mimicking the bends in the Cumberland River — as it rises nearly 45 feet.

Davidson County voter registration
Davidson County Election Commission

There’s a better chance than usual that the August election in Davidson County will be influenced by the youth vote thanks to recent success in getting young people registered.

In fact, Davidson County set a record: Election officials registered 1,551 new high school-age voters this spring. They pulled it off by visiting 23 schools and funneling paperwork to others. They broke the registration record, set last year, by more than 400 students.

Joelton natural gas pipeline Kinder Morgan
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Drive north away from Nashville and the first bright yellow yard sign — protesting “NO PIPELINE”— appears as the land turns into lush green ridges. Those yard signs soon proliferate, including in the front yards of a dozen neighbors in a row along Whites Creek Pike.

Davidson County Election Commission
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nearly a dozen early voting locations appear to be saved for Davidson County’s upcoming election.

In a reversal, polling places that weren’t going to open because of a pinch in the budget have now been funded. The Metro Council approved $283,000 on Tuesday night to make sure of it, ending a testy situation with the county Election Commission.

NashvilleNext public hearing
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Residents of rural Whites Creek tussled Monday night over the future of home construction in their scenic area of northern Davidson County. New rules about subdivisions, part of a massive plan known as NashvilleNext, could soon be adopted by the Metro Planning Commission.

Federal prosecutors announced a multi-million dollar settlement involving fraud and a Middle Tennessee health care company on Monday, the second such announcement this month.

NashvilleNext land use plan
Metro Planning Department

Nashville is almost done with a new batch of policies that tell property owners and developers what they’re allowed to do on their land. But the ideas, known as NashvilleNext, could face a fight — or at least some getting used to.

NashvilleNext future
Metro Planning Department

There’s about to be a vote to determine what Nashville will look like as the city grows.

It has taken nearly three years to create the vision, but it could have an impact for decades to come.

It's called "NashvilleNext." It’s a set of big ideas — and rules — that will try to keep life in Nashville as pleasant as possible in the future. And that goes for the urban downtown, for neighborhoods and subdivisions and for the remaining rural areas.

Early voting Davidson County
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Davidson County Election Commission held firm Thursday on a decision to open just one early voting site for the August election. But a flurry of activity has left open the chance for that to change.

Nashville polling place
Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

A dispute over Davidson County’s early voting locations reached a new level on Wednesday, with some members of the Metro Council threatening to cut funding for the Election Commission.