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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.

Pastor Protection Act Tennessee
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

State lawmakers announced Friday that they would try to shield religious clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages. Now they’re already thinking of expanding their effort to also protect merchants who don’t want to be involved.

State Rep. Andy Holt, who last week proposed the Pastor Protection Act, is considering a state law to give business owners the right to opt out from gay marriage ceremonies — whether they run a bakery, a wedding venue, or a flower shop.

Nashville complete streets buffered bike lane
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

It’s not just any old bike lane that Nashville has paved on 11th Avenue in the quickly growing Gulch neighborhood near downtown.

Nashville interpretation immigrant mayoral forum
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Immigrant voters in Nashville are feeling some new attention this week from the mayoral candidates. Campaign websites, pamphlets and online videos are now appearing in Spanish.

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.