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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.

Bird scooter Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Hundreds — and potentially thousands — of dockless electric scooters could be back on Nashville streets before the end of the year.

Hobbycar Lane Motor Museum
Lane Motor Musem

Life vests — not seatbelts.

That was the lesson over the weekend when an amphibious Hobbycar went from driving on land to boating across the water to sinking to the depths of Percy Priest Lake.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Nashville Mayor David Briley’s response to the shooting of Daniel Hambrick and Wednesday's release of videos that show him fleeing police drew criticisms from several groups, including those who are pushing for a ballot measure to create a community oversight board that would review such incidents.

Some Metro council members and community organizers are also questioning the leadership of the Metro Nashville Police Department.

police video
Davidson County District Attorney's Office

Nashville authorities released new surveillance video footage Wednesday that shows a fatal shooting by a city police officer on July 26.

The lawyer representing the victim's family, after seeing the videos for the first time, told WPLN that they want the officer to be fired. Meanwhile, Nashville's mayor is urging patience as the investigation unfolds.

WPLN / File

And then it was a Wednesday.

A marathon 7-hour meeting of the Metro Council forced members to flip their calendars from Tuesday night to the next morning, after more than 100 residents spoke during public hearings on an array of controversial subjects.

Here’s (some of) what happened, and how the council voted, on high-interest matters.

campaign signs
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Let’s do it again. There was no decisive winner in the race for vice mayor of Nashville last night, so another runoff will follow.

Metro Council
Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

It appears likely that Nashville voters will be asked to decide this fall on whether to extend the term limits for Metro Council members.

That's one of six proposed changes to the county charter that are now being reviewed.

File / WPLN

The man accused of opening fire inside the Opry Mills Mall earlier this year will not be prosecuted.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

This story has been corrected to reflect final early voting totals, which show a larger overall voter turnout than initially reported.

The final tally is in for Tennessee early voting — and turnout jumped by 11 percent compared to four years ago.

Within those numbers, Williamson County is seeing an interesting partisan change. While Republican ballots still dominate, Wiliamson’s Democratic turnout was up by thousands of voters.

Rutherford County library
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

For the first time in 26 years, a new library is opening in Rutherford County. But there’s something you won’t see there: books. Or, bookshelves. The Technology Engagement Center is designed as a trendsetting library that focuses on digital literacy, computing skills and “maker” spaces.

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