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Dulce Torres Guzman

Dulce Torres Guzman

Dulce has written for the Nashville Scene and Crucero News. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, she received the John Seigenthaler Award for Outstanding Graduate in Print Journalism in 2016. Torres Guzman is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She enjoys the outdoors and is passionate about preserving the environment and environmental issues.

Abortion rights supporters rally in downtown Nashville

By: - May 14, 2022

On Saturday, hundreds of abortion-rights protesters marched through downtown Nashville, part of coordinated national “Bans off our Bodies” organizing effort to hold rallies in support of Roe v. Wade. A diverse and multigenerational crowd of roughly 500 people met at the Legislative Plaza and listened intently to organizers speaking about a potential future where abortion […]

Aerial of the TVA plant in Kingsport Tennessee, Kingsport. on the Clinch River. An ash dam spill on December 22 2008 resulted in a major environmental issue for the area. (Photo: Karen Kasmauski for Getty Images)

Public records show TVA planned coal ash storage months before informing Memphians

By: - May 12, 2022

In July 2021, the Tennessee Valley Authority shocked Memphis residents and officials after informing them that south Memphis would soon house potentially toxic coal ash from the now defunct Allen Fossil Plant.  TVA officials informed Memphians that the decision to use the South Shelby Landfill in south Memphis—a primarily Black and low-income community– “cannot be […]

The stone remains of a Civil War era bridge that crossed the Harpeth River contrasts with million-dollar homes. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Judge upholds suit against Williamson County Planning Commission

By: - May 11, 2022

A judge is allowing a lawsuit against the Williamson County Planning Commission from a conservation group to proceed on the grounds the group has standing to represent the interests of residents in preserving historically significant land from development.  The Vaughn Road property belonging to the late Alice Hooker, a well-known civic figure in the county, […]

The Vasco A. Smith Jr. Administration Building, where Shelby County Commissioners meet downtown Memphis, Tennessee (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby County effort to fix tax rate fails at first pass

By: - May 10, 2022

Shelby County commissioners failed to pass an ordinance fixing the tax rate as tensions continue over the possibility of losing $2 million or raising taxes.  During a Shelby County committee meeting, commissioners grilled Trustee Regina Morrison Newman, Chief Administrator Dwan Gilliom and Budget Director Michael Thompson while discussing the county’s inability to have a tax […]

Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover and Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris smile at each other during Saturday's TSU's commencement. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at Tennessee State University graduation

By: - May 7, 2022

On a rainy spring morning, Vice President Kamala Harris stood before Tennessee State University’s class of 2022, reviewing the past and a future unknown to the graduating students. Before her played a montage of the country’s history of Black Americans, of Emmitt Till’s murder, the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr., all of […]

Shelby County Commissioners at a March meeting. (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Harris gets pushback from Shelby commissioners over tax rate

By: - May 5, 2022

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris got little time to celebrate his victory in Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary, getting pushback from county commissioners about a change in the county’s tax rate on Wednesday as he announced his proposed budget for FY 2023.  During a Shelby County commission meeting, Harris proposed a budget of $1.6 billion with […]

Judicial candidate Jim Todd waves to voters--from 100 feet away--on Tuesday morning in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Primary election draws small voting numbers in Davidson County

By: - May 3, 2022

Voters meandered in and out of Cathedral of Praise in north Nashville, many apprised on the issues facing Nashvillians on a local and federal level.  Few people had shown up to vote by noon, said Carmen Dixon, despite her efforts to encourage more young people to vote. She noted that a lot of people voted […]

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Hospice nurse charged with fraud and identity theft

By: - May 3, 2022

A hospice nurse was arrested and charged with fraud and identity theft for her role in  defrauding pharmacies throughout Middle Tennessee and stealing the identities of six patients and physicians with the intent of distributing controlled drugs. From 2015 to 2021, Contessa Lynn Holley from Pulaski worked in two different hospice facilities–Compassus Hospice and Willowbrooke–while […]

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Tennessee’s community oversight boards restricted by state laws

By: - May 2, 2022

Across Tennessee police-oversight boards were created to play a role in mediating between a critical public and an often self-regulating police force.  Each of the four largest cities in Tennessee have a police-oversight board, each with their own ordinances, bylaws and inception dates. Both Chattanooga and Nashville’s police-oversight boards were created in the last five […]

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Comptroller: Tennessee’s aging population on track to outpace available senior services

By: and - April 28, 2022

The projected growth in the number of Tennesseans over the age of 60 will far outpace the availability of public services designed to keep aging Tennesseans out of nursing homes, according to a report released Wednesday by the Tennessee Comptroller. There are currently about 1.6 million Tennessee residents aged 60 and older, a figure that […]

Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee on September 15, 2021. Kingsbury Middle School in Berclair neighborhood of Memphis. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Germantown schools takeover advances in Tennessee House

By: - April 27, 2022

On Tuesday, a controversial bill allowing Germantown to take over Shelby County schools in their district was amended to include tighter restrictions if both parties were unable to reach an agreement by next year. On April 4, HB2430 passed despite outcries from Memphis Democrats that forcing Shelby County schools to cede four properties to Germantown […]

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Murfreesboro mortuary settles suit in corpse “abuse” case

By: - April 20, 2022

A Murfreesboro funeral home named in a federal lawsuit for allegedly abusing the bodies of deceased immigrants has settled with the victim’s family.  On April 6, Nelson and Sons Memorial Chapel settled with the family of Freddy Aroldo Cristotomo, who died in October 2019. Nelson was one of five funeral homes named by multiple families […]