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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.

Armando Arzate speaks out about how workers are abused as Cecilla Prado of Workers Dignity translates. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Immigrant groups address abuse of undocumented workers

By: - December 7, 2021

Armando Arzate has lived and worked in Nashville for 22 years but said his documentation status allowed his employers to take advantage of him, and Tennessee law offered him few protections from retaliation if he complained.  Since then he’s joined Worker’s Dignity, an organization that supports low wage workers and working class residents, to represent […]

Shelby County Commission. (Photo: Shelby County Government)

Shelby commission approves funds for refugee legal aid

By: - December 6, 2021

The 25 Afghan refugees now living in Memphis need protection from deportation and the sooner they get legal protection, the better, said lawyers with a non profit legal organization. On Monday, the Shelby County Commission awarded $250,000 to the Community Legal Center to assist Afghan refugees in applying for permanent residence in the U.S. As […]

A proposed map of Fayette County's commission districts. (Map: Tennessee Comptroller)

Ground zero for voting rights: Fayette County redistricting restricts Black representation

By: - December 2, 2021

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners could face litigation from civil-rights advocates  after a controversial decision restricting the county’s large Black population from representation.  Located in West Tennessee, Fayette County’s population experienced significant growth at a rate of more than 9% over the last decade. Specifically, families moved away from the rural east corner of […]

Children in Nashville during a recent rally. Memphis has received about 36 Afghan refugees while Nashville has received around 300. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Shelby Commission group recommends funds for Afghan refugees

By: - December 1, 2021

Afghan refugees who fled their home country under Taliban rule still face deportation, said lawyers during a Shelby County Commission meeting. On Wednesday, members of the Community Legal Center met with commissioners at a committee meeting to discuss the funds they need to provide legal services to 36 Afghan refugees resettling in Memphis.  After the […]

Kat Gower, 8, gets her second shot as her mother Allison watches.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Across Tennessee, health officials boost outreach efforts for kids’ vaccines

By: - November 29, 2021

Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 on Oct. 29, Tennessee’s local health departments have had varying degrees of success convincing parents to vaccinate their children among waves of misinformation and pediatric COVID cases. Two week ago, reports showed that half of Tennessee’s counties had fewer than […]

South Nashville neighborhoods apply for traffic calming

By: - November 26, 2021

Most of the time, Lisa Shadrick loves living in Antioch,  but over the years, the area’s need for increased safety standards has grown. Specifically, traffic problems in Antioch have gotten “exaggerated,” she said, and her concerns started when Shadrick called police after finding a vehicle had crashed through construction barriers into a ditch near her […]

Gas stations with convenience stores are often the only source of grocery shopping for residents in low income neighborhoods. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Memphis City Council backs residents and rules against gas station operators

By: - November 17, 2021

On Tuesday, Memphis City Council pushed back against gas station developers and passed a regulatory ordinance in favor of residents concerned about pollution to the city’s drinking water.   In the past several months, residents and community leaders urged city and county officials to regulate undesirable companies–including gas stations– from springing up near their neighborhoods. Over […]

Historic Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville budget committee debates use of American Rescue Plan funds

By: - November 16, 2021

 The use of American Rescue Plan funds to address homelessness in Nashville continues to be a controversial subject among members of Metro Council. Council members have discussed directing more than one million in ARP funds to address homelessness in Nashville. But among the provisions of intended uses for the funds was the purchase of Bobcat […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby Commission shoots down pay raise for sheriff

By: - November 15, 2021

In Memphis on Monday, Shelby County commissioners shot down a proposed pay increase for Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr.  Bonner was up for a salary bump from $148,485 to $199,500. Commissioner Edmund Ford said  although Shelby’s sheriff is the lowest paid law enforcement leader in the state, but commissioners weren’t buying the sales pitch, […]

Memphis residents wage fight against TVA coal ash storage

By: - November 15, 2021

Activist Justin J. Pearson had barely finished one environmental fight before he realized he needed to get involved in another.  Pearson, co-founder of Memphis Against the Pipeline, was a leader in a community pushback against the Byhalia Pipeline, a 49-mile oil conduit through historically Black Memphis neighborhoods. Activists said it was a prime example of […]

Historic Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville Mayor Cooper faces blowback over tours of homeless communities

By: - November 9, 2021

On Friday, Metro Nashville Councilmember Colby Sledge opened an email from Mayor John Cooper’s office and was stunned to read it.  Sledge and other council members received an invitation to tour areas throughout Nashville where large numbers of unhoused people reside — homeless encampments, as they are sometimes called.   Sledge called the tour a tone […]

Metro Nashville Council Redistricting Proposal B (Metro Nashville Planning Department)

Tennessee’s municipalities tackle redistricting

By: - November 8, 2021

State legislators have until next year to finish redistricting the state, but the pressure is on local officials to quickly finish a process that will closely affect Tennessee residents on a day to day basis.. Here’s what the redistricting process looks like across the state.  Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County There’s no question that Nashville’s […]