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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.

Protesters in front of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexanders offices on West End in 2017. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Texas ruling on DACA dashes hopes in Tennessee

By: - July 27, 2021

On July 16, a Texas federal judge ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program was illegal, and although DACA recipients have learned to live with uncertainty, many were still heart broken. Nashville DACA recipient Nathalia Castro had to think carefully about  pursuing higher education, knowing that the DACA program still faces legal challenges. […]

Historic Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Metro Council wrangling continues over minority appointment to Fair Board

By: - July 21, 2021

On Tuesday night, two Metro Nashville Council Members  accused colleagues of pitting Black and Hispanic communities against each other as they argued over new appointees to the Fair Board Commission. As council members prepared to vote in Tracy Hardin, the vice president of construction company Don Hardin Group, to the Board of Fair Commissioners, members […]

A.J. Starling, secretary/treasurer of the Tennessee AFL/CIO, with a group of union members outside the Nashville offices of U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Union rally urges Blackburn, Hagerty to vote for PRO Act

By: - July 20, 2021

Workers and union leaders rallied in front of the offices of Tennessee’s U.S. senators on Tuesday, urging them to support working-class Americans by voting to provide protections for employees seeking to unionize.  With the Senate in session, neither Sen. Marsha Blackburn nor Sen. Bill Hagerty was on site but organizers held signs in front of […]

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Lawyer charges human trafficking played part in 16-year-old’s death on construction site

By: - July 19, 2021

A Nashville judge ruled that evidence of human trafficking would be allowed in the case of a 16-year-old who died in a construction-related accident in downtown Nashville last year.  Gustavo Ramirez had been working on a scaffold without a harness during construction of La Quinta Inn on Interstate Drive when he fell 120 feet to […]

Scrap autos. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

New law seeks to curb theft of catalytic converters

By: - July 16, 2021

John Baldwin often exercised on Beaman Park Trail until one afternoon, when after a 30-minute hike and driving home, he realized there was something wrong with his Toyota Tacoma. “It was this horrible sound that he had never heard before,” said Kim Baldwin, his wife.  After a consequent call to a tow service, the driver […]

Gov. Bill Lee at a plant dedication Humboldt, Tennessee in March, pictured with plant workers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Critical care doctors want DOJ investigation into Lee following Fiscus firing

By: - July 14, 2021

COVID-19 deaths are now preventable, and Gov. Bill Lee should be held accountable for politicizing the pandemic, said a coalition of physicians battling the virus on the frontlines.  On Wednesday, Dr. Jason Martin, a  critical care pulmonologist, and other health professionals called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Lee after recent political moves […]

Long-time racer Ronnie Campbell takes his car for a drive on the Fairgrounds Speedway. Photo: John Partipilo)

Survey from Nashville community group details concerns about Fairgrounds track

By: - July 14, 2021

A community engagement group figured people living near the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway had something to say about NASCAR racing returning to the track, and they were correct.  On Tuesday, Stand Up Nashville (SUN) representatives presented results from a recent survey to the Board of Fair Commissioners meeting, detailing local resident’s concerns.  In March, Metro Nashville […]

Senate Minority Leader Raumesh Akbari, left, and House Minority Leader Karen Camper, right. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Camper leads minority legislator roundtable

By: - July 13, 2021

In an era of rising voter suppression, Black Democratic leaders discussed on Monday their roles as double minority legislators in Republican-majority states.  Black legislative leaders held a roundtable discussion as part of the Southern Legislative Conference, which is being held in Nashville this week. Rep. Karen D. Camper of Memphis, Tennessee House Democratic Caucus leader […]

The Memphis Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board at an Aug. 2020 meeting. (Photo: Facebook)

Memphis citizen review board upholds assault complaint against police officer

By: - July 12, 2021

Kleston Beverly of Memphis was sitting in his vehicle when he was suddenly forcibly thrown out onto the ground, surrounded by police officers in riot gear.  On Thursday, he entered a formal complaint against officer Kerry Moody in front of Memphis’ Civilian Law Enforcement Review (CLERB) Board, an 13-person independent agency tasked with investigating allegations […]

(Photo: John Partipilo)

Refugee arrivals in Tennessee drop to historic low in 2020

By: - July 8, 2021

As a former child soldier, Gatluak Thach was granted refugee status and moved to Nashville in 1996 to start a new life. Efforts to teach his wife and the nearby community English eventually led to Thach founding the Nashville Center for Empowerment, but over the last few years, Thach noticed a significant decrease in the number […]

Memphis residents pushed back against the Byhalia Pipeline project. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Lookout in Brief: Byhalia Pipeline halted but Memphis Council still pushes protective legislation

By: - July 7, 2021

The Byhalia Connection pipeline project has been abandoned by its developers but Memphis council members continue to push legislation to protect the Memphis Sand Aquifer. On Tuesday, an ordinance for protecting Shelby County’s natural water source was up for a final reading, but was withdrawn. In its place, councilmember JB Smiley introduced a substitute aquifer […]

(Photo taken Feb. 3, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee, by Karen Pulfer Focht.)

As permitless gun carry law takes effect, some Second Amendment advocates urge continued training

By: - July 1, 2021

Even some Tennessee gun enthusiasts are hard-pressed to say that the state’s controversial new permitless gun carry law won’t have negative effects.  Starting today, permits will no longer be required to carry a handgun publicly in Tennessee, nor will new gun owners be required to take training. But that’s not to say gun owners shouldn’t […]