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.

Room in the inn: Afghan-American residents of Nashville, photographed in 2021 during a rally to support the resettlement of Afghan refugees in the area. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Middle Tennessee groups prepare for Afghan refugee arrivals

By: - October 25, 2021

Middle Tennessee refugee resettlement programs need all the help they can get to properly welcome Afghan refugees coming to Nashville At least 300 Afghan refugees will arrive at the Nashville International airport in the next few months and several nonprofit organizations—United Way of Greater Nashville, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, the Nashville International Center for Empowerment […]

Jasmine Worles (right) discusses pregnancy concerns with her doula Miajenell Peake at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee on January 24, 2021. As a doula, Miajenell will support Jasmine with many aspects of her pregnancy and after delivery. ( © Karen Pulfer Focht)

Metro Nashville Health gains grant to train doulas

By: - October 19, 2021

The Metro Nashville Public Health Department will soon be seeking recruits for a federally-funded program aimed at creating additional support for expectant mothers in low-income areas.  On Tuesday, Metro Health announced they have received $125,000 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund a project aimed at recruiting and training doulas to […]

"Do masks work or don't they? questioned Rep. Vincent Dixie, D-Nashville, seeking clarification from GOP Rep. Bruce Griffey. Photo: John Partipilo)Rep. Vincent Dixie, photographed in the Cordell Hull Legislative Building in March 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Dixie: Special legislative session should assess West Tennessee infrastructure

By: - October 18, 2021

Rep. Vincent Dixie, D-Nashville, spoke with a civil-rights group Monday morning  about what to expect at Gov. Bill Lee’s special session discussing the Ford Motor Company manufacturing campus headed to West Tennessee.  The Urban League of Middle Tennessee, a non-partisan civil-rights group, asked Dixie, D-Nashville, about his goals to use the deal in an effort […]

(Photo: Memphis Police Department Facebook page)

Memphis civilian law enforcement group upholds police punishment

By: - October 15, 2021

A Memphis resident testified before city officials about the strange circumstances surrounding a police visit to her home.   Members of the Memphis Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) meet on a monthly basis to make judgements on alleged cases of police brutality, and on Thursday, they received the case of Anita Hill and the events […]

A map and key from the U.S. Census Bureau showing the population of Black residents in Tennessee's counties. (U.S. Census Bureau)

Civil rights groups work to prevent further gerrymandering

By: - October 14, 2021

As Tennessee lawmakers prepare to redraw districts, civil rights organizations are working to prevent further gerrymandering ahead of statewide elections.  The Tennessee Legislature and municipal officials are currently redrawing congressional and state district maps based on data from the 2020 U.S. Census, which was released in August 2021, and are set to complete their work […]

Gallatin's Main Street Festival. (Photo: Greater Gallatin, Inc.)

Two festival seasons in, pandemic taxes planners and vendors

By: - October 11, 2021

Life has been rough the past 18 months for Tennesseans who make their living through the state’s tourism and festival industry.  Ruth Rico has made a name for herself selling Colombian cuisine from her food truck Delicias Colombianas throughout Nashville’s festival season, normally lasting from spring to fall. But over the last year and a […]

‘This is injustice’: Dickerson Pike mobile home tenants fight eviction

By: - October 8, 2021

Juana Cecilia has lived on Dickerson Pike for 17 years but faces losing her home after developers took an interest in her trailer park neighborhood.   In June, she and 19 other families received eviction notices giving them less than two months to find a new home.  They later learned that their neighborhood was being sold […]

Shelby County Courthouse. (Photo:

After a school shooting, Shelby County weighs strengthening early childhood education

By: - October 7, 2021

A week after a school shooting critically injured one student at a K-8 school, Shelby County officials on Wednesday debated directing more resources into early childhood education, with one resolution focused violence prevention measures. Members of the education committee of the Shelby County Commission recommended approval of a $500,000 contract with Porter-Leath, a historic Memphis […]

A 2019 Memphis City Council meeting. (Photo: City of Memphis)

Memphis Sand Aquifer, Memphis’ source of drinking water, at center of growing number of disputes

By: - October 6, 2021

The Memphis Sand Aquifer, the primary source of drinking water for Shelby County residents, is the subject of a growing number of disputes. Memphis City Councilmembers on Tuesday clashed with Tennessee Valley Authority representatives over plans to relocate coal ash to a local landfill over fears it could contaminate the aquifer. The Southern Environmental Law […]

Throughout the pandemic, families have turned to food banks for help. In this picture, food is distributed in North Nashville in fall 2020. (Photo by John Partipilo

Federal Child Tax Credit program boosts thousands in Tennessee

By: - September 30, 2021

While Jessica Crumbley was able to keep her job as assistant manager at Dollar General in Loudon throughout the pandemic, her wages barely kept her disabled husband and three children afloat. Any financial hiccup could be enough to destabilize her family, and in July, Crumbley quarantined from COVID-19 without knowing if her job would pay […]

As federal protections have ended, Memphis evictions have soared

By: - September 28, 2021

To Cindy Ettingoff, executive officer at the Memphis-Area Legal Services, a pandemic and rising evictions often mix chaotically in courtrooms. At Shelby County General Sessions Civil Court, dockets were restricted to 50 cases to allow for safe social distancing early in the pandemic, but a growing backlog of eviction cases bumped the number to 100 […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby Count calls for DOJ oversight of juvenile courts

By: - September 27, 2021

On Monday, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee the county’s juvenile detention centers after reports of racial disparities. According to the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission, violent crime rates overall have risen by 12.1% in comparison to previous years. Violent juvenile charges have decreased […]