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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.

Shelby County Sherriff's Department badge. (Photo: SCSD Facebook)

Memphis commissioner questions jail “virtual visit” charges

By: - April 26, 2021

Shelby County’s contract with a prison telecom company was supposed to allow jail inmates to have contact with loved ones, but instead those loved ones are being used for profit, said Commissioner Tami Sawyer. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will vote Monday on amending the county’s current contract with Global Tel Link (GTL), which […]

Members of the Franklin Justice & Equity Coalition at a 2020 event. (Photo: FJEC Facebook)

Franklin group to mark Juneteenth with first-time public ceremony

By: - April 23, 2021

The Franklin Justice & Equity Coalition (FJEC) and the Fuller Story announced their plans Tuesday to commemorate Juneteenth with a ceremony and a bronze statue of a U.S. Colored Troops soldier in front of Franklin’s Historic Courthouse. In collaboration with the Civil War Commission and the Battle of Franklin Trust, the group will hold a […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby County adds mental health training for firefighters

By: - April 22, 2021

On Wednesday, Shelby County Commissioners voted 10-0 on a resolution creating a partnership between the Shelby County Fire Department and Alliance Healthcare Services.  Through the agreement, Shelby County firefighters will be trained to respond and transport individuals suffering from mental health crises to the appropriate facilities to get help. Commissioner David Bradford, the sponsor of […]

A 2018 photo from a TIRRC demonstration. (Photo: Jon Dragonette/TIRRC Facebook)

TIRRC pushes Congress to create easier path to citizenship

By: - April 21, 2021

Immigrants and new Americans made up a large portion of essential workers during the pandemic, and Tennessee immigrant advocates joined a nationwide effort urging Congress to create an easier path to citizenship. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) held a rally Tuesday night to call on representatives and senators to promote the interests of […]

Metro Nashville Police Chief Diversity Officer Capt. Carlos Lara reads to students at Stratford Elementary School on March 24. (Photo: MNPD)

Nashville Police diversity chief discusses outreach efforts

By: - April 16, 2021

In 2005, Capt. Carlos Lara arrived in Nashville just in time to witness how the city coped with a new  wave of immigrants, and although he didn’t know it at the time, Lara would use his early experiences to become Metro Nashville Police Department’s first Latino Captain and chief diversity officer. Born and raised in […]

Rev. William Barber (Photo: Getty Images)

Memphis minister joins national group calling for end to filibuster

By: - April 15, 2021

A Memphis pastor joined other Christian leaders from across the nation on Thursday to call for a reform of filibuster tactics that could prevent an upcoming voting rights bill aimed at voter suppression legislation. Rev. J. Lawrence Turner, pastor at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, joined Bishop William J. Barber II and the […]

Casa Azafran. (Photo: Casa Azafran)

Hispanic leaders develop resources to help businesses

By: - April 14, 2021

Hispanic businesses are the backbone of society, and more needs to be done to protect them in times of crisis, said Hispanic leaders. On Tuesday night, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and two representatives from the Nashville-Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) held a roundtable discussion to talk about efforts to keep Hispanic businesses afloat […]

A mural on the wall outside Workers' Dignity's community center. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman/Tennessee Lookout)

Grassroots groups weigh in on Nashville Budget

By: - April 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused long-simmering socio-economic problems to surface for Nashvillians, and activists are asking Metro’s upcoming budget to reflect much needed infrastructure.  On Friday, representatives from Workers Dignity, Black Nashville Assembly, Nashville People’s Budget Coalition and others offered grades on a wide variety of city services to show city officials what they want emphasized […]

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

The Byhalia Pipeline: What you need to know

By: - April 9, 2021

In Memphis, the Byhalia Pipeline has been controversial since it was proposed in 2019. Criticis say that it would cause an environmental disaster for some Shelby County residents. The joint venture operation between Texas-based  Plains All American Pipeline and Valero Energy Corporation plans to build a 49-mile route between the Valero Memphis Refinery and the […]

Councilmember Sandra Sepulveda, a critic of LPRs, called passage of legislation to permit the technology "irresponsible." (Photo: John Partipilo)

Sepulveda navigates politics as Nashville’s only Latina council member

By: - April 7, 2021

When Sandra Sepulveda started her campaign for Metro Nashville Council as a young Latina woman, she was told she needed to be a “white woman’s pet” to get elected into office, or else the political world would eat her alive.  She remembers those words vividly, but they only intensified her conviction to be the first […]

Rebecca Shin, far left, in traditional Korean dress, at a March 21 vigil in Nashville for victims killed in an Atlanta attack that targeted Asian women. (Photo: Submitted)

Nashville’s Asian-American leaders push back on racism and violence

By: - April 2, 2021

As hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen, Rabecca (Hee Kyung) Shin has spent the last few months helping members of her community mourn. One morning, Shin received a call from a worried mother in South Korea looking for her 29-year-old daughter living in Nashville. The mother reported that her daughter had sold all her […]

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Alcoa City Schools joins lawsuit against e-cigarette makers

By: - March 31, 2021

An East Tennessee small town school district has grown so frustrated with the growing epidemic of vaping among their students that officials decided to sue the e-cigarette manufacturers.  Officials with Alcoa City School in Blount County said the vaping epidemic had reached their 2,095 students to the extent that they were now hiring monitors to […]