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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.

Omar Sharif and wife Dina Elrifai proudly hold up their first vaccination cards. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville sets up pop-up clinics to create vaccine equity

By: - March 29, 2021

Like many Nashvillians, Elizabeth Almarez, 27, was eager for life to get back to normal, so she went to Casa Azafran for her first COVID-19 vaccine shot. Despite not having had vaccinations since she was a child, she wanted to reassure fellow members of the immigrant community that the COVID-19 one  didn’t hurt and wanted […]

An apartment building under construction on McEwen Drive in Franklin. (Photo: staff)

Affordable housing needs in Franklin complicated by potential moratorium on apartments

By: - March 26, 2021

Once a sleepy farm town south of the Tennessee capital, Franklin has long since become known not only for its exquisitely renovated historic homes and charming Main Street, but for boasting high-priced real estate in the state’s most affluent county.  So it wasn’t surprising when a recent public discussion about placing a moratorium on construction […]

The exterior of Saddler Funeral Home in Lebanon, one of two funeral homes at which Reid Van Ness was storing bodies he had promised to send to other countries. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee officials warn funeral businesses about unlicensed director

By: - March 23, 2021

Tennessee officials have issued a warning to funeral businesses about working with an unlicensed, ex-funeral director after a series of scandals, including the negligent storage of bodies. Reid Van Ness surrendered his license as a funeral director and embalmer in March 2020 after state officials found that at least 10 bodies he was paid to […]

A map of the proposed Byhalia Pipeline with new routes in yellow. (Map: Byhalia Connection)

Shelby County Commission shoots down Byhalia land sale

By: - March 22, 2021

In Memphis Monday, the Shelby County Commission shot down the sale of South Memphis two lots to the joint venture behind construction of the controversial Byhalia Pipeline.  Shelby County acquired the two lots through delinquent taxes, and approval of the resolution would have allowed Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline and Valero Energy Corporation to purchase […]

Metro Nashville Chief of Police John Drake, seen here speaking an August 2020 protest rally in Legislative Plaza. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

NOAH calls out Metro Nashville Police for use of excessive force

By: - March 19, 2021

This story has been updated. Members of a prominent Nashville community organization say that the Metro Nashville Police Department has continued to use excessive force and failed to comply with de-escalation tactics, leading to two recent shootings, one fatal. Nashville Organized For Action and Hope (NOAH) held a press conference on Thursday to protest what […]

Fathers get ready to compete in the baby race at a shower hosted at Nashville's Cathedral of Praise by Meharry Medical College. The man who dressed the baby first won a prize. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Lamar and Tennessee women’s groups work to improve Black maternal health outcomes

By: - March 17, 2021

By 2019, Rep. London Lamar had seen a cousin die as a result of complications during childbirth. She had advocated on behalf of better supports for women during pregnancy. And she had suffered her own devastating late-term pregnancy loss. Lamar, a Memphis Democrat who is Black, cited those experiences in introducing a resolution recognizing the […]

Nia Adeogun talks during the March Conversationalist series sponsored by Millions of Conversations. (Screen grab from event, March 11, 2021.)

Teens talk political polarization

By: - March 12, 2021

Allie Bailey, called her home in Scott County on the Cumberland Plateau the “reddest part of the state” and said kids there are raised to be rooted in honoring their parents, community and the Bible.  One of her high school classmates, Amelia Terry, added the many residents of the area don’t handle change well.  Bailey […]

Vanderbilt University student Jacob Yousief, 21, tinkers with one of his several cars. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Street racing to NASCAR’s renewal: Middle Tennessee enthusiasm for auto sports gets rejuvenated

By: - March 8, 2021

As a Vanderbilt University student studying economics, Jacob Yousief, 21, had very little time for other activities until a fateful 2019 car crash that ended up totaling his Toyota Corolla.  While trying to figure out insurance hassles, Yousief’s buddy enticed him into a risky proposition: get an exotic car for cheap at an auction, he […]

A construction worker walks past a sign the reads "Please wash your hands for at least 25 seconds" at a construction site. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nashville leaders and organizers call for changes to construction safety

By: - March 3, 2021

Workers-rights advocates will file a bill to hold contractors accountable for incidents that have resulted in Nashville being named one of the most dangerous cities in the South for construction workers. On Tuesday, several Metro council members and community leaders held a press conference to address allegations of unsafe and unhygienic construction sites that have […]

Kwame Leo Lillard in front of the Freedom Riders mural on Jefferson Street in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville’s Freedom Riders: HBCU students risked all to end segregation

By: , and - March 2, 2021

On Feb. 27, 1960, John Lewis, then a student at American Baptist College, joined other college students in Nashville as they sat down at the “whites only’’ lunch counter at Woolworth’s in the heart of downtown to begin their work integrating the city’s stores. Students at HBCUs, including Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Meharry Medical […]

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El Estado de Tennessee investigará nuevas acusaciones contra un director de funerarias que continúa explotando a la familias inmigrantes

By: - February 25, 2021

Director de funerales y embalsamador de Tennessee entrega sus licencias a principios de 2020 después de no haber devuelto los cuerpos a México, Honduras y Guatemala para su respectivo funerales, aun así siguió ofreciendo servicios funerarios a comunidades de inmigrantes y a descuidado nuevamente, en al menos un caso reciente, la  entregar de los restos […]

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State to investigate new allegations that Tennessee funeral director continues to exploit grieving immigrant families

By: and - February 25, 2021

A Tennessee funeral director and embalmer who surrendered his licenses early in 2020 after he failed to return bodies to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala for burials has continued to offer funeral services in immigrant communities — and, in at least one recent instance, neglected for months to deliver remains to a grieving family. Roommates and […]