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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.

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Symphony agrees to provide furloughed musicians with stipend

By: - December 9, 2020

In June, orchestral musicians learned they were furloughed from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra until mid-2021, but after months-long negotiations, the board of the organization has agreed to provide them with a stipend starting Jan. 3, 2021.  “This agreement represents a vital first step in bringing the Nashville Symphony back from one of the most monumental […]

A group from Elmahaba Center holding a voter registration drive in September. The center has hosted mayoral forums and urged census participation as well as sharing information about COVID-19. (Photo: Elmahaba Facebook)

Nashville immigrant groups create social media platforms for sharing COVID-19 information

By: - December 8, 2020

Nashville has a thriving immigrant community with residents speaking more than 130 languages. But that same diversity created challenges for Metro Nashville government officials when the COVID-19 pandemic reached Tennessee in March.  Several of Nashville’s established immigrant communities either already had social media platforms or were in the process of developing outlets to be able […]

Sickle cell anaemia. Artwork showing normal red blood cells (round), and red blood cells affected by sickle cell anaemia (crescent shaped). This is a disease in which the red blood cells contain an abnormal form of haemoglobin (bloods oxygen-carrying pigment) that causes the blood cells to become sickle-shaped, rather than round. Sickle cells cannot move through small blood vessels as easily as normal cells and so can cause blockages (right). This prevents oxygen from reaching the tissues, causing severe pain and organ damage. (Photo: Getty Images)

Forum addresses worries about COVID-19 effects on rare diseases

By: - December 7, 2020

Rep. Harold Love, D-Nashville, said worries in the Black community about COVID-19 haven’t been only about the virus itself, but also about the effects it could have on patients with diseases like sickle cell disease.  Love was one of several community leaders addressing the effect of COVID-19 in the Black community at a Saturday forum […]

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Tax expert gives guidance on 2021 returns for small businesses with pandemic support

By: - December 4, 2020

Citizens that haven’t received their federal stimulus check or missed the November deadline to apply can still declare it on their taxes for next year, tax expert Amy Paz said today. Paz spoke at a weekly press conference held by Fabian Bedne, who works on the staff of Nashville Mayor John Cooper. Bedne targets his […]

Maria Hernandez at Davidson County General Sessions Court in November, waiting to see if she can work out a deal with her landlord to stay in her apartment. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Immigrants face unique challenges in staving off evictions

By: - December 2, 2020

For Maria Hernandez, 36, this has been a stressful year. Her husband was deported in February due to domestic abuse and although it was for the best, she hasn’t recovered financially. After months of trying to find work in a pandemic, Hernandez and her six children were about to be evicted, despite a national moratorium […]

London Moore, 6, at of Historic First Community Church in Nashville. (Photo by John Partipilo)

Nashville nonprofits find creative ways to meet demand for Thanksgiving

By: - November 25, 2020

As the pandemic continues into its eighth month, Middle Tennessee charities have had to restructure themselves to keep up with the increasing demand, and for Thanksgiving they’re busier than ever.  “What feels more like a recession time is what we’re currently dealing with, this sort of prolonged time of need, versus right after the tornado. […]

Maria Hernandez waits in the hallway of the A.A. Birch Building outside General Sessions Court to find out if she will get financial help to stall her eviction. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville nonprofit works to stave off flood of evictions

By: - November 23, 2020

Faith Klein started a Monday morning by listening to a client who lost a six-figure job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was now on the verge of eviction. As a medical technician, the man was immuno-compromised and couldn’t risk catching the novel coronavirus through his work. He asked for leave but was fired.  […]

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berkeleys (Photo: Chattanooga.gov)

Berke tells League of Cities COVID-19 worsens education inequality

By: - November 21, 2020

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke told city leaders from across the country how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected minority communities and created a growing education inequality.  On Friday, Berke met with members of the National League of Cities to discuss the pandemic-related crisis associated with employment, housing and neighborhood design. “The pandemic didn’t create inequality in American […]

Nashville Farmers Market (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Metro Council approves $500,000 for Farmers Market

By: - November 18, 2020

Metro Council approved $500,000 in rent relief to vendors at the Nashville Farmers Market, despite reservations from several council members.  The bill was previously deferred due to conflicts with U.S. Treasury guidelines, which would have considered the funds as unlawful revenue replacement, according to Councilmember Sandra Sepulveda, one of three sponsors. Council made the decision […]

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Defunct HOA leaves South Nashville neighborhood in quandary with TDOT

By: - November 16, 2020

Homeowners associations are typically associated with suburbia, but they play critical roles in the city neighborhoods as well, as residents of a Nashville community found out in recent years.  While the role of an HOA  is to keep land value up, it serves many other purposes. More people moving to  Nashville necessitates road-widening projects, and […]

Raul Lopez, head of the conservative group Latinos for Tennessee: "We should find a system that doesn't reward illegal immigration."(Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee group advocates for conservative Latino voters

By: - November 12, 2020

Latino voters have historically leaned Democratic, but more Latinos than ever voted Republican in the 2020 election and showed they can’t be taken for granted by either political party. The Latino vote provided decisive leads. In Florida, Latinos cast votes for President Donald Trump. In Arizona, they helped decide the election for President-elect Joe Biden. […]

Jerome Hardaway, U.S. Air Force veteran and founder of Vets Who Code (Photo: Facebook)

Tennessee non-profit teaches veterans to make a living in civilian life

By: - November 11, 2020

At one point in his life, Jerome Hardaway was just a veteran trying to get back into civilian life. Today he runs a successful nonprofit teaching other vets to compete in a modern world. Launched in 2014, Vets Who Code is a nonprofit that teaches veterans technical skills to earn a stable income in the […]