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 Schools in Memphis, Tennessee on September 15, 2021. Kingsbury Middle School in Berclair neighborhood of Memphis. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Germantown schools takeover advances in Tennessee House

By: - April 27, 2022

On Tuesday, a controversial bill allowing Germantown to take over Shelby County schools in their district was amended to include tighter restrictions if both parties were unable to reach an agreement by next year. On April 4, HB2430 passed despite outcries from Memphis Democrats that forcing Shelby County schools to cede four properties to Germantown […]

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Murfreesboro mortuary settles suit in corpse “abuse” case

By: - April 20, 2022

A Murfreesboro funeral home named in a federal lawsuit for allegedly abusing the bodies of deceased immigrants has settled with the victim’s family.  On April 6, Nelson and Sons Memorial Chapel settled with the family of Freddy Aroldo Cristotomo, who died in October 2019. Nelson was one of five funeral homes named by multiple families […]

Nick Fielder holds a topographical map of the Sneed Road area in dispute. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Land use dispute pits prominent Nashville family against conservation group

By: - April 19, 2022

Thousands of years ago, Native Americans, wild animals and later,early white settlers traveled along the Natchez Trace, on what is now Vaughn Road in Williamson County.  Around the corner lies Sneed Road, where Native Americans once settled alongside the Harpeth River, building their villages and homes on higher plains to avoid flooding, and burying their […]

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Tennessee House passes CROWN Act

By: - April 18, 2022

On Monday, the Tennessee House passed a bill banning race-based discrimination at work, preventing employers from discriminating against hairstyles belonging to an employee’s ethnic group.  The CROWN Act, as known as the Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act, is a nationwide movement to prevent employers and schools from using hair discrimination […]

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Senate passes two bills aimed at transgender athletes

By: - April 11, 2022

The state Senate passed two bills targetting LGBTQ youth in sports, despite concerns voiced by some lawmakers on the negative impacts for LGBTQ children.  On Monday, senators voted in favor of passing SB1861 and SB2153, both bills that prohibit trans athletes from participating in women’s sports. SB2153, sponsored by Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, prohibits males […]

Rep. Dan Howell, R-Cleveland, addresses his bill on Wednesday. Screenshot from House Finance, Ways and Means Committee.

Tennessee House bill seeks to gather information on immigrant children

By: - April 7, 2022

A bill seeking to gather identifying information on unaccompanied migrant children was placed on the state budget for review, despite reservations from legislators as to who would have access to the information.   On Tuesday, Rep. Dan Howell, R-Cleveland, introduced to the House Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee a bill to require organizations housing migrant children […]

A view of the Duck River, Tennessee longest river, from Old Stone Fort in Manchester. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation keeps Duck River withdrawal limits

By: - April 5, 2022

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has agreed to keep water withdrawal limitations intact to protect the Duck River, denying an appeal from Marshall County to drop limits. The Duck River, which is the longest river to be entirely contained in Tennessee, is also one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America. […]

TVA Norris Dam in Anderson County (Photo: TVA website)

Southern Environmental Law Center slams TVA with suit

By: - April 1, 2022

The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority after its public records requests for contracts with methane-gas companies were met with heavily redacted records.  In 2019, TVA, which produces electricity for nearly 10 million people across the Southeast,  announced their plans to possibly retire several coal-fired plants throughout Tennessee […]

Paul Kline of Memphis gestures to attendees as he speaks before the House Commerce Committee: "You owe your allegiance to these people," he told lawmakers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee House Commerce Committee passes amended pipeline bill

By: - March 29, 2022

The House Commerce Committee passed a controversial energy infrastructure preemption bill that removes local control from communities, but with amendments proposed by environmental and community organizers.  On Tuesday, committee members passed HB2246  to allow exceptions for local zoning codes and local actions that are state authorized, among other tweaks that have loosened the bill. According […]

The Vasco A. Smith Jr. Administration Building (rt) in where Shelby County Commissioners Meet on March 3, 2022 in downtown Memphis, Tennessee (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby County Commission approves $28 million for juvenile correction center

By: - March 29, 2022

The Shelby County Commission voted to award funds for the restoration of a defunct correctional facility set to house the county’s juvenile offenders, despite concerns from critics advocating for supportive programs to keep youths out of jail.  Since 2012, Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Courts have faced increasing scrutiny for failing to protect the constitutional […]

A pumping station in Dickson County at the site of a 1992 gas line rupture. (Photo: John Partipilo

Tennessee Senate passes bill to preempt local laws on oil and gas pipelines

By: - March 25, 2022

The Tennessee Senate passed a controversial pipeline preemption bill on Thursday in spite of concerns about the effect oil and gas pipelines could have on personal property and drinking water. Before passage, Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, sponsor of SB2077, amended the bill to allow for wellhead protections and to align with its House counterpart. Critics […]

Rep. Kevin Vaughan, R-Collierville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Vaughan pipeline bill is delayed in committee

By: - March 22, 2022

An energy infrastructure preemption bill was delayed by the House Commerce Committee until next week, citing time constraints to debate a bill that has attracted statewide controversy. Dozens of  environmental justice activists traveled from across the state to protest and speak against HB2246 in person, calling it a move against the local liberties of Tennessee […]