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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.

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 […]

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Vanderbilt seeks Latino families for study on intersection between autism and music

By: - November 9, 2020

Vanderbilt researchers are seeking Latino families to learn more about COVID-19’s effects on family relations and how music plays a part in the development of young children, especially those on the autism spectrum.  COVID-19 created a unique situation for families having to deal with quarantine, and researchers believe music has been a successful coping mechanism. […]

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, Mary Coplen, William Edmonson's grand-niece, and Mayor John Cooper on Nov. 7 unveiling.

Once almost forgotten, Black artist given historic marker

By: - November 9, 2020

A Tennessee artist largely ignored in his own neighborhood now has a historical marker to solidify his legacy.  William Edmondson, the first Black artist to have his own exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), was commemorated Saturday with a historical marker near the corner of 14th Avenue, S. and Wade Avenue in Edgehill. […]

Family members of Pervis Payne were in attendance during a meeting led by the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday Aug. 31, 2020. The group gathered to ask for DNA testing in the death penalty case of Pervis Payne. Payne is a black man with an intellectual disability who was convicted of killing a white woman and her daughter in Millington, Tennessee. He is scheduled to be executed Dec. 3rd, 2020. His sister Rolanda Holman is at left, his father Elder Carl Payne (center) ( photo by © Karen Pulfer Focht)

Black caucus files bill on behalf of Pervis Payne

By: - November 5, 2020

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators (TBCSL) will file a bill to consider inmates diagnosed with intellectual disabilities ineligible for death row.  The State General Assembly goes back into session on Jan. 12, but advocates for Death Row inmate Pervis Payne hope a decision is made on his behalf well before Payne’s scheduled execution […]

A large group of people wait in line to early vote at the Howard Building before Polls opened at 8:00am.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Live Election Coverage 2020

By: , , and - November 3, 2020

Join the staff of the Tennessee Lookout as we bring you coverage throughout Election Day 2020 of the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Marquita Bradshaw and Republican Bill Hagerty, as well as state house and senate races.

Early voter Lanna Williams, wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt, waits in line to vote with others at the Howard School in Nashville. Apparel with slogans not identified with a particular candidate or political party are permitted while voting. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Voter suppression tactics keep Tennessee at bottom of states for voting

By: - November 3, 2020

Tennessee hasn’t experienced widespread voter intimidation but voter suppression tactics are rampant, said a Nashville voting rights advocate and congressional staffer. Lisa Quigley, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, said there have been no reports of voter intimidation during early voting in Tennessee, but suppressive state voting laws play a key role […]

Dr. Alex Jahangir, Chair of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force, spends time at the OEM and Nissan Corona 19 testing site. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Nashville COVID-19 cases rise as activities move indoors

By: - October 30, 2020

As COVID cases continue to rise, clusters are primarily happening in households and workplaces, said Dr. Alex Jahangir at Fabian Bedne’s press conference.  Bedne, a staff members for Mayor John Cooper, holds a weekly conference for Spanish language speakers. The pandemic situation in Nashville is going from bad to worse, said Bedne. Hospitals’ capacity has […]