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.

Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 22 - Belmont University, site of the second 2020 presidential debate. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

“Save Watkins” loses suit against Belmont

By: - October 29, 2020

A Nashville  judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by activists who challenged the takeover of Watkins College of Art by Belmont University.   “Save Watkins” plaintiff Mark Schlicher said the group is still considering whether or not to fight the decision.   “We are keeping our options open as we consult with each other and our attorneys, […]

Voters stand in line on the first day of early voting in Nashville at Casa Azafran. (Photo: John Partipilo)

First time immigrant voters take pride in making their voices heard

By: - October 28, 2020

On a rainy Saturday morning, when others slept warm and dry at home, dozens of people stood drenched and cold outside Casa Azafran waiting for their turn to vote. Although very few brought umbrellas, they held their resilience against the rain on their shoulders to participate in this civic duty.   For the 2020 presidential elections, […]

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Cooper tells NOAH no funds for criminal reform

By: - October 26, 2020

Mayor John Cooper told a group of Nashville community leaders Sunday the city does not have the funds to address criminal reform.  “I am sorry, and we would love to be able to do it but we have to accept that as a reality,” said Cooper. “The work is worthy, but we have to be able […]

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Nashville mayor’s representative urges early voting

By: - October 23, 2020

Although the lines continue to be long at many early-voting locations right now, waiting until Election Day is a risky plan, said a staff member for Nashville Mayor John Cooper.  Rising COVID-19 cases and long lines for early voting may be turning away some potential voters, said Fabian Bedne in his weekly Spanish language press […]

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Immigrant communities suffer as funeral traditions upended in pandemic

By: - October 22, 2020

For many members of the immigrant community, sending the body of a loved one back to their native land is an important part of life in the U.S., but the pandemic has complicated an already complex procedure. COVID-19 has been affecting mortuary shipping services, and most international flights to and from the U.S. have been […]

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)

Towns to investigate Memphis poll worker incident

By: - October 21, 2020

Rep. Joe Towns Jr., D-Memphis, will investigate whether an incident in which “Black Lives Matter” voters were turned away from the polls was not an isolated incident. Friday a poll worker was fired after turning away voters who wore t-shirts linked to the recent protests. The fired worker thought the  slogans were tied to the […]

Inside the Williamson County AG Expo Center, usually reserved for fairs and rodeos, voters in line inch forward on Friday, the third day or early voting. (Photo: John Partipilo)

In conservative Williamson County, mixed political views emerge in early voting

By: - October 19, 2020

More than 270,000 residents voted early in Tennessee by Wednesday, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State, confirming a 91% increase of early-voting turnout compared to 2016. Conservative Williamson County is no different in terms of turnout than Davidson County, it’s more progressive neighbor. Although the lines were not as long as the first day […]

CARES Act grants now available for minority-owned businesses

By: - October 16, 2020

Government-sponsored business grants are now available through the CARES Act for minority entrepreneurs and will be awarded through a first-come-first-serve basis.  The Metropolitan Council of Nashville & Davidson County adopted Resolution RS2020-516 to distribute $2 million in CARES Act Funds to aid small businesses in Davidson County, according to Pathway Lending.  About 30 percent of […]

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Metro urges caution with traditional Halloween activities

By: - October 14, 2020

Metro public health officials have asked citizens to avoid activities at high risk for COVID-19 and to find alternative ways to participate in Halloween 2020.   According to CDC guidelines, many traditional Halloween activities are high-risk for spreading viruses, including trick-or-treating, crowded costume parties, indoor haunted houses, hayrides or tractor rides. Using alcohol or drugs can […]

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Think tank panel urges media to calm voters’ fears

By: - October 13, 2020

Voting-rights advocates are asking the media to settle absentee-voting fears in order to prepare voters for possible delays on Election Day.  Data collected by the voting-advocacy group Voting Rights Lab found that an overwhelming majority of people expect glitches in the 2020 cycle. “They already expressed a lack of faith in the final results,” said […]

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District 83 matchup features “one tough mother” against five term incumbent

By: - October 13, 2020

District 83’s House seat has long been held by incumbent Mark White, R-Memphis, but newcomer Jerri Green, Democrat, has some political insiders believing the seat could flip in a predominantly red area.  District 83, which comprises East Memphis, Germantown and a small part of Collierville, is described as “a community that is trending toward younger […]

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Be Better Belmont town hall urges school to cut ties from CoreCivic

By: - October 8, 2020

The for-profit prison system is akin to slavery, said a speaker Wednesday during the meeting of a Belmont University student group urging the school to cut ties with CoreCivic.  Be Better Belmont hosted a town hall meeting focused on the Nashville-based private correctional company and its financial contributions to Belmont University amid rising racial tensions […]