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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Rep. Cooper announces major early voting initiative

By: - October 7, 2020

In what a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, says may be the first of it’s kind nationally, Cooper is urging local voters to head to the polls early with 14 days of themed voting events featuring community groups and celebrities.  Cooper has long been a proponent of voting rights and VoteEarlyTN is the […]

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COVID-19 vaccine trials need immigrant and minority participants

By: - October 2, 2020

In preparation for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine trials, officials from Meharry Medical College (MMC) are urging participation from Middle Tennessee’s immigrant and minority communities.  In his Thursday press conference, Metro spokesperson Fabian Bedne urged minority groups to participate in the vaccine trials expected to start in October. For maximum efficiency, testing requires a diverse group […]

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Immigrant rights advocate Mohamed-Shukri Hassan discusses new role with Nashville government

By: - September 30, 2020

If the pandemic has done anything, it has shown how easily a crisis like COVID-19 can decimate the vulnerable, and Nashville’s growing immigrant community has been no exception. Hispanics and immigrants continue to make up the largest percentage of COVID cases in the area and have had few resources to alleviate the crisis.  “I think […]

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Middle Tennessee wedding industry adapts events for pandemic

By: - September 25, 2020

Hannah Tomlin Davies had largely remained optimistic about her upcoming wedding, but the day she picked up her wedding dress was the day Williamson County reported their first COVID-19 case, and the area’s wedding industry has struggled to stay afloat under strict pandemic regulations ever since.  In 2018, Davidson County alone hosted 5,618 marriages, according […]

Ballet Folklorico Sol de Mexico dancers Ruby Rodriguez, Maricruz Vilchis, Jose Luis Escoto and Alan Solis perform traditional dancing during Mexican Independence Day at Plaza Mariachi. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville celebrates El Dia de Independence

By: and - September 15, 2020

For many of Nashville’s citizens, Sept. 16 is a cause for celebration. Tennessee’s population has boomed over the last decade, with droves of immigrants seeking to build a new home far from their countries of origin. Following the 2009 bipartisan movement to shoot down an effort to make the city’s language “English Only,” immigrant communities […]

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Nashville prepares for Hispanic Heritage Month

By: - September 11, 2020

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, Nashville will conduct a series of ceremonies in collaboration with local immigrant-advocate groups and conclude with a limited festival Sunday.  Typically, Nashville celebrates Hispanic heritage festively, Nashville mayoral staff member Fabian Bedne said Thursday. Although the pandemic has disrupted many  annual large-scale celebrations, the city still plans on […]

Metro Nashville Police in riot gear stand on Lower Broadway during a recent Black Lives Matter protest. (Photo: Alex Kent)

NOAH protests highlights demand for change with Nashville police

By: - September 11, 2020

The recent case of mistaken identity in which members of the Metro Nashville Police Department raided the wrong apartment spurred a Thursday protest by a prominent Nashville community group. Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) held a press conference at MNPD headquarters to amplify the group’s call for immediate police reform. “It’s important to […]

Let a smile be your umbrella. Nashville School Board Member Berthena Nabaa-McKinney. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville career educator Nabaa-McKinney-McKinney acclimates to public life

By: - September 2, 2020

After the unexpected death of District 4 school board member Anna Shepherd, Berthena Nabaa-McKinney found herself in a difficult position.  She recalled Shepherd as a wonderful person and was in the middle of processing Shepherd’s death when she was asked about stepping into the vacancy on the school board.  Nabaa-McKinney didn’t think about the fact […]

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Nashville increases event capacity Sept. 1

By: - August 28, 2020

Starting next month, citizens will be allowed to host parties again, albeit at limited capacity and as long as people continue to socially distance, said Nashville Mayor’s staff member Fabian Bedne in his weekly Spanish-language press conference. Weddings, funerals and similar events will be permitted in event centers starting Sept. 1 at a maximum of […]

Time to fix the “crummy roads” at your favorite national parks

By: - August 28, 2020

The Great American Outdoors Act, which is estimated to bring millions to Tennessee in tourism means “there’s finally money to fix those crummy roads to your favorite public parks,” said one avid outdoorsman. Caleb Hemmer advocated for the bill, which passed both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support July 22. In April, he organized a […]

Migrant workers place stakes for tomato plants at a commercial farm in East Tennessee. (Photo: John Partipilo for the Tennessee Lookout)

Tennessee has little data on COVID-19 among agricultural migrant workers

By: - August 26, 2020

Months after COVID-19 outbreaks affected several commercial farms, the Tennessee Department of Health offered to test migrant workers on a volunteer basis, but existing preventative measures are not enforced and no data exists on whether this measure was enough to encourage the protection of migrant workers.  After several news reports about outbreaks in farms across […]

Fabian Bedne with Nashville Mayor John Cooper's office provides a Spanish language update on the city's COVID-19 response Aug. 18. (Photo:

Nashville to offer hotel vouchers to immigrant families with COVID-19 cases

By: - August 21, 2020

Clarification: Metro is still working on the details of distributing hotel vouchers and will base distributing on the need to provide someone a place to isolate, according to Metro Health Department spokesperson Brian Todd. A previous version of this story said the vouchers were currently being distributed. Hispanics continue to make up more than 19% […]