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.

Inside Plaza Mariachi, the Ramirez are masked up and looking at the iPhone for events going on at the Plaza. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville extends COVID-19 outreach to new Americans

By: - December 22, 2020

Amid concerns that COVID-19 outreach would be halted to immigrant communities, Metro officials say services will be extended into 2021 while funds last.  “[Metro Council] decided to allow Metro to continue to fund the COVID-19- related expenditures beyond Dec. 30, the end of the CARES Act funding. We expect to continue this route as long […]

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Tennessee environmental groups, Cooper, release climate change report

By: - December 21, 2020

A report released by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in collaboration with Tennessee climate-advocacy groups details the long-terms effects unchecked global warming will have on Tennesseans.  On Nov. 4, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, a unified effort from participating nations that focuses on mitigating the effects of greenhouse gas […]

Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 7 - Mayor John Cooper tours COVID-19 assessment centers in Davidson County. (Photo:

Community mistrust of COVID-19 vaccine challenges health care officials

By: - December 18, 2020

For many Tennesseans, the COVID-19 vaccine is a one-size-fits-all solution to returning to pre-pandemic normalcy, but for Black and immigrant Tennesseans, the trials and pending vaccinations are exposing long-standing health inequities in minority communities. The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Tennessee and is being distributed to health care workers first. It’s expected  to become available […]

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Data shows pandemic anxiety and depression impacts children as well as parents

By: - December 16, 2020

Recent data showed that parents are experiencing high levels of anxiety and depression, which will ultimately impact children as well, according to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY).  The U.S. Census Bureau has been collecting information on households with children since the start of the pandemic, and over the summer Tennessee ranked second […]

Protesters in front of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexanders offices on West End in 2017. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Biden election gives hope for DACA, immigrant rights organizations

By: - December 14, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s election win renewed hope for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA,) but advocates with immigrant-rights organizations say there will still be many challenges in the next few months.  During President Donald Trump’s tenure, DACA applications were closed as the administration sought to roll back the program. Although limited in its […]

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper campaigning at Cathedral of Praise in North Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Cooper passes Nashville flood prevention bill

By: - December 14, 2020

In 2010, Tennessee experienced a devastating flood, and Friday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Cooper to prevent future flooding in Nashville.  “A decade ago, all of Nashville – East, West, South, and North Nashville – suffered a devastating flood, costing more than two dozen lives and billions of […]

West Tennessee housing attorney says eviction wave could start as early as Jan. 4

By: - December 10, 2020

A West Tennessee housing attorney painted a grim picture of a coming wave of evictions in Tennessee when the federal moratorium on evictions ends Dec. 31. “I’m really scared about how many people are going to end up on the streets.” said Vanessa Bullock, a housing managing attorney at West Tennessee Legal Services. Bullock said […]

One of many Facebook pages advertising sale of Teacup Yorkshire terriers.

Fake COVID-19 cures, money mules and puppies: Scams on the rise

By: - December 10, 2020

With a pandemic raging on and many folks working from home, it’s never been a better time to introduce a furry friend into the family, but the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns that scammers have adapted to the pandemic as well. Like many Americans this year, Kati Rager, 32, hoped to find a puppy to […]

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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 […]