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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Late again, Tennessee finally distributes funds to feed hungry kids

By: - July 29, 2022

After months-long delays, state officials announced on Thursday that eligible families will finally be receiving funds from a federal summer food program to help with the rising cost of groceries. Summer Pandemic-EBT is an emergency program that originally rolled out with the 2020 CARES Act to assist families with meals after schools closed due to […]

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On the record with Metro Nashville Public Schools board candidates

By: - July 28, 2022

Davidson County is one of 59 Tennessee counties offering partisan school board elections for the first time after the legislature passed a bill to allow them during a 2021 special session.  As in other large counties, including Williamson and Knox, opposing candidates are in many races facing off over divisions created by school districts’ management […]

Franklin High School (Photo: Williamson County Schools)

In Tennessee’s first partisan school board elections, candidates in key races address issues

By: - July 18, 2022

In Williamson County, candidates are competing in hotly contested school board races, representing how divisive politics have become around teachers and students.  Last year, Gov. Bill Lee signed into law a bill allowing political parties to nominate candidates for school board races, which were previously nonpartisan elections. The bill followed a series of clashes between […]

South Main Street in Memphis with few tourists out and about. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Memphis Council approves taxpayer-backed investment in convention project; Mayor is not so sure

By: - July 15, 2022

After heated debate, the Memphis City Council passed a resolution agreeing to invest $200 million into the One Beale development — and back 100% of bonds incurred to pay for the project — in an effort to attract conventions to the city. But the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was reluctant to agree, leaving […]

Samantha McAlpine of Open Table Nashville administers a COVID test to a homeless man outside Green Street Church of Christ in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Gimme shelter: Nashville’s homeless have few options to escape from heat

By: - July 14, 2022

On a hot and humid Tuesday night, Samantha McAlpine made her daily rounds on Green Street, just south of downtown Nashville, offering food, water and relief to members of the local homeless community. Across from Green Street Church of Christ, homeless residents emerged from the tents they use as temporary housing.  As they congregated around […]

Memphis Councilmember JB Smiley, Jr. sponsored a resolution labeling reproductive autonomy a necessity. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Memphis City Council approves reproductive autonomy bill

By: - July 12, 2022

(This story has been updated.) The Memphis City Council passed a resolution Tuesday labeling reproductive autonomy a necessity as part of a larger effort by local elected officials to combat strict state laws on abortion.  Last week, Memphis City Council member JB Smiley announced he would introduce a resolution aiming to discourage local law enforcement […]

Nashville women protest the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson on June 24, the day of the ruling. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee cities grapple with enforcement of new abortion laws

By: - July 7, 2022

Since the U.S. Supreme Court effectively overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, municipal officials across Tennessee have grappled with how to respond to and enforce new abortion legislation.  Some were quick to push back on the ruling with opposing legislation while others confirmed they would uphold Tennessee’s “trigger ban” law, which will take effect […]

Nicole Garcia Aguilar, a transgender woman, looks over donated clothing in the hotel in which she lives while she looks for permanent housing. (Photo: John Partipilo)

For LGBTQ Tennesseans from immigrant families, culture may add extra hurdle to acceptance

By: - July 7, 2022

For some LGBTQ Tennesseans, growing up meant coming to the realization that their sexual orientation could be used against them by society, including members of their families.  According to the Movement Advancement Project, about 3.5% of Tennessee adults identify as non-cisgender. But despite being only a small percentage of the state’s population, LGBTQ residents face […]

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Hamilton County District Attorney race features family dynasty vs. veteran attorney

By: - July 6, 2022

A heated  race in Hamilton County has candidates clashing on key issues, including whether they will enforce Tennessee’s abortion ban if elected.  After Coty Wamp handily beat incumbent Neal Pinkston in the Republican primary, she now faces John Allen Brooks, the Democratic candidate, for the position of Hamilton County District Attorney during a term in […]

More than a thousand people in Nashville on Friday protested the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Businesses craft policies in response to Tennessee abortion ban

By: - June 29, 2022

Following Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade, several companies announced their support for reproductive rights by offering to cover abortion expenses for employees.  Tennessee’s abortion “trigger ban” law will take effect in mid-August. creating a near-total ban on abortions within state borders.  Tennessee is one of 13 states that have abortion trigger […]

Lick Creek in Hickman County. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Plans for wastewater treatment plant cause uproar in Hickman County

By: - June 27, 2022

One January day in rural Hickman County, drivers on Highway 7 noticed an inconspicuous sign posted on a bridge crossing Lick Creek, a pristine waterway used for recreation and farming.   Few dared to stop and read, since the bridge obscured the view of incoming traffic, until one curious local hiked to the sign, took a […]

More than 1,000 protesters in Nashville on Friday filled the city streets to voice displeasure with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Thousands of Tennesseans protested for abortion rights on Friday

By: - June 26, 2022

More than a thousand women marched through downtown Nashville Friday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade, creating a clear path for Tennessee’s abortion “trigger ban” law to go into effect.  Abortion-rights advocates met at the Legislative Plaza to discuss the future for thousands of women who may soon be […]