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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.

A pumping station in Dickson County at the site of a 1992 gas line rupture. (Photo: John Partipilo

Tennessee Senate passes bill to preempt local laws on oil and gas pipelines

By: - March 25, 2022

The Tennessee Senate passed a controversial pipeline preemption bill on Thursday in spite of concerns about the effect oil and gas pipelines could have on personal property and drinking water. Before passage, Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, sponsor of SB2077, amended the bill to allow for wellhead protections and to align with its House counterpart. Critics […]

Rep. Kevin Vaughan, R-Collierville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Vaughan pipeline bill is delayed in committee

By: - March 22, 2022

An energy infrastructure preemption bill was delayed by the House Commerce Committee until next week, citing time constraints to debate a bill that has attracted statewide controversy. Dozens of  environmental justice activists traveled from across the state to protest and speak against HB2246 in person, calling it a move against the local liberties of Tennessee […]

Valero Memphis Refinery billowing smoke. Valero was one of two companies proposing the Byhalia Pipeline, a 40-mile oil conduit that would have gone through historic Black neighborhoods in Memphis. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Bill to override local control of pipelines spurs statewide backlash

By: - March 21, 2022

On March 2, a seemingly innocuous bill in the Tennessee General Assembly proposed a study on energy infrastructure,  but an amendment to remove local government’s ability to regulate fossil fuel infrastructure threw up red flags with legislators, local government officials and environmental groups. The bill was advancing quickly, and before a Senate committee meeting scheduled […]

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E-Verify expansion moves through committee

By: - March 16, 2022

A bill to expand the federal E-Verify program progressed in the legislature Tuesday as part of an effort to crack down on employment of undocumented workers.  The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted to amend SB1780 to expand the E-Verify program to businesses with 35 employees instead of 25, as the bill was originally written. […]

Tamika White with The Equity Alliance speaks in front of the Metro Nashville Courthouse on Tuesday. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman)

Nashville groups seek benefits for low-income East Nashville residents

By: - March 15, 2022

Metro Nashville councilmembers and affordable housing advocates hope negotiations with developers at the RiverChase apartment site in East Nashville will serve as a solid basis for future development in Nashville to benefit low-income residents. On Tuesday, Councilmembers Zulfat Suara, Sean Parker, Colby Sledge and others met with representatives of Stand Up Nashville (SUN), the Equity […]

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Senate committee to vote on expansion of E-Verify program

By: - March 15, 2022

A state Senate committee will vote today on expanding the use of  E-Verify to businesses with 25 employees or more in an effort to crack down on undocumented employment.  Sponsored by Sen. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, SB1780 would expand the federal program from being required for businesses with 50 employees, which will affect small workforces and […]

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Memphis Police Chief Davis tells oversight board cop complaints down

By: - March 11, 2022

On Thursday, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.”  Davis told members of a police-oversight board that there were fewer aggressive interactions between police and citizens in the last year, possibly due to the pandemic.  “Over the last couple of years, the climate had a lot to do with interactions with law officers, whether it was COVID […]

Claudio Vazquez of Nashville moved to the U.S. in 1997 with plans to stay. He was unable to get a green card for permanent residency until 2005. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Immigrants find long and complicated road to citizenship

By: - March 11, 2022

Claudio Vazquez came to the U.S. on a tourist visa in 1997 and planned to stay permanently. Noting the differences between the U.S. and Mexico, Vazquez was shocked to learn how easily people could buy basic commodities in the States, such as a used car.  “In Mexico, I would have to work a year to […]

Memphis residents pushed back against the Byhalia Pipeline project. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Legislation threatens local control of land use for fossil fuel infrastructure

By: - March 8, 2022

Memphis activist Justin Pearson spent years trying to pass legislation to protect his city’s natural drinking water, but a bill being fast tracked through the state Legislature is threatening his efforts.   Last week, environmental activists learned that Rep. Kevin Vaughan, R-Collierville, and Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, are seeking to pass a bill aimed at removing […]

Rep. London Lamar, D-Memphis, talks with Rep. Harold Love, D-Nashville, during a legislative hearing. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Lamar tapped for Shelby County vacancy in Senate

By: and - March 4, 2022

The Shelby County Commission voted Thursday in a lengthy—and sometimes testy— special meeting for Rep. London Lamar to serve as the interim senator for District 33, a seat vacated by former Sen. Katrina Robinson.  Robinson was ejected from the Tennessee Senate in February after a federal court found  her guilty of fraud charges. By state […]

Ira Tsykovska and her husband Bogdan Chornomaz, natives of the Ukraine, at their Nashville home. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Ukrainians in Tennessee worry for safety of family and friends

By: and - March 1, 2022

Ira Tsykovska’s iPhone kept alerting her with the familiar Apple text tone ring every few minutes while her husband Bogdan Chornomaz looked over her shoulder and worriedly read texts from their families and friends in Kyiv and Kharkiv, two of the largest cities in Ukraine. “The Russians have surrounded the cities but we are fighting them”, said […]

Shelby County Commission. (Photo: Shelby County Government)

Shelby County Commission defers funding bump to election commission

By: - March 1, 2022

The Shelby County Commission deferred a motion to increase the county Election Commission’s budget despite an upcoming deadline to alert voters of precinct changes.  Commissioner Tami Sawyer referred to recent controversial changes to voting in Memphis. Republican-controlled committees approved the state’s legislative and congressional maps despite testimony that Black voters were being disenfranchised in key […]