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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.

Gallatin's Main Street Festival. (Photo: Greater Gallatin, Inc.)

Two festival seasons in, pandemic taxes planners and vendors

By: - October 11, 2021

Life has been rough the past 18 months for Tennesseans who make their living through the state’s tourism and festival industry.  Ruth Rico has made a name for herself selling Colombian cuisine from her food truck Delicias Colombianas throughout Nashville’s festival season, normally lasting from spring to fall. But over the last year and a […]

‘This is injustice’: Dickerson Pike mobile home tenants fight eviction

By: - October 8, 2021

Juana Cecilia has lived on Dickerson Pike for 17 years but faces losing her home after developers took an interest in her trailer park neighborhood.   In June, she and 19 other families received eviction notices giving them less than two months to find a new home.  They later learned that their neighborhood was being sold […]

Shelby County Courthouse. (Photo: ShelbyCounty.gov)

After a school shooting, Shelby County weighs strengthening early childhood education

By: - October 7, 2021

A week after a school shooting critically injured one student at a K-8 school, Shelby County officials on Wednesday debated directing more resources into early childhood education, with one resolution focused violence prevention measures. Members of the education committee of the Shelby County Commission recommended approval of a $500,000 contract with Porter-Leath, a historic Memphis […]

A 2019 Memphis City Council meeting. (Photo: City of Memphis)

Memphis Sand Aquifer, Memphis’ source of drinking water, at center of growing number of disputes

By: - October 6, 2021

The Memphis Sand Aquifer, the primary source of drinking water for Shelby County residents, is the subject of a growing number of disputes. Memphis City Councilmembers on Tuesday clashed with Tennessee Valley Authority representatives over plans to relocate coal ash to a local landfill over fears it could contaminate the aquifer. The Southern Environmental Law […]

Quanita Thomas, fondly known as “Q” (center) hands out a food basket to Carlos Williams who lives in the North Nashville neighborhood. Thomas is also an associate pastor at the Historic First Community Church in North Nashville. (Photo by John Partipilo

Federal Child Tax Credit program boosts thousands in Tennessee

By: - September 30, 2021

While Jessica Crumbley was able to keep her job as assistant manager at Dollar General in Loudon throughout the pandemic, her wages barely kept her disabled husband and three children afloat. Any financial hiccup could be enough to destabilize her family, and in July, Crumbley quarantined from COVID-19 without knowing if her job would pay […]

As federal protections have ended, Memphis evictions have soared

By: - September 28, 2021

To Cindy Ettingoff, executive officer at the Memphis-Area Legal Services, a pandemic and rising evictions often mix chaotically in courtrooms. At Shelby County General Sessions Civil Court, dockets were restricted to 50 cases to allow for safe social distancing early in the pandemic, but a growing backlog of eviction cases bumped the number to 100 […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby Count calls for DOJ oversight of juvenile courts

By: - September 27, 2021

On Monday, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee the county’s juvenile detention centers after reports of racial disparities. According to the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission, violent crime rates overall have risen by 12.1% in comparison to previous years. Violent juvenile charges have decreased […]

Afghan-Americans rallied in Nashville to urge the American government to push for human rights protections in Afghanistan. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee’s Afghan residents rally for support

By: - September 27, 2021

On Sunday, about a hundred protesters crowded in front of the Estes Kefauver Federal Building and Courthouse in Nashville to advocate for their friends and family currently living under Taliban rule.  Zahra Rasuli, 23, stood among several women wearing hijabs, pondering on the nature of Afghanistan’s conflict ridden history. She is a product of immigrant […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby County committee recommends DOJ oversight of juvenile courts

By: - September 23, 2021

The Shelby County Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts Committee voted to recommend the U.S. Department of Justice resume oversight of the county’s juvenile court system after concerns that current policies have failed to address racial disparities.  On Wednesday the Countywide Juvenile Justice Consortium (CJJC), a citizen-led board created to hold the juvenile justice system accountable, […]

Memphis residents are pushing back against the Byhalia Pipeline project. The proposed pipeline, has been the subject of controversy since 2019. The joint venture project would build a 49-mile pipeline between Memphis and Mississippi and would run through several Black communities in Memphis. VALERO Memphis Refinery (PICTURED) is located on along the Mississippi River's Lake McKellar in South Memphis. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Memphis Council bridges regulatory gaps that have threatened water

By: - September 22, 2021

The Memphis City Council approved an ordinance to bridge regulatory gaps that have left the city’s drinking water vulnerable and added protections for residents living near toxic materials.  On Tuesday, council members debated three ordinances created as a result of protests against a pipeline set to be built near a historic Black neighborhood.  In late […]

The exterior of TIRRC's new building explodes with colorful murals. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee immigration advocates head to DC to urge pathway to citizenship

By: - September 20, 2021

On Sunday, immigrant-rights advocates were disheartened to learn that a pathway to citizenship for thousands of immigrants in Tennessee was excluded from the congressional Democrats $3.5 trillion social policy budget. Earlier this month, the Democratic Party began the push to expand the nation’s social safety net focused on health care, child and elder care, education […]

Memphis residents are pushing back against the Byhalia Pipeline project. The proposed pipeline, has been the subject of controversy since 2019. The joint venture project would build a 49-mile pipeline between Memphis and Mississippi and would run through several Black communities in Memphis. VALERO Memphis Refinery (PICTURED) is located on along the Mississippi River's Lake McKellar in South Memphis. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Memphis aquifer gains protection from Shelby Commission

By: - September 13, 2021

Nearly a year of protests and political debates culminated in the Shelby County Commission passing a one-of-a-kind ordinance to protect the county’s sole source of drinking water. The Shelby County Commissions voted 10-0—Commissioners David Bradford and Amber Mills abstained—in support of an ordinance to prevent pipelines from being built within 1,500 feet of most residential […]