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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.

From left, Cecilia Prado with Workers Dignity waits with Mosaic apartment tenant Nicolas Alvarado and son Nery, 7, who wait to speak to management about eviction threats. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Eviction moratorium nears end and oustings have started

By: - June 14, 2021

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention federal eviction moratorium doesn’t end until June 30, but evictions are already starting to rise across the state. Eviction notices at Mosaic Apartments in South Nashville made headlines over the past two weeks, prompting local community leaders and officials to intervene and prevent nearly 90 families from being […]

A drag queen performs at Temptations, Wendy McCown-Williams bar in Cookeville. (Photo: Submitted)

Transgender people in Tennessee: How one business owner walks a fine line in a small city

By: - June 11, 2021

For Wendy McCown-Williams, life as a transgender woman and a gay bar owner in a small Tennessee community can be a fine line to walk.   Tennessee ended this year’s legislative session with multiple anti-transgender bills, and most recently passed a bill requiring businesses and government facilities to post a sign stating if they let transgender […]

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, far right, talks with people from Mosaic after the meeting and said "it was heartbreaking to hear the stories of people are working hard and raising families. We have to make sure that people are treated fairly and treated like people". Councilmember Russ Bradford is to Yarbro's right, with hands in pockets.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Mosaic Apartments negotiations with tenants break down

By: - June 9, 2021

Negotiations between Mosaic Apartments tenants and management ended abruptly after advocates accused the company of mishandling the tenants’ safety concerns.  On Wednesday, a public meeting was held between the tenants and Village Green Management, a California-based company, in the hopes of coming to an agreement about whether nearly 100 tenants would be evicted from the […]

Girl Scout Cookie sales are an anticipated annual tradition. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Lawsuit between Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and national organization imperils cookie sales

By: - June 9, 2021

An ongoing lawsuit may determine whether or not Girl Scouts will be selling cookies in Middle Tennessee next year.  The  Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee (GSMT) started in 1917 and has over 10,000 girls participating, but the past few years  have been spent in conflict with their parent organization, Girl Scouts of the United States […]

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg speaks in Memphis Thursday, with U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland behind him. (Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation)

Buttigieg: Memphis bridge stable but no reopen date set

By: - June 3, 2021

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Thursday the Hernando de Soto Bridge in Memphis has been stabilized enough for crews to begin repairs but has yet to provide a reopening date.  Buttigieg traveled to Memphis to hold a roundtable discussion with Tennessee leaders, including U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Congressman Steve Cohen,  about infrastructure and […]

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 delays vote to preserve aquifer

By: - June 2, 2021

The Memphis City Council is expected to make a final decision within the next few weeks on an ordinance regarding the Memphis Sand Aquifer and its preservation.  On Tuesday, the council delayed a vote until July 6 to recognize the importance of the aquifer as the sole source of drinking water for many Shelby County […]

Marsha Blackburn waves her finger.

Immigrant rights, faith groups criticize Blackburn and Hagerty stance on immigrant children

By: - May 21, 2021

Immigrant-rights advocates and faith-based coalitions criticized statements by U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty about housing immigrant children in Tennessee. Reports by WRCB on Wednesday showed migrant children arriving in Hamilton County through Chattanooga’s Wilson Air Center and then boarding buses later verified to be under contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.  Later […]

A volunteer paints a boarded up window on Nashville's Second Avenue. Many buildings on the street were heavily damaged by a Christmas Day suicide bomb. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Painting project aims to dress up bombed Second Avenue

By: - May 21, 2021

Ashley Bergeron had plans to be home in Nashville for Christmas morning, but a nagging feeling told her to make a last minute change of plans. The next morning, she woke up to the news that a suicidal man had detonated a bomb on historic Second Avenue, destroying a huge swath of it. The blast […]

Sri Ganesha Temple in Bellevue. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee’s South Asian population reacts to COVID-19 crisis in India

By: - May 21, 2021

As COVID-19 ravages India, Nashville’s local Indian community has joined in fundraising efforts, but community members describe a nearly hopeless situation where there’s only so much they can do.  By most accounts, India responded rapidly at the beginning of the pandemic, closing its borders and banning all international flights in March 2020. By 2021, attitudes […]

A gas station on Lebanon Pike in Nashville displays an "out" messages as consumers rushed to panic buy after the temporary shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. (Photo: Tennessee Lookout)

Panic buying, school shutdowns and higher gas prices: effects of a six-day shut down of the Colonial Pipeline across Tennessee

By: - May 13, 2021

One-third of gas stations in Tennessee were without gas on Thursday, after a ransomware attack on a major fuel pipeline prompted temporarily shut down in operations and consumers' engaged in a panic-driven frenzy to fill up their tanks.

Saddler Funeral Home in Lebanon, where Reid Van Ness stored bodies for months at a time. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Funeral board warns consulates against unlicensed Tennessee funeral director as more bodies go missing

By: and - May 13, 2021

Tennessee officials this week cautioned the Mexican and Guatemalan consulates in Atlanta against doing business with an ex-funeral director and embalmer who lost his licenses more than a year ago for failing to send bodies of deceased immigrants overseas for burial.