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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.

Flanked by family members, GOP congressional nominee Andy Ogles told supporters Thursday he's ready to "get DC out of Tennessee." (Photo: John Partipilo)

“Get DC out of Tennessee,” says Republican congressional nominee Ogles

By: - August 5, 2022

Late Thursday night, supporters of Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles celebrated winning the Fifth Congressional District Republican primary after a bruising, attack-filled campaign. Once early votes started to come in, Ogles held a strong lead over former Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell and continued to lead throughout the night.  Ogles, former director of Americans for […]

Campaign signs outside a Memphis poll for the Aug. 4, 2022 primary. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

August Election Day marked by slow polling places

By: - August 4, 2022

As Tennessee candidates hovered in the blazing sun on Thursday to greet potential voters, they contemplated the months leading up to the August election.  In the 5th Congressional District, Sen. Heidi Campbell noted how redistricting affected the area, but “maybe in ways (legislators) didn’t anticipate.” Campbell, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary, said Republican […]

Poll worker Victor Nelson at Belle Meade City Hall in Davidson County. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman)

Increased threats to poll workers across country haven’t dampened enthusiasm in Tennessee

By: - August 4, 2022

At Belle Meade City Hall, Victor Nelson took a quick break from his work as a poll worker, a job he says is as rewarding as it is challenging. Nationwide, poll workers have reported feeling threatened since the 2020 presidential election cycle after former President Donald Trump propagated false claims about the election. The threats […]

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Charter amendments add to long ballots across Tennessee

By: - August 4, 2022

Partisan races aren’t the only ones on Tennessee ballots Thursday, as voters in Davidson, Hamilton and Shelby Counties will also be voting to ratify — or not to ratify — a clutch of amendments to county government charters. Davidson County The Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County approved four amendments in May but each […]

East High School in Memphis. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Memphis-Shelby County School Board candidates face challenges to system

By: - August 3, 2022

Memphis-Shelby County School Board races remain nonpartisan, unlike 59 other Tennessee counties, with four seats up for election.  Board members will have several challenges to address: Students in Memphis, a majority-minority city, were some of the hardest hit by the pandemic economically and academically. School closures due to remote learning, COVID-case surges and teacher shortages led […]

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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 […]