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 renter waits outside Davidson County General Sessions Court in November, waiting to see if she can work out a deal with her landlord to stay in her apartment.(Photo: John Partipilo)

New year, same old evictions

By: - January 21, 2022

As a new year begins, so does another wave of evictions, and for those seeking to prevent homelessness among Nashville’s most vulnerable populations, existing problems continue as well. As the year 2021 sputtered to an end, Nashville’s court system closed for the holidays, as did Judge Rachel Bell’s Housing Resource Diversionary Court Program. Bell’s court […]

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 29 - First responders Memphis and Shelby County police officers, firefighters and EMTs get COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday Dec. 29, 2020. The Shelby County Health Department is administering the shots in a process that will go on for several weeks. (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby County approves $1.5 million for COVID testing kits

By: - January 20, 2022

During a special session Wednesday, Shelby County commissioners approved $1.5 million for the purchase of at-home COVID testing kits as cases continue to spread throughout the county.  Shelby County’s weekly test positivity rate has decreased since last week, but residents are still testing at a positive rate of 35.9%, continuing the county’s streak of the […]

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Shelby County accepts opioid settlement

By: - January 19, 2022

The Shelby County Commission voted to accept $20 million as a partial settlement as part of a statewide effort to crack down on the opioid epidemic.  In March 2021, Memphis city officials filed a federal lawsuit against a group of opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in fueling the opioid influx that has significantly […]

Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee on September 15, 2021. Kingsbury Middle School in Berclair neighborhood of Memphis. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Tennessee schools stressed by omicron variant

By: - January 14, 2022

Collierville High School students had barely returned to class on Jan. 4 when a week later they were sent home as the COVID omicron variant spread rapidly though schools with limited staff and options.  On Monday, staff at the Shelby County school announced students and faculty would move to remote learning despite a state law […]

Lockeland Elementary School in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Labor groups, teachers address need for school funding

By: - January 12, 2022

With education being on the agenda of Tennessee lawmakers this year, organizations across the state are asking for increased funding for schools to counteract long standing issues complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, educators, parents and labor organizations — Memphis For All, AFL-CIO, Stand Up Nashville, Nashville Organized for Action and Hope and Memphis […]

Shelby County Commission. (Photo: Shelby County Government)

Shelby County add funds to target opioid addiction

By: - January 10, 2022

The Shelby County Commission voted Monday to add $168,700 to its operating budget to combat the county’s opioid epidemic. Shelby County previously received $506,000 from the Tennessee Department of Health for the period of Sept 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2022 through an effort to target high-impact areas across the state. Today’s vote amended the […]

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 29 - First responders Memphis and Shelby County police officers, firefighters and EMTs get COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday Dec. 29, 2020. The Shelby County Health Department is administering the shots in a process that will go on for several weeks. (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby County officials warn of hospital staffing shortages

By: - January 6, 2022

Shelby County health officials warned county commissioners Wednesday that hospital capacity hasn’t fully recovered from the effects of previous COVID-19 variants before Omicron caused infections to reach their highest point in the pandemic in the past week.  During a county committee meeting, Shelby County Health Director Michelle Taylor briefed commissioners on COVID trends since the […]

Republican lawmakers, led by, from left, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Majority Leader William Lamberth, pushed massive bills through committees during Thursday's special session. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee’s biggest stories of 2021

By: , and - December 29, 2021

The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that issues related to it stayed at the top of the news, from debates over masking and corporate vaccine requirements to whether Tennessee’s medical board can punish physicians for giving out incorrect medical information about COVID. But with three special sessions in addition to the regular legislative […]

Memphis City Hall (Photo: City of Memphis Community Affairs page, Facebook)

Questions linger of TVA move to relocated coal ash in Memphis

By: - December 22, 2021

On Tuesday, Memphis city council members discussed the difficulties they’ve had getting clear answers from TVA on the agency’s decision to relocate coal ash to Southeast Memphis.  Since routine groundwater monitoring found elevated levels of arsenic in ponds situated over the Memphis Sand Aquifer, TVA officials have been under pressure to remove coal ash stored […]

A workers at El Hornito bakery in Nashville arranges cakes on the business' seventh anniversary. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee’s Hispanic residents have borne brunt of COVID-19 pandemic

By: - December 21, 2021

On Sunday, staff at El Hornitos Bakery in Nashville celebrated their seventh year in operation knowing they are among the Latino businesses that survived a pandemic that has devastated the community.  It’s been nearly two years since COVID-19 spread among Nashville’s Latino residents, and as the months ensued, El Hornitos owner Luis Rojas, noticed more […]

“One of the worst maps I’ve ever seen.”

By: - December 16, 2021

After Fayette County’s redistricting plan drew backlash from civil-rights advocates, the county board of commissioners held another special session to create minority representation. In doing so, the board approved a map that was “visually offensive and electorally inadequate,” said Civil Watkins, a Black resident, school board member and president of the Fayette County Democratic Party.   […]

(Photo illustration by John Partipilo.)

Rogue funeral director continues operation

By: - December 15, 2021

About three months ago, Guliana Miranda and her husband learned they were the only family members in the U.S. who could oversee the funeral proceedings of a recently departed family member and heard about a Spanish-speaking funeral director, Reid Van Ness, who could help them.  They knew Dolores Jimenez Garcia, a relative of her husband, […]