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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.

Historic Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville Mayor Cooper faces blowback over tours of homeless communities

By: - November 9, 2021

On Friday, Metro Nashville Councilmember Colby Sledge opened an email from Mayor John Cooper’s office and was stunned to read it.  Sledge and other council members received an invitation to tour areas throughout Nashville where large numbers of unhoused people reside — homeless encampments, as they are sometimes called.   Sledge called the tour a tone […]

Metro Nashville Council Redistricting Proposal B (Metro Nashville Planning Department)

Tennessee’s municipalities tackle redistricting

By: - November 8, 2021

State legislators have until next year to finish redistricting the state, but the pressure is on local officials to quickly finish a process that will closely affect Tennessee residents on a day to day basis.. Here’s what the redistricting process looks like across the state.  Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County There’s no question that Nashville’s […]

(Photo illustration by John Partipilo.)

Lawsuits pile up against former funeral director

By: and - November 3, 2021

Lawsuits continue to pile up against four funeral homes and an ex-funeral director accused of failing to send the remains of deceased immigrants back to their families overseas for burial. On Monday, the family of Ramon Lara Castillo — a 63-year-old Nashville house painter who succumbed to liver cancer in October 2020 — filed a […]

Gas stations with convenience stores are often the only source of grocery shopping for residents in low income neighborhoods. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Memphis gas station moratorium part of effort to solve food deserts

By: - November 2, 2021

In some areas of Memphis, there are more gas stations than grocery stores. While a citywide moratorium placed a hold on new gas stations, businesses are still seeking permission from the Memphis City Council to open against the wishes of local communities. In March, the Memphis City Council voted in favor of halting permitting of […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby County preps for final redistricting vote

By: - October 28, 2021

The Shelby County Commission held a special session on Wednesday to expedite approval on redistricting maps before the Nov. 8 deadline, and voted to adopt a redistricting plan of 13 members for 13 districts regardless of population shifts. Shelby County officials had only a few weeks to reshape Shelby County as the 2020 Census was […]

Shelby County Commission

Transparency of redistricting questioned in Shelby County

By: - October 26, 2021

Shelby County commissioners expressed their concerns over maps presented during a redistricting committee meeting on Monday.  The 2020 U.S. Census data was released in August and gave officials statewide only a few weeks before Nov. 8 to submit redistricting maps. With that in mind, commissioners on the county’s redistricting ad hoc committee set out to discuss […]

Afghan-American residents of Nashville, photographed during a recent rally, will help refugees as the settle in the area. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Middle Tennessee groups prepare for Afghan refugee arrivals

By: - October 25, 2021

Middle Tennessee refugee resettlement programs need all the help they can get to properly welcome Afghan refugees coming to Nashville At least 300 Afghan refugees will arrive at the Nashville International airport in the next few months and several nonprofit organizations—United Way of Greater Nashville, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, the Nashville International Center for Empowerment […]

Jasmine Worles (right) discusses pregnancy concerns with her doula Miajenell Peake at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee on January 24, 2021. As a doula, Miajenell will support Jasmine with many aspects of her pregnancy and after delivery. ( © Karen Pulfer Focht)

Metro Nashville Health gains grant to train doulas

By: - October 19, 2021

The Metro Nashville Public Health Department will soon be seeking recruits for a federally-funded program aimed at creating additional support for expectant mothers in low-income areas.  On Tuesday, Metro Health announced they have received $125,000 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund a project aimed at recruiting and training doulas to […]

"Do masks work or don't they? questioned Rep. Vincent Dixie, D-Nashville, seeking clarification from GOP Rep. Bruce Griffey. Photo: John Partipilo)Rep. Vincent Dixie, photographed in the Cordell Hull Legislative Building in March 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Dixie: Special legislative session should assess West Tennessee infrastructure

By: - October 18, 2021

Rep. Vincent Dixie, D-Nashville, spoke with a civil-rights group Monday morning  about what to expect at Gov. Bill Lee’s special session discussing the Ford Motor Company manufacturing campus headed to West Tennessee.  The Urban League of Middle Tennessee, a non-partisan civil-rights group, asked Dixie, D-Nashville, about his goals to use the deal in an effort […]

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Memphis civilian law enforcement group upholds police punishment

By: - October 15, 2021

A Memphis resident testified before city officials about the strange circumstances surrounding a police visit to her home.   Members of the Memphis Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) meet on a monthly basis to make judgements on alleged cases of police brutality, and on Thursday, they received the case of Anita Hill and the events […]

A map and key from the U.S. Census Bureau showing the population of Black residents in Tennessee's counties. (U.S. Census Bureau)

Civil rights groups work to prevent further gerrymandering

By: - October 14, 2021

As Tennessee lawmakers prepare to redraw districts, civil rights organizations are working to prevent further gerrymandering ahead of statewide elections.  The Tennessee Legislature and municipal officials are currently redrawing congressional and state district maps based on data from the 2020 U.S. Census, which was released in August 2021, and are set to complete their work […]

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 […]