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.

Shelby County Commissioners at a March meeting. (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby Commission approves new voting machines amid discord

By: - June 7, 2022

Shelby County commissioners voted Monday to spend $5.8 million on voting machines for the November elections as tempers flared and in spite of an ongoing lawsuit pitting county officials against one another. The Shelby County Commission and the Shelby County Election Commission are currently embroiled in litigation to decide which body has jurisdiction over deciding […]

Ashraf Fam, second from right, in the Nashville Mayor John Cooper's office, with city officials and Elmahaba Director Lydia Yousef. (Photo: Submitted)

Tennessee’s Arabic speakers work to add their language to driver license tests

By: - June 3, 2022

When Ashraf Fam, an Egyptian immigrant, first came to Nashville 16 years ago, he quickly sought to get a driver’s license, knowing that transportation was key to survival in the U.S. The Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles offers its driver license test in five languages—English, Spanish, German, Korean and Japanese—but not in other languages more […]

Councilmember and gubernatorial candidate JB Smiley, Jr., at a recent debate. (Photo: JB Smiley)

Smiley drops policy platform

By: - May 27, 2022

On Friday, Memphis City Council member J.B. Smiley, Jr., laid out his policy platform in the Democratic contest for governor.  “It’s time we do more than simply identify the issues, but put a plan in place to address them moving forward. With your help, we can create a better Tennessee, together,” said Smiley in a […]

Rev. Dr. William Barber of the Poor Peoples Campaign leads a group of worker's rights advocates outside the Dollar General annual shareholder's meeting at Goodlettsville City Halll. (Photo: John Partipilo

National civil rights advocate Rev. William Barber takes on Dollar General

By: - May 25, 2022

Dollar General workers and advocates protesting poor working conditions and wages marched to the corporation’s stakeholders meeting in Goodlettsville, only to be met with a locked door.  On Wednesday, labor advocacy groups, community leaders and Dollar General employees from several states—including Louisiana and Mississippi— met to protest the poor conditions many employees say they face […]

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

Memphis council presses TVA for study to no avail

By: - May 24, 2022

The Memphis City Council passed a resolution urging the Tennessee Valley Authority to study the potential impacts of having coal ash transported through and stored in south Memphis communities. Before the afternoon council meeting, council members on the Parks and Environment Committee recommended passage of the resolution requesting that the TVA conduct a Supplemental Impact […]

Mourners at a vigil for Dember Chavez, who died on a Nashville construction site. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Grief at The Griff: Nashville construction boom exacts deadly toll on Hispanic workers

By: - May 23, 2022

Across the street from The Griff, a luxurious apartment complex in Germantown, protesters dressed in black held flowers and crosses in memory of the Hispanic construction workers that have died over the last two years in Nashville’s booming construction industry. Across from the crowd stood a towering chain link fence preventing trespassers from entering another […]

Shelby County Courthouse. (Photo:

With 21 public defender vacancies in Shelby County, chief pleads for more funding

By: - May 19, 2022

Shelby County’s Public Defender’s Office struggles to hire and retain staff because experienced attorneys working as public defenders make far less than most attorneys in the state, said Chief Public Defender Phyllis Aluko on Wednesday. During the Shelby County Budget and Finance Committee, Aluko requested $138,000 to hire an investigator and to cover other costs […]

Mario Oranday and Andrew Baumgarten fear same-sex marriage will be the next right to fall should the Supreme Court strike down Roe v. Wade. Photo: John Partipilo

Leaked Supreme Court abortion draft raises fears for future of gay marriage, LGBTQ rights

By: - May 17, 2022

Standing at the top of Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains, Mario Oranday waited until his partner, Andrew Baumgarten, surveyed the endless tree-lined hills before kneeling down and reaching for the ring he had been carefully carrying.  He had asked a nearby couple to film his proposal, and Baumgarten’s resounding “Yes” was forever captured […]

An abortion rally in downtown Nashville took protesters on a route to the state Capitol and the federal courthouse. Photo: John Partipilo

Abortion rights supporters rally in downtown Nashville

By: - May 14, 2022

On Saturday, thousands of abortion-rights protesters marched through downtown Nashville, part of coordinated national “Bans off our Bodies” organizing effort to hold rallies in support of Roe v. Wade. A diverse and multigenerational crowd of roughly 500 people met at the Legislative Plaza and listened intently to organizers speaking about a potential future where abortion […]

Aerial of the TVA plant in Kingsport Tennessee, Kingsport. on the Clinch River. An ash dam spill on December 22 2008 resulted in a major environmental issue for the area. (Photo: Karen Kasmauski for Getty Images)

Public records show TVA planned coal ash storage months before informing Memphians

By: - May 12, 2022

In July 2021, the Tennessee Valley Authority shocked Memphis residents and officials after informing them that south Memphis would soon house potentially toxic coal ash from the now defunct Allen Fossil Plant.  TVA officials informed Memphians that the decision to use the South Shelby Landfill in south Memphis—a primarily Black and low-income community– “cannot be […]

The stone remains of a Civil War era bridge that crossed the Harpeth River contrasts with million-dollar homes. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Judge upholds suit against Williamson County Planning Commission

By: - May 11, 2022

A judge is allowing a lawsuit against the Williamson County Planning Commission from a conservation group to proceed on the grounds the group has standing to represent the interests of residents in preserving historically significant land from development.  The Vaughn Road property belonging to the late Alice Hooker, a well-known civic figure in the county, […]

The Vasco A. Smith Jr. Administration Building, where Shelby County Commissioners meet downtown Memphis, Tennessee (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby County effort to fix tax rate fails at first pass

By: - May 10, 2022

Shelby County commissioners failed to pass an ordinance fixing the tax rate as tensions continue over the possibility of losing $2 million or raising taxes.  During a Shelby County committee meeting, commissioners grilled Trustee Regina Morrison Newman, Chief Administrator Dwan Gilliom and Budget Director Michael Thompson while discussing the county’s inability to have a tax […]