Max Heine

Watermelon Slim performs the blues

Former trucker Bill Homans performed in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Watermelon Slim – on the road again with a killer sound

It’s not every day that we trucking editors get a private lunchtime concert, but such was the case Friday here at the offices of Overdrive and Truckers News. Former trucker Bill Homans, who records and tours as Watermelon Slim, had an evening set scheduled in downtown Tuscaloosa. He got to town early enough to treat us to a solo performance. Slim can coax more slide blues sounds than I thought existed from his dobro guitar, which ...

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Show off your rig

Overdrive selects the best of its readers' truck photos that have been uploaded to our gallery for publication in each month's issue. Click here to post your truck in the Custom Rigs/Overdrive online gallery. Darren “Thunder” Gouveia of Lucasville, Ohio, owns this 2006 Kenworth W900L. It will appear in the March Overdrive.

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TCA names Owner-Operator of the Year

Warren Transport’s Steven Recker was named 2009 Owner-Operator of the Year in the contest sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive.

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Pulse

Safety restrictions that are prudent for professional drivers should also be prudent for amateurs.

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Arrow Trucking: Lawsuits, blame and good news

Some new developments emerged in recent days with Arrow Trucking, now two months after its Dec. 22 closing. Two items are from the Tulsa World. One details how lawsuits filed individually against executives are moving forward even though bankruptcy proceedings protect the company  from further lawsuits. Several of the civil cases are against Former CEO Doug Pielsticker. In the other, Pielsticker responds to allegations against him “by claiming that his former chief financial officer is primarily responsible ...

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Credit card statements include free cold shower

You might have heard that banks have to play by new rules with their credit card terms and disclosures, starting today. If you’ve never faced the music when it comes to credit card abuse, your chance is about to come. One of the more digestible – and eye-popping – bits of information that now must be disclosed is how long it will take you to pay off your balance if you make only the minimum monthly ...

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Trucker trades Haul Road for farm

“Everywhere you go, people recognize you,” says George Spears, one of the stars of "Ice Road Truckers."

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‘Ice Road Trucker’ comes home to thaw

When I rode with Alaskan Haul Road driver George Spears in the summer of 2006, he was planning to retire in the next year or so. However, he kept postponing the day. Then he was asked to stay for production of the third season of the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers" during the 2008-2009 winter. It was the first time the show was done on the Dalton Highway, known as the Haul Road, between Fairbanks and ...

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Sleep apnea: A wakeup call to drivers

Join us for a free webinar on Feb. 11 with sleep apnea expert Dr. Mark Berger. You'll learn how sleep apnea affects your health and how it could impact your CDL.

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