Overdrive Staff

Averitt employees donate $450,000 to St. Jude

Through weekly contributions, truck drivers and other employees of Cookeville, Tenn.-based Averitt Express raised a total of $450,000 in 2014 that was donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 1986, Averitt Cares for Kids, the company’s charitable employee-giving program, has contributed nearly $7.5 million to children-related charities, including the Shriners Burn Institute and Ronald McDonald House.

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Prime driver gives life to save co-driver, cousin

TCA recently named Boyd Miles, a former drive for Prime Inc., a TCA Highway Angel after he rescued his cousin from being hit by an oncoming car. Tragically, however, Miles died in the rescue attempt.

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Ol’ Red: Owner-op’s custom ’82 Freightliner cabover

Owner-operator Robert Carr says he loves this 1982 Freightliner COE “like my kids.” The truck is powered by a a 400-hp Cummins. Carr says the truck has been “totally redone” from its stock set-up.

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Old Dominion opens, expands service centers

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened a new service center in Watertown, S.D., and an expanded service center in Oshkosh, Wis. The Thomasville, N.C.-based less-than-truckload carrier said it opened its third South Dakota facility because of increasing population and economic growth in the region. The one-acre 12-door service center employs five. Old Dominion said it expanded its Oshkosh facility because of the region’s resurging paper industry. The eight-acre 48-door service center created 15 new jobs ...

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Bill would expand trucker drug testing options to hair samples

Both chambers of Congress introduced recently a bill that would allow trucking companies the option to drug test their drivers via hair sample rather than urine sample to satisfy federal drug testing requirements.

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Rugged Volvo I-Shift for severe-duty applications

The reinforced I-Shift will be standard on VHD models with heavier weight ratings – straight trucks rated at 66,000 lbs. GVWR or higher and tractors rated at 125,000 lbs.

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First round of Overdrive’s Most Beautiful contest voting now open

More than 85 nominees makes this year's group the most numerous yet.

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Double Coin bringing ‘Ice Road Truckers’ star to MATS

Double Coin and CMA, a tire manufacturer and marketer, announced a celebrity appearance by Alex Debogorski of History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers” at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, set for March 26-28 in Louisville, Ky. Debogorski will be signing autographs on Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, March 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. in booth #18068. “Ice Road Truckers" premiered on the History Channel in June 2007 and ...

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Pride Transport adjusts driver pay, bonus, holiday packages

Pride Transport announced several changes to its pay scale, including mileage pay increases, for all incoming drivers and existing refrigerated drivers. The company’s new Pay For Performance plan gives each driver at least a 2-cent increase, bringing its pay range to 33 to 42 cents per mile depending on experience. Also under the new plan, drivers can earn additional pay increases every 10 months. They will be given points for miles, fuel efficiency and on-time performance ...

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CRST gives experienced drivers another $10M

CRST Expedited, the largest operating company of CRST International, announced a second $10 million pay increase for experienced drivers. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based company said the increase went into effect Jan. 15 and came 15 months after its first $10 million driver pay increase. “The raises are designed to reward experienced drivers and incent driver tenure in a highly competitive marketplace,” said Cameron Holzer, president of CRST Expedited. “As the driver shortage worsens, the competition for ...

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