Todd Dills

The drones keep coming — for your freight?

Apologies for a post-less Tuesday, which regular Channel 19 readers no doubt noticed. I had a mini-vacation with friends and family -- hearing news of the SpaceX launch in the auto on the way home to Nashville, I couldn't help but think of owner-operator blogger Phil Madsen's greatest post of all time, which in my view may well have been this one. In it, Madsen imagines a nighmarish future of airborne DOT drones policing all manner ...

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Log-haulers, Bastrop County TX wants you

In addition to the Lost Pines Log Pull competition Bastrop nonprofit Logs to Lumber is hosting this coming weekend to add competitive spirit to their efforts harvesting viable timber from an area devastated by wildfires last year and help more than 1,700 homeowners rebuild, Jamaica Morz, working with the organization, could also use a little timber/lumber-hauling help. "We are currently working with a grassroots organization, Logs to Lumber, that has made an arrangement with a sawmill ...

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When do you shop online for trucks, parts?

The "Best Practices for Car Dealers" infographic below (click through it for a larger version) shows results of a survey conducted by the folks at Carwoo.com of its auto-shopper users and auto dealers that suggests many dealers are missing customer needs at peak times for online searching/shopping. Though of course the commercial truck and consumer auto markets are different worlds, by and large, we wondered: What times of day do you typically find yourself needing online ...

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iPhone or Android? Titans neck and neck among drivers

It’s neck and neck between the two smartphone giants among fans of Overdrive’s Facebook page weighing in on a proposed choice between the iPhone or one among many of Google Android-powered devices (Motorola Droid Razr pictured) available today. “This one I want to follow,” the very first commenter noted when we asked the "iPhone or Android?" question several weeks back, “coming from a guy with a ‘flip phone’ and a Blackberry for work that I ...

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Charity event to harvest timber after major Texas wildfire

The Logs to Lumber organization in Bastrop County, Texas, is holding the Lost Pines Log Pull charity event May 26-27 and seeks volunteer participants. The “Burned Forest Challenge” follows the Labor Day 2011 wildfires, the “largest wildfire in Texas history,” says area property owner Jamaica Morz, that destroyed 1,700 homes. To help citizens rebuild, the Logs to Lumber nonprofit organization was founded to facilitate the harvest and utilization of still-viable timber resources. With more than a million ...

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‘Pilot, drop in 150 gallons ULSD, over’ — On mobile NG filling stations

Ever fantasized about the potential for airborne diesel refuelers to fill the tanks in-transit? Given the widespread reach of truck stops in America, it's probably well unnecessary, but hey, anybody can dream, right? Though efforts are being made -- most notably by the partnership of Clean Energy, Pilot and Navistar, as well as Shell Lubricants' own effort -- to proliferate compressed/liquefied natural gas fueling stations along major highway lanes, the same can't be said of natural gas ...

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Story in NY times tars oil field exemption

I've been at work covering the uptick in oil field work surrounding new drilling techniques that have been enabling new oil and gas wells to explode in a number of areas around the country, from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale area, the Eagle Ford in Texas, and the Bakken in North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada. Judging by the guys working the wells I've talked to, it's largely a positive story relative to pay and work. Owner-operator ...

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Owner-operator on CNN FitNation team trains in Hawaii

Last week, when I interviewed Roadrunner Transportation-leased owner-operator Glenn Keller (pictured, second from left) about his ongoing training to be a part of CNN's FitNation Triathlon Challenge, he mentioned to me that he was headed off for a week of training in the state where the Nautica Malibu Triathlon competition will ultimately be held Sept. 16 -- Hawaii. He sent along the pics you see here, also posted to the FitNation main site in a larger ...

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‘Banana peel trucker hat’ on Today show

It won't fit on your head, that's sure. Check out this post, part of the Today Show's "Bites on Today" food-related newsletter, about artist Brock Davis' Banana Peel Trucker Hat -- as well apparent from the photo, a ball cap perhaps more appropriate for mouse than human and utilizing for its construction the bottom portion of any garden variety banana peel. (Davis originally intended it to amuse his kids -- then pictures of it went viral.) Click ...

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Chatting with Aaron Tippin at Uncle Pete’s

I bet you I-40 regulars know Uncle Pete's -- formerly Tennessee 40 -- at 1210 Sparta Pike in Lebanon, Tenn., at I-40. It might well give any stop east of the Mississippi a run for the money for the "most distinctive" honor. Adorning its walls is a collection of more than "4,875 coffee cups," says Uncle Pete Norman himself, owner. "Never bought one, but I've drank out of every one." Pete's special proprietary bean blend ground ...

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