Flying high, running low: Friday Channel 19 news round-up

| February 03, 2012

Big birds to fly by truckWriting on the New York Times blog yesterday, Matthew L. Wald delivered a little unexpected news about a flock of young whooping cranes currently settled down for the winter about ...

Downtime pursuits: More road music from Tennessee

| February 01, 2012

Tony Justice moving down the roadFirst up, Allen Smith over at AsktheTrucker.com reports Tony Justice (featured in the blog here and here and last month in Truckers News) will be performing at a pre-Grammy Awards ...

What you may not know about the EOBR bill

| January 31, 2012

Since I reported on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's attempts to gain new regulatory authority over interstate drivers relative to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program's now-internal Driver Safety Measurement System last summer, new ...

‘Courtesy not necessarily contagious’: UPS driver after 50 accident-free years

| January 30, 2012

Ohio resident and UPS driver Ron "Big Dog" Sowder (pictured) started his career with UPS in 1962 after serving in the Navy and answering an employment ad. On January 25, the driver marked 50 years ...

Operator to train in CNN’s Fit Nation program this year

| January 28, 2012

“I was on my way back to Texas and didn’t have a webcam," says Roadrunner Transportation Services contractor Glenn Keller about the circumstances in which he filmed what has become a winning entry to take ...

‘Leave Tony alone’ — An owner-operator on the truck stop tiger

| January 27, 2012

Animal rights advocates are a vocal bunch, as I've found out over the course of the last several years. Write word one about Tony, the tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, La., ...

‘Monkey gouger’ Jimmy Ardis beats the odds to 4 million safe milesImage Gallery

| January 26, 2012

Owner-operator Jimmy Ardis of Sumter, S.C., leased to Moultrie, Ga.-based Sapp Trucking, learned to drive "in a 1971 International 4070 cabover with a 250 Cummins in it," he says, running to the West Coast and ...

Trucking fruit in Obama’s energy, manufacturing messages

| January 25, 2012

If you missed last night's State of the Union address, the President followed in predecessors' footsteps by detailing a veritable laundry list of election-year policy initiatives with no small measure of specific requests for the ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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