On Memorial Day: A trucker to remember

| May 30, 2011

Minnie Spotted Wolf never encountered combat in World War II, yet she blazed trails as, most likely, the first Native American woman to serve in the Marines – as a truck driver, nonetheless. A native of ...

Trucking continues coming to Joplin aid

| May 27, 2011

The stories about relief efforts in Joplin keep coming in. Before I get to a couple more, I thought I'd take a moment to note that I will be out of the office through June ...

Driver accountability under CSA: a video talk with owner-operator Robert Shumate

| May 26, 2011

I met Robert Shumate researching my two-part feature on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, in the April and May editions of Overdrive. In the vid, selected from the in-person portion ...

Prime driver hauls in national swimming championship

| May 25, 2011

Leased owner-operator Siphiwe Baleka, with Springfield, Mo.-based Prime Inc., won two national championships at the 2011 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday, April 29. Baleka, who joined Prime three years ago, ...

Keys Truckers on Joplin relief mission; Open weather webinar tomorrow

| May 24, 2011

Last time I saw Keys Truckers Jan (pictured, with Rocky) and James McCarter they were right here in Nashville for the grand reopening of the downtown TravelCenters of America location, which had been closed since ...

Driver rides out Joplin tornado at Flying J

| May 23, 2011

You've probably seen the pictures from the horrific tornado that rammed through Joplin, Mo., hitting the Pilot Flying J off I-44 at U.S. 71 yesterday. Ozark Mountain Leasing driver Todd Arnold, who lives far northeast ...

Mack Pinnacle powers Hollywood ‘Cars 2′ tour, with some home time

| May 23, 2011

A Mack Pinnacle tractor is leading the way in State Farm’s “Agents on a Mission” tour for the Cars 2 movie from Disney-Pixar, which hits theaters June 24. It stopped in early May in  Allentown, Pa., ...

Mexico’s big human-smuggling bust; Truckers Against Trafficking makes industry headway

| May 20, 2011

Technology makes a dent As this photo, released by the Mexican state of Chiapas and making news around the nation yesterday, makes abundantly clear, the issue of human smuggling is a multivalent and complex one. ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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.

Stay Connected

Sign up to get Overdrive's daily newsletter.