Todd Dills

MCSAC / MRB meeting webcast underway on sleep apnea

If you haven't been able to tune into the meeting today of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee with the Medical Review Board, keep an eye on my Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/channel19todd, where I'm posting various items from the presentations ongoing. Benjamin Hoffman, director of the Medical Review Board and GE Chief Medical Officer, says he hopes the meeting will result in promulgation of clearcut regulations or guidance relative to drivers and sleep apnea, and ...

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Human-powered Mack tractor pull

They've called it the "most powerful truck Mack has ever built." Powered by the Mack MP10 engine with a top rating of 605 hp and 2,060 lb.-ft. of torque, the Titan (pictured) was "engineered for handling the toughest jobs in the most extreme conditions – oil fields, logging, heavy equipment hauling," says company spokesman John Walsh. "It doesn’t flinch in rugged terrain or brutal weather.” And now, care of the "World's Strongest Man" competition, held in Charlotte, ...

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Michigan excavators use doubles rig to fight MS

For almost half a decade, the Champagne & Marx Excavating excavating company, of Saginaw, Mich., has been hauling Michigan Specials -- double-dump trailers capable of transporting 50 tons of payload -- with a fleet of Kenworth T800s for road prep, foundation digging and other commercial and industrial projects. But, the company has also long been a big contributor to the fight to combat Multiple Sclerosis, in 2011 raising enough money for it to rank fourth in ...

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Cumberland Collective: Road music to keep an ear out for

I had the rare opportunity to pay witness to a recording session Wednesday night in Nashville at Blackbird Studios -- a group called the Cumberland Collective (a couple of members of which I'm familiar with via the folks-in-their-30s-with-kids-needing-an-occasional-babysitter circuit) had opened up the doors on the 45-track studio to turn the 10-hour session into something of a drop-in-and-hangout affair, inviting family, friends and others. With several songwriters of widely varying styles among them -- principally Mike ...

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A growing spectacular: The Vancouver Island truck lights parade

The Vancouver Island Equipment Owners Association's Christmas Truck Light Parade and Food Drive takes the cake for the most brilliantly extravagant of the Christmas truck parades.

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Air Force drivers haul the Iraq withdrawal

They're "working overtime now with the 31 December deadline," says Melissa Milner with U.S. Air Forces Central. Last week, she notified me of a special feature on their website detailing the hauling efforts of the Air Force's 70th Medium Truck Detachment, charged with moving massive amounts of materiel out of Iraq before the end of the year. They've stepped up missions nearly threefold in the last few months, from about 11 a month in January ...

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Power to win: Do you have it?

We know Sugar Ray Leonard's got it. He delivered a "Power to Win!" keynote (pictured) to the 2011 VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference, held in October in Tuscon. The network of parts distributors benefited well from Sugar Ray's message, which drew parallels between the stores of various qualities it takes to run a successful business and those that gave him the strength to come out of retirement to take on Thomas Hearns in that late-80s ...

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$50,000 reward for some missing …

They've been gone a few years -- a grand total of 175 of them, mostly between the ages 3 and 7 years old now, according to a story published yesterday at the website of AgWeek. They were the property of cattleman James Larsen, whose father, incidentally, was a trucker. ATTENTION LIVESTOCK HAULERS: in two ads in Rosholt and Sisseton, S.D., newspapers, Larsen offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his herd's return -- "175 beef ...

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Operation Roger, Susanne Spirit get some national ink

Growing for a long moment, the Operation Roger network of volunteer haulers making themselves available to connect adopted pets with new caretakers -- or to reunite lost pets with their owners -- free of any charge got some ink this month. The MSNBC cable network did a story on them, and we're happy to report they remain strong, having made since 2005 nearly 600 such connections. Laura T. Coffey's story began with a profile of hauler ...

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About truckin’ time: Tony Justice record in stores Dec. 6

"It’s about truckin’ time," says Tony Justice, East Tennessee-based B&B Transport driver and the songwriter behind the upcoming "On the Road" album (I wrote about it last month here). It's due out in all Pilot Flying J stores Dec. 6. It's a trucking album by a trucker and for truckers, Justice notes, and stay tuned on a feature in the January edition of Truckers News I've penned about the accomplishment (it's a rockin'-country record you're sure ...

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