Todd Dills

Trucking up out of the water with Nashville fleets

While the story of the disastrous flooding my hometown experienced last May is still being written in many respects (the downtown TravelCenter of America location, as you'll note from the picture, is still closed), there have been some recent bright moments. Vice President Tim Smith with TCW told me a couple weeks back his carrier's terminal on heavily-affected Visco Dr. in Nashville had been fully rebuilt and was well operating, for instance. And last Wednesday's ...

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Collective trucking effort donates caps for wounded soldiers

When Marten Transport driver and 3 milion safe miler Candy Bass (pictured) saw a documentary on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center a few years ago, she was so affected by the scenes detailing the lives of wounded veterans that she determined to do her part: 1) She wanted to do something that would be of practical benefit to soldiers dealing with the personal physical legacy of service to the country, and 2) Perhaps more importantly, ...

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YouTubing truckers hit NPR Charlotte station

Julie Rose of Charlotte, N.C., NPR affiliate WFAE.org (a voice I remember from my times south of the city in Rock Hill, S.C.) picked up on the phenomenon of the YouTube community of truck drivers with a story, available at the WFAE.org site this past Monday, that features some familiar faces. Among them was included good ol' Bobbie Boofay and Keys Truckers James and Jan McCarter, featured in Overdrive's September issue, but in the lead of the ...

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Trucking to the Bowl Championship Series

Five trucking sponsors have partnered to make possible a college football bowl game to be held on December 18 in Boise, Idaho, with a 5:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN. With the Truckload Carriers Association, broker organization the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the Healthy Trucking Association of America and Women in Trucking, uDrove, a provider of smartphone-centric trucking software, gives its name to the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl. The game will the first under a new four-year relationship, ...

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Photo contest deadline Oct. 31

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Trucking’s newest competitor: Rail? Forget it. . . .

A new competitor in the freight market is emerging. We've written about them from time to time, of course, from all the attention the railroads are getting on Capitol Hill and on the airwaves to those nifty cargo bikes eating into local delivery drivers' payloads. Enter the pedestrian. The Super Power Pusher (pictured), say makers NuStar, Inc., "has the muscle to roll loads up to 150,000 lbs. If it rolls….we can move it."  The battery-powered pusher, all ...

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Allen Smith, others at Memphis Trucking Expo Oct. 23

It's a banner month for first-time trucking shows in my home state of Tennessee. After Nashville last week, not to be outdone, of course, is Memphis, the site of the first annual Memphis Trucking Expo, presented by the folks at Worldwide Transport and Permit Service. If you missed Jan McCarter and Doug Jones (pictured) in Nashville last week, tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 23) is your chance to see them live. What's more, unlike the Nashville show, the ...

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How much of your business goes to the trash?

The folks over 40mpg.org, the site of an advocacy organization working to make "40 miles per gallon the standard for all automobiles in the United States," makes note of recent automakers' trumpeting of operations changes making certain of their U.S. plants zero-waste facilities, most notably Subaru and Honda. Which sent my computational brain into immediate overdrive, no pun intended. Bear with me. In our home, my family probably produces in a month a single green-bin-type, rolling, city-street ...

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Novelist takes literary achievement to the truckstop

Beyond the spotlight of trucking industry news in July this year a novelist was hard at work promoting a book, her first, in which one of four main characters is a long-hauler turned local delivery driver struggling to maintain a connection to his son. What's more is where the writer was promoting the novel. Making three stops from July 23-39 between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Portland, Ore., Barbara Richardson (pictured; not her truck) put down 1,750 ...

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Nashville Rush Chrome & Class show winners

Friday I reported from the site of the first annual Chrome & Class Truck Show at the Nashville location of Rush Truck Centers just east-southeast of downtown in Smyrna. If you missed it, read about the first day at Nashville Rush, a story largely about the Eady family of truck owners/builders from Hillsboro, Ala., and their custom 1996 Peterbilt 379, built from the ground up by brothers Hayward and Hayden and run by their father, ...

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