Todd Dills

Jazzy Jordan approaches the finish line

Turns out Lee Jordan's early-May prediction that he and his daughter, Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, would be making their Times Square, New York City, finish point of Jazzy's run across the U.S. to benefit the St. Christopher Fund by a week from today was on-the-spot correct. I spoke with Lee (pictured) yesterday and he said the pair were in Joppa, Md., approximately 170 miles from their destination. "We need all the runners we can between now and then," ...

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Good ink on Missouri truck driving championships

Among drive-image-building efforts that are decades-long institutions are the yearly state truck-driving championships, which in 2010 will culminate in the final national competition Aug. 3-7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The efficacy of the championships in the image arena was on full display in this story, published Sunday in the Springfield, Mo., News-Leader, about that state's own championships, held on a driving course on the headquarters campus of Prime. I got the chance to visit the carrier last ...

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From fuel price ‘nightmares’ to trucking book

Writer Mary Richardson, whom Atlanta-based Creative Loafing describes as a former editor with the Truckers Connection publication, had what she describes as "nightmares" during relatively modest spikes in fuel prices during the year 2006, shortly after she started working there. She "was having these apocalyptic nightmares about fuel prices getting so high that trucks would stop," she told Creative Loafing's Wyatt Williams, "causing grocery store shelves to fall empty, with people running around and buying up everything, having ...

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Rush opens Oklahoma City facility

Rush Enterprises opened a brand-new 115,000-square-foot truck sales and service center.

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Mack TerraPro refuse truck ‘Sliced’ on History Channel

The star of last week’s episode of the History Channel television program Sliced was “tough, rugged and good-looking,” said makers of said star, a Mack TerraPro refuse truck that the show’s host, John McCalmont, showed backed up its exterior with EPA 2010 emissions-certified power in the guts. Each week, the Sliced host uses a bevy of tools to slice objects apart, layer by layer, exploring how they work. On previous episodes, McCalmont has taken on objects ...

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Las Vegas newspaper columnist delivers ‘half-hearted’ trucker salute…

It's not exactly a big 10-4, but in her "Road Warrior" column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal a week ago, Adrienne Packer detailed her state's latest addition to the growing nationwide effort to pair state troopers with truckers to target four-wheelers' unsafe maneuvers around big trucks for citation. While Packer reflects a somewhat common feeling among the motoring public when she wonders whether the program is more than just a way to boost revenue coming ...

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Ode to a well-stacked weekend warrior

As we head into Memorial Day weekend it's likely some of you out there will enjoy a rare round of golf with a friend or relative in town for once in a while. My father's coming to town, so I know I will, and it will be a perhaps more-than-rare round indeed. I don't play much -- or well -- that's sure. If only I could tool around the course in the golf cart you see ...

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Grascals tour bus driver ‘Stubob’ Myrick’s Nashville flood tale

Stuart "Stubob" Myrick (pictured) of the Gallatin, Tenn., area paid his driving dues behind the wheel of several dump trucks, in the late 1970s, then logging miles over the road with a grocery-distribution outfit pulling vans and, most recently, a flatbed loaded with empty containers in the private fleet of a container refurbishing company. In short, he's well earned his current gig: "semi-retired," he says, dedicated driver of the Mobil Delvac-sponsored 2001 Prevost coach -- powered by a 500-hp Detroit ...

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Latest in distractions: One word, three letters, rhymes with ‘text’

Earlier this week, as Kansas became the 26th state to enact a behind-the-wheel anti-texting law applicable to all drivers, the folks at hands-free headset-maker Jabra released results of a survey/study conducted in April that threw a little wrench (and more!) into all the late discussion of worrisome activities drivers engage behind the wheel of fast-moving vehicles. While 28 percent of survey respondents admitted to text-messaging while driving, more than half that number, a full 15 percent of respondents, said they ...

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Trucks on Pakistan’s Grand Trunk Road

If you missed National Public Radio's recent reporting along the Grand Trunk Road, an historic connection between far eastern and western sections of the Indian subcontinent, from Bengal to Peshawar in Pakistan, you probably missed this report by John Poole from a truckstop outside Islamabad. The stop, a rather informal spot on the Grand Trunk Road from his description of it, serves not only as stopover point but also as a sort of bazaar where artists ...

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