Todd Dills

Checking in with Jazzy Jordan — and a rig named in her honor

When we quizzed Overdrive Facebook fans on their rigs' nomenclature, i.e. not just the make and model but the names they used to give voice to that most personal of relationships -- the on-highway operator and his or her machine -- one in particular stood out for me. "I named mine 'Jasmine,' to honor Jazzy Jordan," wrote driver Jim Beine, whose Central Point, Ore.-based Oldland Distributing, 272-inch wheelbase 2001 Peterbilt 379 extended hood is here pictured. ...

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Chuck Bosselman inducted in racing hall of fame

The 15th class of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, to be inducted in October at the Fireman’s Hall in Lincoln, Neb., is set to include one Chuck Bosselman, second-generation owner of the famous Bosselman Truck Plaza in Grand Island, Neb., at I-80 and Highway 281, and later related businesses. Bosselman, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer, got the racing bug in the late-1960s, starting with a 1955 Chevy and ...

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National Registry rule finalized

Health-care professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck drivers must be DOT-certified.

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Operators pitch in to foil suicide attempt, take two

It was truckers to the rescue again Monday in Minneapolis as a suicidal man stood poised to jump, hanging onto nothing more than the outside of a chain-link fence at the edge of a 25-foot-high bridge over I-94. A trooper on the scene, Carl Hoffman, took a page from the Tuscaloosa, Ala., police's handbook and asked the operators of several tractor-dry van rigs that had been stuck in the traffic that backed up around the ...

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ATTN Charleston port haulers: boosted cash incentive

The folks at Cascade Sierra Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting operators with opportunities to boost environmental friendliness and operational profitability, sent a notice today any Charleston, S.C., port haulers will want to take notice of, particularly if you've been waiting for the right opportunity to get rid of that pre-1994 model truck you can't otherwise unload. Incentives for CSS's Charleston port truck replacement program will increase from $5,000 to $10,000 beginning this week. "The voluntary ...

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Excerpting ‘Roll On,’ a novel by Fred Afflerbach

The book is out, owner-operators. And what a book it is, telling the story, as I've written here, of owner-operator Ubi Sunt, an old-school "bedbugger" and child of the orphan trains facing down in the early 1980s an incoming rush of new faces, new ways of doing business, new pressure from his family to settle down and if not new, then certainly increased talk of a nationwide independent owner-operator shutdown he wants no part of. Afflerbach ...

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Colin Stuart’s ‘Working Class,’ shown in Knoxville this weekend

Just as I was wrapping up my time at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this past Saturday, April 14, what would pull into the lot at Knoxville, Tenn.'s Chilhowee Park on East Magnolia but this stupendous custom 1984 Peterbilt 359, the usually heavy-hauling (he had on a load of pallets Saturday) Working Class of Harvard, Ill.-based Colin Stuart. Stuart was on hand with trucking troubadour Leland Martin, who performed Saturday afternoon and whose latest record is ...

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New hotel-search iPhone app from Booking.com

Need a hotel last-minute on the road? The new free Booking.com Tonight app for the iPhone taps into the Booking.com website's global listings for more than 200,000 hotels and other accommodations and offers some built-in price discounts for many, the company says. The app's geared toward last-minute bookings and thus may be particularly useful for drivers. Simple, with one tap the app can retrieve all the available hotels in your immediate area, including special last-minute deals. Hotels are ...

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Scenes from the Southeastern Regional Truck Show

It was a great day out at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tenn., for Neil Trucking independent owner-operator Robert Neil (pictured) of McDowell, Va., who hauls flat freight in large part for Rockingham Steel of Harrisonburg, Va. He's showing his duo of respective 1985 (gold) and 1986 (white, pictured below) Marmon tractors in addition to, behind the 1986 model on a Fontaine stepdeck, a 1949 Ford F3 and 1968 Chevy ...

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Latest job rankings: ‘Truck driver’ gains to 128

  Next time you encounter a bear with an attitude, remember you may well not be dealing with a happy man -- or woman, as it were. As a highway hauler, your occupation is ranked far ahead of "Highway Patrol Officer" and "Police Officer" in CareerCast.com's top 200 job rankings this year. Smokey Bear came in at 157 and his more local variant at 163, while since I wrote in February 2011 about the rankings, listed from "best to ...

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