Todd Dills

J marks the spot: Running with Jazzy in Nashville, Tenn.

Or, actually, Donelson and Hermitage, both part of Metro Nashville, and then into Mt. Juliet briefly on a trek that was a personal best for me in terms of uninterrupted, long-distance running. I achieved 4.6 miles over the course of the first 50 minutes Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan ran Tuesday morning. The 17-year-old is on her way across the United States to benefit the St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund and highlight trucking industry health needs. ...

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Long-haul quilting bee

This blog, in addition my Exit Only column in Truckers News, has been in part devoted to the off-highway pursuits of the nation's haulers. It'd be impossible for me to count the drivers I've talked to engaged in advocacy, trucking image-buiding efforts, music, arts, new-media activities and so much more. But the Wall Street Journal has just scooped me big-time by highlighting a driver pursuit that might be about as far away from your father's downtime activity as is possible. ...

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Don’t miss the ‘Class Act’ on the show lot at MATS

“Class Act,” a 1995 Peterbilt 379 (pictured) in the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Show competition ending today in Louisville, isn’t your typical truck show entry. It’s not the creation of an owner-operator, custom shop, fleet or dealer. The folks who beautified this truck, in some cases, don’t even have their driver’s license. “Class Act” was restored from scrap condition (see before pic below) by 35 high school students from the Clarion County Career Center ...

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Highlighting cargo theft

One week after St. Patrick’s Day,  on Wednesday my hometown newspaper, the Rock Hill, S.C., Herald, reported that a locked trailer hooked to driver Barry Cousar’s tractor, parked at the Lake Marian Truck Stop on U.S. 21 at I-77, was burglarized. Bandits made off with $28,000 worth of green highlighters, prompting reporter Kimberly Dick to ask the obvious question of the thieves' intent. Among numerous jokes about marathon fume huffing at the paper's website, one commenter quipped, “The ...

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Volume 3 of ‘Truckers Tracks’ — and a new song for Jazzy Jordan — debuts

When Doug Jones moved to Nashville, Tenn., from Delaware in the 1990s, he was a musician, but the guitar and harmonica player was in town at the invitation of longtime friend and former late-80s-era Allman Brothers keyboardist Johnny Neel, who had launched his Straight-Up Sound Studio on Nashville’s south side to do session and production work. “I was a musician,” says Jones, “but I didn’t know much about the business of music.” You might remember from ...

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Local fame for Goodyear highway-hero finalist

The Gloucester Times of Gloucester, Mass., reported on the heroic achievements of one of the town's own this weekend -- Stephen Page, driver for Pit Bull Trucking, was on I-80 July last year near Clearfield, Pa., when he noticed fire along the roadside and inspected it to find a tractor pulling doubles on having run off the road and burst into flames. The driver was unconscious. Page, with the help of another driver, managed to ...

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Health care bill offers immediate changes

The majority of the structural changes to the health insurance system will take effect in 2014.

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Monday-morning wake-up call

I imagine many readers will have already taken note of the horrifying video of the Rona Williams' Renault Clio hooked sideways to the front bumper of a big Arclid Transport cabover running at highway speeds on the UK's A1 freeway for a minute or more before the rig's driver noticed he'd been involved in an accident, as reports have said. If you haven't seen that vid -- taken from another motorist's phone, it looks like -- it can be ...

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Beating the Dutch — women truckers fire at Guinness World Record

I'd bet you didn't know it, but the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of female truck drivers was set by an all-woman truck convoy held in 2004 in the Netherlands. At least so say the folks trying to beat it at the Mid-America Trucking Show next week. As reported on several blogs and industry sites in the past week, the Women in Trucking organization's "Salute to Women Behind the Wheel" event is well ...

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‘A door just opened': Jason’s Law gains steam

What might well go down in history as the biggest trucking story of 2009, at least as goes drivers' efforts to push for industry change for the better, is that of Jason's Law, named after N.Y.-based driver Jason Rivenburg after he was robbed and gunned down while parked at an abandoned grocery in South Carolina. I've written about it here several times in various contexts; sorry if this background is a big repetition. The bill ...

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