September 2001

| February 01, 2002

Love’s Travel Stop opened a location in Anna, Texas, its 23rd in the state.

Guilty of murder in the ambush shotgun slaying of Howard Alexander of Elkmont, Ala., is Jeff Jones, co-owner of Decatur, Ala., trucking company Rapid Express. Witnesses said the dispute was over a truck Jones had repossessed from Alexander.

Williams TravelCenters raised a record $365,000 for Junior Achievement through its 4th annual Williams TravelCenters Golf Classic at Hermitage Golf Course in Nashville, Tenn.

Sirius Satellite Radio will offer The Midnight Cowboy Trucking Radio Network 24 hours a day, seven days a week nationwide beginning late this year. Sirius will also offer four sports and entertainment channels from ABC Radio Network and 24-hour programming from E! Entertainment Television and E! Online.

The Truckload Carriers Association awarded Wanda Legette-Gause the $3,000 Kai Norris Memorial Scholarship and Holli Stork the $3,000 Thomas Welby Memorial Scholarship for the 2001-02 school year. The association also awarded 15 other scholarships worth $2,000 apiece.

The International Roadcheck 2001 was completed with 95 more truck inspections than last year; 8.4 percent fewer vehicles had violations. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance gave a Level 1 inspection to 42,795 commercial trucks operating in North America.

C.R. England now gives drivers, for a limited time, a choice after six months of leasing: keep leasing, hire on as company drivers, or simply walk away with no obligations. If the driver decides to stay with the company, unused maintenance reserve money may be used as a down payment on a truck.

Honored trucker recovering from stroke

Ted and Dolores Travis of Marion, Ky., the husband-wife owner-operators named 2001 Overdrive Truckers of the Year, report that Ted is expected to make a 99 percent recovery from the stroke he suffered in April.

In fact, the couple hopes to be back on the road this fall. “I don’t think he’d be satisfied, or me either, if we weren’t,” Dolores says, adding that they’re getting tired of sitting around the house. “I don’t know which of us will go crazy first!”

The Travises are selling their flame-red 2000 Peterbilt, Memory Maker, because it didn’t make sense to keep up the payments, Dolores says. When their carrier of nearly 19 years, National Carriers of Liberal, Kan., heard the news, it offered them another truck – an offer they’ll probably accept, she says.

“We’ve had a lot of company and a lot of calls and a lot of flowers, and we sure do appreciate it,” Dolores Travis says.

- Andy Duncan

Bekins presented four agents with the Overall Sales Leader award, seven agents with the Booker of the Year award, 10 agents with the Outstanding Low Claims award, and 10 agents with the Sales Growth Leader award.

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