Carolyn Magner

Roadside Attractions

A coffee cup collection, the weird case of Jabin Bogan, when patriotism turns to trouble and other interesting trucking industry items, plus Truck Gauges and Truck Gallery are featured.

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Chatting with Aaron Tippin at Uncle Pete’s

I bet you I-40 regulars know Uncle Pete's -- formerly Tennessee 40 -- at 1210 Sparta Pike in Lebanon, Tenn., at I-40. It might well give any stop east of the Mississippi a run for the money for the "most distinctive" honor. Adorning its walls is a collection of more than "4,875 coffee cups," says Uncle Pete Norman himself, owner. "Never bought one, but I've drank out of every one." Pete's special proprietary bean blend ground ...

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Truckercising through the years with FedEx Freight driver Joe Martin

It's been a long time since I was introduced to driver Joe Martin (pictured, with Ice "Road Trucker" Alex Debogorski), creator of the Truckercise DVD. My colleague at Truckers News Carolyn Magner wrote about Martin in 2008 as part of a series of health profiles that year. Martin produced the DVD based on exercises he'd been doing in the cab "for 22 years," he says today, "and it works." Then as now, the exercise regime detailed ...

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Rhetoric on Tony the Truckstop Tiger boils over into truckstop villification

It's been a little while since I checked in on the efforts by animal-rights activists and others -- including a large coterie of truck drivers -- to force owners of the Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, La., to give up their caged Bengal tiger, Tony. The latest efforts including a lawsuit filed this week whose plaintiffs are the "Animal Legal Defense Fund and former state Rep. Warren Triche Jr.," reported the Associated Press. Plaintiffs are ...

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Show to focus on personal safety

"Crime Against Truckers – Protection on the Road" airs April 14 online.

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