Nashville

‘Mobile mansion’ bus build for Band Perry on TV

A Hemphill Brothers coach conversion, featuring a mobile recording studio, was featured on the Travel Channel Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. ET. More on the outfitter here.

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Toyo wagers against the apocalypse

Toyo Tires new sweepstakes offers free tires to all world citizens should the apocalypse happen as the Mayan calendar seems to predict -- easy bet? You bet...

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Hauling expedited — in a Nissan?

Morris Finley hauls expedited freight (mostly auto parts destined for final air leg to assembly plants) in and around Nashville, Tenn., in a 2012 two-skid-capable Nissan NV2500 high-top cargo van.

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PHOTOs: Bridgestone’s retread process, tire maintenance and more

A pictorial tour through Bridgestone's La Vergne, Tenn., North American Manufacturing Education Center and retread plant.

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Cabover fanatics, this one’s for you: 1973 K100 vid

Bill Bradford's video of the restoration of his antique Kenworth COE.

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Farm to market in style — Bill Blankenship’s 1978 W900A

Bill Blankenship, who with his son, Jerry, runs the McMinnville-based Blankenship Farms & Nursery business, found this member of the 1978 class of Kenworth's long-running W900 model eight years ago, buying it to haul the products of his business. Today, after a long restore-and-rebuild process, he hauls trees to customers week-in, week-out -- "32 trips this year," he says. It's something of a miracle that had the truck sitting pretty out among the show and antique ...

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Get the Xtra Lease size/weight guide in free download

I first came across Xtra Lease's wonderfully comprehensive annual size and weight guide back in late 2010, when covering the grand opening of the company's new Nashville terminal location, following the flooding that made its old location on the banks of the Cumberland River a wreck. The guide is a great resource, not only for size and weight regs. Take a look at the page images posted below for the kind of detail that's available ...

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ATHS Music City Chapter kicks off the new year

Thanks to Rhonda Reagan (pictured) for the invite to the American Truck Historical Society Music City Chapter's year-beginning meeting and auction this past Saturday, Jan. 14. Held at an elementary school in Lebanon, Tenn., the event drew a crowd near 100 strong, made up of members and their families as well as representatives from other regional ATHS chapters like the Smoky Mountains chapter in Knoxville, among others. All told, says Reagan, the organization nearly doubled ...

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A turn in the road for owner-operator R.C. Barnes

Since I shared his "Old Glory" video here on the blog, I've had the opportunity to learn more about the man behind the vid: R.C. Barnes ultimately might have more experience behind the wheel of a trucking business than any other hauler on the highway today. “I’ve heard there’s two guys out here who are as old as I am,” says the 77-year-old Youngstown, Ohio, resident, “but nobody who’s been out here as long as ...

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Cumberland Collective: Road music to keep an ear out for

I had the rare opportunity to pay witness to a recording session Wednesday night in Nashville at Blackbird Studios -- a group called the Cumberland Collective (a couple of members of which I'm familiar with via the folks-in-their-30s-with-kids-needing-an-occasional-babysitter circuit) had opened up the doors on the 45-track studio to turn the 10-hour session into something of a drop-in-and-hangout affair, inviting family, friends and others. With several songwriters of widely varying styles among them -- principally Mike ...

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