Nashville

Happiness; UK producers seek ‘World’s Toughest Trucker’

Happiness There's no other way to describe this picture, eh? It's Virginia Kirk, general manager of the TA C-store and fuel islands in Nashville, Tenn., during the location's grand reopening last week. It's "awesome" to be back up and running, she told me Friday after being closed for nine months. Kirk's addition of the "Welcome to Music City" tag above the front door into the stop, made prior to the flooding, resulted in the Music City thematics of ...

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Nashville downtown TA back open after flooding

Since Feb. 3, haulers traversing the north side of Nashville's downtown mini-loop coming from I-40 or I-24 West may have noticed a special postcard (pictured) delivered to them in the form of a billboard just ahead of the I-24/I-40 split. For nine months, the old TA billboard there displayed the message you see below, which was changed to a "coming soon" message at the start of the new year . Well, the TravelCenters of America location ...

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Got snow?

Here in the Southeast (though in Nashville I'm approaching the region's northern edge), it's been uncommonly wintry this week, as you can see from this pic, taken at the Love's on Trinity Lane at I-65. Further South, things have been much worse, though, evidenced in part by Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based driver Vernon Cook's 24-hour wait at an I-285 junction with I-75 reported on by the Associated Press here. You can be certain he wasn't the only ...

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Skydiving to the ark: A Channel 19 2010 ‘Year in Review’

It's been a banner year for dramatic, contentious, weird and/or humorous trucking news here on the Channel 19 blog. I can't possibly predict how 2010 will be remembered years down the line, but read through the lens of this blog, well, it was nothing short of tumultuous, containing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. (Readers, an informal poll, if I may: what is the most memorable among the Channel 19 posts or ...

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Helpful partner — Western Express driver Derek Dorsey

Not only is longtime Western Express driver Derek Dorsey a great asset to the Nashville, Tenn.-headquartered fleet -- company recruiting director Matt Neal calls him "our go-to guy, great with customers, great with training new drivers” and "one of our absolute best" -- he's also quite accommodating to everyone he meets, including writer-photographers like me. When I rode along with him to Atlanta from Nashville and back as part of the "Gridlock" feature in this ...

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Trucking up out of the water with Nashville fleets

While the story of the disastrous flooding my hometown experienced last May is still being written in many respects (the downtown TravelCenter of America location, as you'll note from the picture, is still closed), there have been some recent bright moments. Vice President Tim Smith with TCW told me a couple weeks back his carrier's terminal on heavily-affected Visco Dr. in Nashville had been fully rebuilt and was well operating, for instance. And last Wednesday's ...

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Nashville Rush Chrome & Class show winners

Friday I reported from the site of the first annual Chrome & Class Truck Show at the Nashville location of Rush Truck Centers just east-southeast of downtown in Smyrna. If you missed it, read about the first day at Nashville Rush, a story largely about the Eady family of truck owners/builders from Hillsboro, Ala., and their custom 1996 Peterbilt 379, built from the ground up by brothers Hayward and Hayden and run by their father, ...

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Live from the first-annual Nashville “Chrome & Class” truck show

Rex (left) and Hayden Eady are the father (owning and operating) and son (building, along with Hayden's older brother Hayward) pair behind the 1996 custom-built Peterbilt 379 pictured. The Pete, powered by a Caterpillar 3406B and 15-speed tranny, was responsible in large part, says Hayden, for the rechristening of the latter's Hillsboro, Ala.-based Hayden's Truck Repair business as Eadybilt Customs in 2005. With all the custom work his brother and he put into their father's ...

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Ice roads to Dallas; truck lot entertainment schedule for GATS

Next week, it's safe to say that all roads in the North American trucking world lead to Dallas, even the Canadian ice roads -- or at least those typically run by Yellowknife, Canada's Alex Debogorski, past "Ice Road Truckers" star, who will be on hand at the Dallas Convention Center for the Great American Trucking Show Aug. 26-28 at the Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions booth #16089 as part of the Firestone Truck Tire Team. He'll ...

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Work on I-40 in Nashville

This weekend, crews will close lanes on I-40 in both directions.

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