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Awesome trucks and the fruits of debate: Two events upcoming

Round-up of two events upcoming: the big 2nd Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention meeting Oct. 27-28 and the ATHS Cookeville, Tenn., truck show Sept. 27-28.

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Two custom ’80s Petes for the cabover fanatics

These two Peterbilt 362s, owned by Dustin Kunkel and John Bradford, respectively, we caught out at the Crossville, Tenn., show of the ATHS Music City Chapter.

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FMCSA shuts down Tennessee carrier for multiple violations

The agency said it found multiple federal violations in hours-of-service compliance, driver qualification requirements, drug and alcohol testing and vehicle maintenance.

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Four more truck stops get electrification

Plug-in-power stations have been installed at four truck stops: Southern Pride Truck Plaza at Exit 16 on I-24 at Paducah, Ky.; Big Easy Travel Plaza at Exit 239 on I-10 in New Orleans.; The Tennessean Truck Stop at Exit 22 on I-65 in Cornersville, Tenn.; The I-40 Travel Center at Exit 35 on I-40 in Ozark, Ark. Each site has 24 truck parking spaces at which drivers can plug their vehicles into electrical connections. Plug-in pedestals ...

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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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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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Two J&S Petes — views from a new custom player

The combination of the J&S Truck and Trailer Sales dealer in Knoxville, Tenn., and J&S Body Shop, run by Benny Coffey in nearby Corryton, showed these two newly restored / customized Petes at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville last month. They're lookers, that's certain, and both on sale at the J&S sales installation at 2816 John Deer Dr. in Knoxville. The sleeper truck on the left is a 2005 Peterbilt 379 extended hood with ...

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Holloway Sisters, good music, nice truck, and a joke

Nice truck, don't you think? Drivers, meet the Holloway Sisters, Michelle (right) and Sondra, both of whom we met here next to Jimmy Jabo's custom 1953 Ford F100 on the grounds of Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tenn. at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show a couple weekends back. The sisters performed with their family band, Outta the Blue, headed up with mother and father Nancy and David (also pictured below), well before trucking troubadour Leland Martin took ...

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Heck of a farm truck: Custom 359 single-axle flatbed, with wide singles

Tom Crawford, owner and operator of the Farmer’s Market in Cashiers in far Western North Carolina, showed this custom-restored 1975 Peterbilt 359 flatbed daycab, outfitted with Michelin wide singles on the single axle rear end, at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville April 13 and 14. It was one among many I saw there that, well, I'd never seen anything quite like before. You? Before he began the custom restore on it, the unit, powered ...

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