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Curtain falls on new scale house inspection technology, opens on EOBRs

I just finished a visit with Lieutenant James A. McKenzie and troopers at the Greene County, Tenn., scales on I-81, where  among other events I had the perhaps unfortunate occasion to witness an oversize hauler being put out of service due to a brake inefficiency. But perhaps more interestingly, today is the day, McKenzie said, that the pilot program the scale house is conducting to test new wireless roadside inspection (WRI) technology officially ends. It's ...

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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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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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Oh driver where art thou?

Dear driver, I have been hearing there is a shortage of you. Is it because all the owner-operators are succumbing to that CSA 2010 bug and electronic logs? Or are all those newfangled hybrid trucks themselves cross-breeding with a new monster species of broker to drive them out of business? Or, just maybe, since whether by virtue of force or choice home time appears to be up for most people, it's on account of the honey-do lists ...

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APU rebates, Leslie train horns for East Tennessee’s Sams Trucking

Check out my story in the September Overdrive magazine on various financial incentives -- rebates, grants, various low-interest loan programs -- state governments are making available to owner-operators and carriers to encourage the purchase of idle-reduction technologies like APUs, cab heaters and the like, and you'll find in the lead this pic of the new Thermo King TriPac unit on Billy Sams' 2001 custom Peterbilt 379. I got the opportunity when I met Sams in ...

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‘There Is a Cure’ — new song written for breast-cancer-awareness convoy

It's coming up Oct. 16, 2010, following the success of last year's inaugural U.S. event in Texas. At the TravelCenters of America location in Terrell, Texas, on I-20 at exit 503, the Convoy for a Cure for breast cancer will bring together truck drivers for a good cause, keeping alive and spreading the tradition of the initial 2008 convoy of the same name in Ontario, Canada. In advance of the event, reports Texas convoy organizer Cindy Stowe, One Bar Records ...

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Ode to a well-stacked weekend warrior

As we head into Memorial Day weekend it's likely some of you out there will enjoy a rare round of golf with a friend or relative in town for once in a while. My father's coming to town, so I know I will, and it will be a perhaps more-than-rare round indeed. I don't play much -- or well -- that's sure. If only I could tool around the course in the golf cart you see ...

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Grascals tour bus driver ‘Stubob’ Myrick’s Nashville flood tale

Stuart "Stubob" Myrick (pictured) of the Gallatin, Tenn., area paid his driving dues behind the wheel of several dump trucks, in the late 1970s, then logging miles over the road with a grocery-distribution outfit pulling vans and, most recently, a flatbed loaded with empty containers in the private fleet of a container refurbishing company. In short, he's well earned his current gig: "semi-retired," he says, dedicated driver of the Mobil Delvac-sponsored 2001 Prevost coach -- powered by a 500-hp Detroit ...

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Mission USA’s July I-75 “Tour of Hope”

Ed Eubank, pastor of a nondenominational church in northwest Martin, Tenn., is hoping he can "make a better connection with truckers so that we can better serve the people out there in genuine need." Eubank, see, is also the primary man behind the humanitarians at Mission USA (www.missionusa.org), an organization providing relief to families and individuals displaced on the nation's roadways.  "We’ve got  a 40-foot motor home with dry foods," Eubank says. "If we see a family with children who are ...

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UPDATE: Scenes from Nashville trucking central

There's been little to no coverage of a big portion of Nashville's industrial and transportation base, much of it situated along rail tracks north and south of the Cumberland River and east of downtown, that was still, as of yesterday, under water. In my last post, I mentioned Vitran Express and intermodal carrier TCW, both situated, along with other truck operations, Hascall Steel and many other businesses, along the rail tracks in a low area off Hermitage Avenue south ...

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