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Good to the last drop with trucker-invented Bottle Buddy

A story in the Akron Beacon-Journal from last week detailed the inventing prowess of dump-truck driver for Barbicas Construction and former long-hauler Charlene Cook, of Akron, Ohio. She unveiled her gizmo, the Last Drop Bottle Buddy, at the Invention and New Product Exposition, or INPEX, outside Pittsburgh June 16-18. The Bottle Buddy is essentially a sturdy stand and a cup on which you can place all manner of bottles to drain the last of their contents -- while ...

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I-24 lanes closed on weekend

I-24 between mile markers 57 and 59 in Tennessee will be reduced to two lanes in each direction beginning June 25 at 8 p.m.

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‘Sexiest trucker alive’ goes to the Himalayas; more from Alaska

According to an interview published at the website of Esquire magazine, Ice Road Truckers star and Alaskan Dalton Highway hauler Lisa Kelly (pictured; photo by Rick Gershon of the History Channel) is not only the “sexiest trucker alive.” What’s more, she was speaking w/ Esquire writer Erik Price on sat phone from the Himalayas in Southeast Asia. “I'm shooting for another trucking show. We're hauling cement, water... sheep one time — just anything we can find," ...

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My first run behind the wheel

Next time you ask if I've driven before, I can at least say "yes" before the qualifiers (well, "at 40 mph, if that," "with an automatic transmission," "no trailer on") begin. A visit to Schneider National headquarters in Green Bay, Wis., to bear witness to the truckload carrier's 75th Anniversary celebration June 10 yielded unexpected delights, let's say.  First, though, I got to try out one of the company's simulators. At the the Schneider Driver Training Center, company safety VP Don Osterberg and driver-trainer Dale ...

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Diesel prices creeping up

After five weeks of declines, the price gained 3.3 cents to $2.961 in the latest week.

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‘Big Cat Trucker’ offers new-driver advice at Great West

Rick Sylvester (pictured) started making videos at his hometown church in Houston about five years ago. From there, he says, his online productions “just took off.”  Shortly after he started his trucking career, Sylvester launched a YouTube channel documenting his first year and a half as a driver, shooting, editing and posting his own videos about trucking school and time on the road. Today, that channel has more than 600 subscribers, and he has attracted upwards of ...

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Familiar name added to tractor-pull nationals’ list of sponsors

The team behind Mobil Delvac heavy duty diesel engine oil will sponsor the 35th annual Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull, June 24-27 in Tomah, Wis. The event boasts six sessions of action-packed pulling over the course of the four days, and it's one of the largest motorsports events in the Midwest.  This year's competition is the only event on the National Tractor Pullers Association circuit that hosts all twelve divisions of super national competition, with ...

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Increased patrols planned for I-270

Officers will be looking for dangerous maneuvers, following too closely, impaired drivers, excessive speed and seat-belt use.

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Celebrating Jazzy Jordan, round-up and recap

As I noted in my brief post yesterday, it's wonderful to see Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan looking as happy as she does in this photo, taken just after her 3,162-mile run's finish yesterday in Times Square. Jazzy's father, Lee, had this to say about his daughter's happiness: "She deserves to be that happy. It’s tremendous that she made this." Here here. As I've noted elsewhere, Jordan at 17 is the youngest woman to ever even attempt such a ...

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Congrats, Jazzy

Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan's father, Lee, forwarded this pic my way, taken after her finish just a couple hours ago in Times Square. Doesn't she look happy? Yes, I'd say she does. For my story about her run, check out this month's cover story in Truckers News.

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