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Podcast: A look back at Watermelon Slim’s trucking blues live in Nashville, Tuscaloosa

Bill "Watermelon Slim" Homans in 2010, upon release of his "Escape from the Chicken Coop" record of trucking blues, playing his solo slide at Carol Ann's in Nashville and at Overdrive HQ in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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VIDEO: How does a weigh station work?

Working in part with truckers following Overdrive's 2014 Florida Pride & Polish, Chris Fiffie of Big Rig Videos turned his camera on the technology, procedures behind the Wildwood, Fla., weigh station

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Jeff Clark for FMCSA Administrator? And: Lookback Tony Justice podcast

Operator Jeff Clark fires up the campaign machine, and a lookback podcast performance from Tony Justice -- Dave Dudley's "Six Days on the Road" and Justice's own "Who Needs Heaven."

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Audio mailbag: Minimum interstate age should be 18, insurance barriers to new owner-operators

Podcast round-up of some reader voices on minimum interstate driving age, insurance challenges for young owner-operators, hours, parking and more.

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Strike! For .. lower freight rates?

Errant headline from a Colombian driver strike. Also: More on fuel surcharges: 3 in 4 readers collecting/charging fuel surcharges per mile report a base mpg between 5 and 7.

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A little ‘music to truck by’

A SoundCloud playlist here compiling music you've heard over the years here on Channel 19, among other tracks. For future playlists, send your recommendations ...

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Two new books for the kids

One from close to home -- children's book "Papa Doug Hauls Strawberries and Smiles" from the TN Trucking Foundation -- and former driver Susan Burton's "My Auntie Susan Drives a Big Truck."

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‘Hold the line’ — former ‘black hawk down’ Army ranger’s message of endurance, persistence

Podcast: Thomas spoke, telling the story of his Somalia experience, and performed the song this past Thursday to open the Conversion Interactive / TCA recruiting, retention conference.

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Strong voices on parking

Conversations on the situation continue in the wake of mainstream media attention to truckers' parking needs.

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One bull hauler’s mid-1980s test

The 1979 Kenworth W900 -- pictured above hooked to a 1976 Barrett cattle trailer -- is the truck Don Christner was running as a company driver in 1985 when the story below took place. Before that, as a 19-year-old in 1984 he took his maiden turn in the KW for Barger Grain Co. out of Wauneta, Neb., as he posted to the Reader Rigs gallery at this link recently. http://instagram.com/p/yncOajMb7g/ "I have a good handful of photos of this truck ...

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