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Todd Dills

Checking in with ‘Truckers against CARB’ — rally, public meeting Thursday

| April 22, 2014

Video interview with Loren Hutnick about his "Truckers Against CARB" rally planned for Thursday in Sacramento, as CARB takes up public comment on the flexibility-enhancement provisions it introduced earlier in the year.

‘Anne Ferro would be proud’…

| April 21, 2014

One ridealong pit bull that will be familiar to regular readers would "make Anne Ferro proud with his berth time and breaks..." More on rescued "Buddy Roe" and his travels from hauler Mary Hanlon.

New project truck for owner-operator Rick Weisheit: ’78 KWImage Gallery

| April 19, 2014

Bouncing back from a severe case of psoriasis, Rick Weisheit Jr. embarks on a custom build with a 1978 Kenworth W900.

Unveiling: ‘Monkey Gouger’ travel center

| April 17, 2014

With the official unveiling still several weeks off, owner-operator Jimmy Ardis, a recipient of one of TA Petro's Citizen Driver Award recognitions, got an early look at his name up on the marquee at the recently renamed Manning, S.C., TA near his hometown.

Melvin Davis’ new ‘Hillbilly Hilton’ fresh out of the body shopImage Gallery

| April 16, 2014

The 2000 Freightliner Classic's 163-inch custom-built sleeper now comes equipped with a full-size shower and bed, easy chair, table, a full closet and a kitchen counter with a sink, refrigerator, microwave and cook stove.

Ice climber scales cow trailer, film at 11Image Gallery

| April 14, 2014

A few outtakes from the April Overdrive cover shoot with owner-operator Matt Hopkins.

Christopher Vallee builds a caboverImage Gallery

| April 12, 2014

Photos of a work in progress from the Alaska-based seasonal hauler and custom model truck builder: Plus more vintage 1970s Overdrive magazines, collected...

Thursday round-up: CARB protest, highway babies, apnea follow-up

| April 10, 2014

Owner-operator Loren Hutnick leads a rally, driver Mike Hawthorne packs a birthing kit, and Kenneth Dice decides fighting for a CDL is not worth it when authorities can't even make heads or tails of what's required relative to sleep apnea and medical certification...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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