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Owner-operator ‘Singin’ Sam’ Little launches campaign for governor of Alaska

| January 08, 2010

“Singin’ Sam” Little has dedicated one of the Kenworths in his Little Country small fleet to pull parade floats and other materials during his own 2010 campaign for the governorship of Alaska. The sometime country ...

Cranking up the new year — queue everbody’s favorite Sammy Hagar tune, will you?

| January 06, 2010

With unfortunate toll hikes in New York, haulers got another late Christmas gift with the new year in the implementation of an Illinois state law that raised maximum interstate speed limits, formerly split between 55 and 65 mph for trucks and cars, respectively, to an even 65 for both.

Introducing the ‘ice road truckers’ of the South Pole

| January 05, 2010

South African Times-Live correspondent Tiara Walters is the first female writer-in-residence with that country's team of research scientists probing the barren landscape of the South Pole, and her Pole Dancing blog recently chronicled the team's ...

Best coffee on the road?

| January 04, 2010

The Knoxville News-Sentinel newspaper reports that Pilot Travel Centers is launching several new marketing campaigns in our new year, including not only a new Facebook fan page but an extension of the one suggested by the image included here. As News-Sentinel reporters put it, "The company’s fleet of 325 tanker trucks now display the message 'Best Coffee on the Interstate' on the back panel of their trailers, a nod to recent recognition from the readers of Truckers News magazine."

New vid: an interview with Truckstar Radio host Daniel Audet

| December 31, 2009

A video interview with Truckstar Radio host Daniel Audet

Permitting Tony the truckstop tiger

| December 30, 2009

After a year and more of challenges to the legality of Tony the truckstop tiger's residence at the Gross Tete, La., Tiger Truck Stop by animal rights activists, the AP reports the owners have obtained ...

‘Most Wanted’ lumper apprehended in Phoenix

| December 29, 2009

After a twisting series of events that included a reported call from an over-the-road hauler stating a fugitive featured in August on the 'America's Most Wanted' television program was in the cab of his truck, ...

Helping friends in need: Arrow drivers find support among fellow truckers

| December 28, 2009

Over the Christmas weekend, legions of truck drivers reached out to help former employees of recently closed Arrow Trucking get home. After the company announced its closing Dec. 22 and reportedly instructed drivers to turn their trucks in at dealerships around the country, offering $200 or a bus ticket from there, the mammoth effort of getting drivers home wouldn't have been possible without the outpouring of help from fellow drivers feeling the giving spirit of the holidays.

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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