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Do you have Zonkatude? New novel by trucker chronicles band’s 40-year career

| November 17, 2009

Jim Funkhouser, aka J. Gale Morrison, has been a truck driver "for 22 years," he says. "I am thinking about making a career out of it!"All the same, via the website thezonks.com, he's begun to ...

Trucking stars on the rise through running — and talking

| November 13, 2009

In October, Truckers News Editor Randy Grider wrote about the extraordinary saga of one Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, a 16-year-old Olympic-caliber runner who began a cross-country run Sept. 1 to bring awareness to the difficulty many ...

Four-wheelers get their fair share

| November 12, 2009

In all the hubbub surrounding the CSA 2010 safety initiative from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which the agency hopes will improve safety among motor carriers and drivers of large trucks when fully implemented, ...

Poetic salute from unlikely quarters

| November 11, 2009

Ann Campanella (pictured) is a journalist-turned-poet whose collection Young amp; Ripe, published by the folks at Charlotte-based Main Street Rag this year, chronicles via short verse the spirit of youth. Her "Six Days on the ...

Owner-operator takes delivery of first Lonestar Harley special edition

| November 10, 2009

Twenty-year trucking veteran and current owner-operator Chris Hawker, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, took delivery in late October of the first Harley special edition of the International Lonestar Class 8 tractor (pictured). In a ceremony in ...

From outside in: Top 10 things learned in a rig on the highway

| November 06, 2009

Joan Duggan Connell (pictured) penned this lead letter in the Speakout department of this month's edition of Overdrive. While we had to run it in short form due to space limitations of the section, for ...

Latest stowaways in UK

| November 05, 2009

The London-based Sun newspaper reported last week on seven men and likewise seven teenagers reportedly from Iraq and Afghanistan discovered in a tanker full of corn starch bound for a town in the Wiltshire region. ...

Trucking; the key to Afghanistan stabilization

| November 04, 2009

At least economically, anyway -- such is the viewpoint of Washington Post defense correspondent, ForeignPolicy.com blogger and Fiasco author Tom Ricks, expressed in a relatively recent missive on the subject here, titled "Keep on Trucking, ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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.

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