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Todd Dills

Prominent coverage of truckstop chaplain

| September 29, 2009

Chaplain Joe Hunter's Truckstop Ministries, Inc., organization just got a bump in attention -- at least from people outside the trucking community. CNN ran a story about Hunter and his ministry on their site, part ...

Ohio owner-operator drives away with sweepstakes rig

| September 28, 2009

It was quite the scene at Randally-Reilly Publishing headquarters in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday. The publishers of Custom Rigs magazine -- whose parent mag is Overdrive -- flew in the winner of its first-ever sweepstakes, ...

Commercial driver texting ban gets media legs

| September 25, 2009

In advance of U.S. DOT's finally scheduled "distracted driving summit" next week, it might come as no surprise that the alliance of safety groups known as Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety ( held a ...

Meet TruckerDesiree

| September 24, 2009

The subject of my "Exit Only" column in this month's Truckers News was one among many lights of a new cadre of social-media-savvy advocates in the trucking community. Desiree Wood (pictured) is her name, and ...

Truckers pitch in to foil suicide attempt

| September 23, 2009

In Overdrive's home base of Tuscaloosa, Ala., yesterday, several truckers pitched in to help police foil a suicide attempt on the I-20/59 bridge over MacFarland Blvd. A nice gallery of pictures from the scene show, ...

Changing Channels

| September 22, 2009

A not-so-modest proposal from licensed ham operator and truck driver for breaking the Channel 19 cacophony Delaware-based Metro...

Lighthouse comes to N.C. truckstop

| September 22, 2009

If the shine on the stainless in their new chrome shop wasn't enough to get your attention, the Kenly 95 TA Truckstop in Kenly, N.C., has unveiled a 65-ft. lighthouse to send a beacon to ...

‘Horsepower’ host tries hand at diesels

| September 21, 2009

Navistar's Maxxforce engines and their 2010 emissions technologies might be the only heavy-duty diesels to have ever had their own television show -- the new Maxxforce TV website debuted in the last couple weeks and ...

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 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 or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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