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Todd Dills

Trucker a ‘walking miracle’

| June 23, 2009

Local refuse hauler Robert Jay Leffer (pictured with his son, Robert Jr.) of Sanford, N.C., is slowly getting better in the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in the Triangle area, where he's being treated for ...

Hometown Spreckels, Calif., cafe not just for truckers

| June 22, 2009

But I'm sure they're happy, if the Tamp;A Cafe in Spreckels, Calif., just south on Salinas on the Tanimura and Antle produce company's campus is anything like it was described at by food writer ...

Urine disposal, or ‘P bottle’ redux

| June 19, 2009

Trucker Fernando Rimando puts a cap on an ongoing back-and-forth on the Truckers News letters page we noted in this post from March, about proper disposal of bottles of urine at truckstops. Rimando's e-mail to ...

Truck fleet combats high diesel prices

| June 18, 2009

In case you needed a reminder as diesel prices inch upward, at the the Northeast Pennsylvania Logistics amp; Transportation Industry Partnership's Go-Green Seminar today (held at Sands Spring Country Club in the town of Drums) ...

Traffic blows up

| June 17, 2009

Mathematicians at MIT have built a model to describe "how and under what conditions" so-called "phantom traffic jams," those without any obvious cause like a wreck or disabled vehicle, form on the roadways. An article ...

Border backups

| June 16, 2009

A recent report in the Maktoob Transport Business journal noted a huge hold-up for truckers driving into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates as Saudi officials reportedly began fingerprinting all drivers coming into the ...

A great guy still going

| June 15, 2009

Overdrive Trucker of the Year for 2005, Ted Chapman (pictured), made it into print again -- this time for his adoration of the Peterbilt trucks he has driven in his more than 7 million accident-free ...

N.H. ‘truck museum’ puts classics up for auction

| June 12, 2009

Heavy-equipment operator Richard Kemp of Hillsborough, N.H., passed away in September of 2007 at age 76, but his informal truck museum, with a collection of seveal vintage Macks, Internationals, Sterlings and other trucks and pieces ...

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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