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Todd Dills

Bringing a trucker home

| May 22, 2009

Shawna Hicks wrote us last week with a request. Her father, Allen, of Orem, Utah, was missing. Before we could get word out about the search, he was found deceased in a Hagerstown, Md., truckstop. ...

Bring on the COEs

| May 21, 2009

The show-truck landscape in the United States is undoubtedly dominated by the conventional tractor. By and large, too, though aerodynamic packages have seen play in some recent custom creations (perhaps most notably in the International ...

Video blogging to lose weight

| May 20, 2009

Trucker Steve Jennings of LaFollette, Tenn., is on a quest to lose weight, he tells us -- and not just us. He's chronicling said quest on YouTube. Follow his progress here on his channel or ...

Music for ‘Hard Times’

| May 19, 2009

Volume 2 of the CD series Truckers Tracks, dubbed "Hard Times," is out now from Nashville's Spec Records, brainchild of musician and producer Doug Jones. When Doug Jones moved to Music City in the 1990s ...

New Autocar/White antique truck books

| May 18, 2009

divdivFrom the folks at Iconographix in Wisconsin come two new collections of photography of, respectively, Autocar and White trucks of the 1950s, both out last week. Large-format perfect bound softcover books with excellent photo ...

The Channel 19 counting method

| May 14, 2009

Local news outlets around the nation have been full of them lately, stories detailing the difficulties for drivers and owner-operators far and wide. You've seen some mentioned here (extended wait times between loads and the ...

Big hearts, many miles, sweet songs

| May 13, 2009

Tennessee DOT making waves

| May 12, 2009

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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