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Todd Dills

Pure Grain’s ‘Truckin Song’

| April 02, 2009

Headed up by OTR driver Chris Taber, the Cincinnati by way of Nashville band Pure Grain blends honkytonk with traditional country, blues and rock 'n' roll toward a hard-driving sound exemplified by "Truckin Song" (check ...

Wacky world trucks

| April 01, 2009

British auto insurance portal hosts a list of the "10 Wackiest Trucks in the World," which include this "Big Rig Jig" sculpture by New York artist Mike Ross, built from two repurposed tractors and ...

Long-haul heist

| March 31, 2009

Well, not exactly, but what might be the next best thing is the story of 43-year-old tow driver Ollie Ray Whitworth of Fort Worth, Texas, and his 18-year-old son, Ollie Ray Jr., who were directed ...

New highway hero

| March 30, 2009

"I don't wear a cape, I don't have a mask. I can't leap tall buildings in a single bound. I'm no hero." Such were the words of Pennsylvania-based trucker George Lantzy in a March 18 ...

Ice road drivers on ‘Today’ show

| March 27, 2009

Seems no one can get enough of the truckers who run the ice road to diamond mines in far northern Canada. If you hadn't gotten enough of the ice road truckers via the History Channel's ...

New ‘Trucker’ app for iPhone

| March 26, 2009

Allen Smith, webmaster of the site/blog and author of the e-book of the same name, has introduced the Trucker app for the iPhone, now available in a ">Lite" version via and the Apple ...

No ‘speeding ticket frenzy’ in Michigan

| March 25, 2009

Contrary to the dire warnings of a widely circulated e-mail, says the Michigan Department of Transportation, there is no 31-day speeding-ticket bonanza in the offing on the Great Lakes State's highways. The e-mail is a ...

Local news

| March 24, 2009

Draeger Oil Co. fuel hauler Bob Stickney of Antigo, Wis., was featured in the "Day in the Life" series of reports on local WSAW news channel 7. Right with him throughout the story, in which ...

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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