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Downtime pursuits: More road music from Tennessee

Tony Justice moving down the roadFirst up, Allen Smith over at AsktheTrucker.com reports Tony Justice (featured in the blog here and here and last month in Truckers News) will be performing at a pre-Grammy Awards showcase in Hollywood Feb. 12. Congrats, Tony! If you haven't seen it as yet, look for his excellent "On the Road" trucking-country record at Pilot stores nationwide. For more about the show, check out the AsktheTrucker.com story here. Cumberland Collective revisitedSecondly, I ...

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What you may not know about the EOBR bill

Since I reported on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's attempts to gain new regulatory authority over interstate drivers relative to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program's now-internal Driver Safety Measurement System last summer, new wrinkles have emerged in Senate bill S.1950. This bill caused an uproar over the fact that it would, among other things, mandate electronic onboard recorders for hours of service compliance for virtually all interstate carriers. But, as they say, the lead ...

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‘Courtesy not necessarily contagious': UPS driver after 50 accident-free years

Ohio resident and UPS driver Ron "Big Dog" Sowder (pictured) started his career with UPS in 1962 after serving in the Navy and answering an employment ad. On January 25, the driver marked 50 years hauling for the company -- all of it without an accident. Sowder's 4 million-plus safe miles have made him the longest-serving active member of the company elite "Circle of Honor" group of UPS safe drivers with 25-plus years of service ...

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Operator to train in CNN’s Fit Nation program this year

“I was on my way back to Texas and didn’t have a webcam," says Roadrunner Transportation Services contractor Glenn Keller about the circumstances in which he filmed what has become a winning entry to take part in CNN's 2012 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. "I pulled off the interstate, went into a Walmart and bought what I figured would be my last bucket of chicken wings and a webcam. I sat there in the seat of ...

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‘Leave Tony alone’ — An owner-operator on the truck stop tiger

Animal rights advocates are a vocal bunch, as I've found out over the course of the last several years. Write word one about Tony, the tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, La., and you can pretty much place your bets on a blizzard of commentary coming your way. Until recently, much of that commentary, including some of it from actual driver readers of the blog here, has taken the side of the ...

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‘Monkey gouger’ Jimmy Ardis beats the odds to 4 million safe miles

Owner-operator Jimmy Ardis of Sumter, S.C., leased to Moultrie, Ga.-based Sapp Trucking, learned to drive "in a 1971 International 4070 cabover with a 250 Cummins in it," he says, running to the West Coast and back. He'd driven farm tractors prior to that. "I pretty well had it mastered by the time I went over the road." This might be a story emblematic of so many owner-operators', but for the fact that, as is well evident ...

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Trucking fruit in Obama’s energy, manufacturing messages

If you missed last night's State of the Union address, the President followed in predecessors' footsteps by detailing a veritable laundry list of election-year policy initiatives with no small measure of specific requests for the deadlocked Congress -- many of which, it's sure, will not see the light of day this year. All the same, Obama's vision for boosting American economic prospects holds potential good news for drivers in the area of future infrastructure rebuilding, and ...

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Divine intervention at its best: A truck accident in Guam

What happens when a loaded straight dump loses its brakes on a downhill run and collides head-on with a tanker truck loaded with jet fuel? Not what you might expect. Reporter Brett Kelman, writing in the Pacific Daily News, reports that Guam Governor Eddie Calvo (pictured) was proclaiming the relatively ho-hum aftermath, with mostly minor injuries, as an act of God. On the way to the big collision, the dump missed the governor by a mere ...

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New blog from Women in Trucking

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) recently launched an online forum at womenintruckingblog.com, to add a more interactive blog to their long-extant online presence at womenintrucking.org. “Drivers are some of the most technologically advanced people I know and many of them interact via social media each day,” said Ellen Voie, WIT’s President/CEO.  “By offering this forum we can give our members the opportunity to connect with others who share their involvement in trucking and to learn ...

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Meet the maker of the Cubby Buddy truck toolbox

I've written about the toolbox before, which you may remember. Since then, says Debbie Zehrer, wife and business partner of owner-operator Jeff Zehrer (both pictured), the Cubby Buddy toolbox system has added models, with a total 10 to choose from. If you've been looking for a good system for your truck, you can give them a look at CubbyBuddy.com. I had the great opportunity yesterday to talk with Jeff and Debbie. Leased to small fleet Hensley ...

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