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ATTN Charleston port haulers: boosted cash incentive

The folks at Cascade Sierra Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting operators with opportunities to boost environmental friendliness and operational profitability, sent a notice today any Charleston, S.C., port haulers will want to take notice of, particularly if you've been waiting for the right opportunity to get rid of that pre-1994 model truck you can't otherwise unload. Incentives for CSS's Charleston port truck replacement program will increase from $5,000 to $10,000 beginning this week. "The voluntary ...

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Excerpting ‘Roll On,’ a novel by Fred Afflerbach

The book is out, owner-operators. And what a book it is, telling the story, as I've written here, of owner-operator Ubi Sunt, an old-school "bedbugger" and child of the orphan trains facing down in the early 1980s an incoming rush of new faces, new ways of doing business, new pressure from his family to settle down and if not new, then certainly increased talk of a nationwide independent owner-operator shutdown he wants no part of. Afflerbach ...

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A pleasant difference between our former and present carriers

Our former carrier told us where to go and when. Our present carrier allows us to call ahead to confirm pick up and delivery details. It's better this way.

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Oh what a tangled web we weave

Dear Carolyn, I met a really nice gal through a dating website. We hit it off and have so much in common it’s like we were meant to be. Her dad is a trucker so she even understands the life. We've made plans to meet in a few weeks and are both very excited to finally get together in real life. However, I have one big problem. I sent her an old photo of me when I ...

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Tire whack-a-mole

Goodyear shows off its DuraSeal puncture-battling technology.

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Colin Stuart’s ‘Working Class,’ shown in Knoxville this weekend

Just as I was wrapping up my time at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this past Saturday, April 14, what would pull into the lot at Knoxville, Tenn.'s Chilhowee Park on East Magnolia but this stupendous custom 1984 Peterbilt 359, the usually heavy-hauling (he had on a load of pallets Saturday) Working Class of Harvard, Ill.-based Colin Stuart. Stuart was on hand with trucking troubadour Leland Martin, who performed Saturday afternoon and whose latest record is ...

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New hotel-search iPhone app from Booking.com

Need a hotel last-minute on the road? The new free Booking.com Tonight app for the iPhone taps into the Booking.com website's global listings for more than 200,000 hotels and other accommodations and offers some built-in price discounts for many, the company says. The app's geared toward last-minute bookings and thus may be particularly useful for drivers. Simple, with one tap the app can retrieve all the available hotels in your immediate area, including special last-minute deals. Hotels are ...

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More in the name of stock

The Diesel Specialists Association released a statement saying it does not support bypassing emissions standards in the name of performance.

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Received a WordPress tour today

We are under load but also in the right place at the right time today to receive a WordPress tour from a pro.

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Scenes from the Southeastern Regional Truck Show

It was a great day out at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tenn., for Neil Trucking independent owner-operator Robert Neil (pictured) of McDowell, Va., who hauls flat freight in large part for Rockingham Steel of Harrisonburg, Va. He's showing his duo of respective 1985 (gold) and 1986 (white, pictured below) Marmon tractors in addition to, behind the 1986 model on a Fontaine stepdeck, a 1949 Ford F3 and 1968 Chevy ...

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