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Watermelon Slim – on the road again with a killer sound

It’s not every day that we trucking editors get a private lunchtime concert, but such was the case Friday here at the offices of Overdrive and Truckers News. Former trucker Bill Homans, who records and tours as Watermelon Slim, had an evening set scheduled in downtown Tuscaloosa. He got to town early enough to treat us to a solo performance. Slim can coax more slide blues sounds than I thought existed from his dobro guitar, which ...

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Staring down coming CARB regs

A great story in the California-based Porterville Record highlighted the difficulties being faced by a particluar 5-truck fleet in Ducor, Calif., Andromeda Transport, owned by Dave Schwartz. Schwartz (pictured, right, with his mechanic), as he told reporter Sarah de Crescenzo, considers himself a "modern-day environmentalist" in his commitment to keeping his older trucks in tip-top operating condition, thus enhancing their longevity, of course, and keeping them out of landfills and hard at work doing what they ...

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CSA 2010 — questions of accountability, fairness

A video interview with driver Steve Bugg about this Georgia-based carrier's experience in the CSA 2010 pilot test program. CSA 2010, set to go online nationwide, changes the model for safety rating and enforcement in many ways for both carriers and drivers. Bugg questions the very basis of the program, at the same time acknowledging the legitimacy of his carrier's new strict approach to driver speeding warnings, tickets and more, given the new regime.

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Is this cheating?

Dear Carolyn, I am 47 years-old and have been dating a trucker for about four months and things are going well. We have not really had the conversation to “determine the relationship” status yet but I assume we are exclusive. Anyway, I had to go to a work party and my guy was on the road. So, I asked a guy friend of mine to go with me. We had fun and it was strictly friendship. ...

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Saying goodbye to Michigan’s Te-Khi and Tekon independent truckstops

Soft freight and high fuel got you down? You're not alone. Though business for the nation's truckers has picked up since the extremely slow period we all saw last year, difficulties continue for many, and for two independent truckstops in Michigan the pressures were just too much. Writing in the Battle Creek Enquirer, Andy Fitzpatrick told a story today at once of long-running business difficulties brought to the breaking point and rich, well-remembered history.   The Te-Khi Travel Court ...

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Runner for truckers’ health passes halfway mark

It's been a wild haul for Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, the 17-year-old Olympic-caliber cross-country runner who recently reached the halfway, 1,500-mile mark in her run across the U.S., carried out to raise awareness for truck driver health and health-insurance availability. You will remember Jazzy from my post in November, about her appearance on the Internet radio show TruckStar. She's on her way to Memphis today, and in a few weeks will be passing through my home base of Nashville, ...

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The costs of waiting out the storm

Beth Brelje, writing in the Pocono Record of Pennsylvania, visited with several truckers waiting out a snowstorm in a Wal-Mart parking lot off I-84. Such waits have been legion for the nation's haulers this season, with record amounts of snowfall hitting places where a snow deluge is not such a common thing. It may be common enough in the northern state of Pennsylvania, of course, but not such that authorities didn't move to ban truck ...

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Dollars and Sense

Owner-operators who are skipping small preventive maintenance items are finding out later it’s costing them much more money to get the problem corrected.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Channel 19

Choking on food while driving, invalid fishing licenses and a contestant with a record are among the oddities discussed.

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Truck driver/author Tim Costello remembered in NY Times

I missed the news of the passing Tim Costello (pictured) in late December last year. Coming across it via the website of the New York Times, which had ran a nice roundup in the paper of his life and work, I'm struck as always by what so many individual haulers are able to accomplish in addition to keeping American supplied in their long paths across the nation's roadways. Costello, 64 when he succumbed to pancreatic cancer last year, spent ...

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