6-1-2020 | Issue 11
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Chairman's Corner

Connie Vaughn
McKee Foods Transportation, LLC.
Social distancing. That will be the phrase that forever represents 2020.

Who is ready to make a break for the beach?! I sure am. Please take a minute to share your thoughts with the TTA staff about the 2020 TTA Convention in Destin, in September. You should have received an email survey, but in case you didn’t, send Dave or Donna your thoughts about whether or not we should be planning to hold the convention and if so, how might we practice safe social distancing while having a great conference.

TTA members are fortunate to have Dave Huneryager as an active member of Governor Lee’s Economic Recovery Group working to represent the needs of our industry. State efforts are in the works around reducing business taxes, and providing grants and loans for additional relief for businesses in Tennessee. If you have questions or ideas, please reach out to Dave.

Your continued support of TTA is more important than ever. It’s in these very hard times that we can rely on our association to make sure our industry is at the table for economic relief and recovery discussions. Stay tuned. And stay well.   
Ongoing Covid-19 Response Works to Keep Everyone Healthy ...

2020 has turned into a very unusual year and we're still wondering what "normal" will look like after the COVID-19 pandemic is in our rearview mirrors. For now though, Averitt is continuing to respond comprehensively to concerns regarding the virus.

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Partnership Announcement: Infinit-I Workforce Solutions
and DriverReach
We are announcing our  partners hip with DriverReach, a r ecruiting and compliance management system for hiring CDL drivers. DriverReach and Infinit-I Workforce Solutions have a shared vision: make onboarding as simple and easy as possi ble for all involved.
“Our mission is to simplify our client’s life, the DriverReach integration helps us fulfill that goal,” Jay Wommack, Infinit-I Workforce Solutions Founder and CEO.

The attached press release explains how to increase efficiency and capacity through the convenience of automation.

Also, Tuesday – June 2, 2020 –  Jeremy Reymer, Founder and CEO of DriverReach, joins us to discuss how combining the power of these two platforms will strengthen your business. Click here to register for the webinar.

WorkHound Webinar

Are Trucking Industry Changes Here for the Long Haul?
WorkHound is hosting an online panel discussion with Rebecca Brewster from ATRI , Mark Walker from TransLand , and Jackie Giefer from Bay & Bay Transportation to address how the industry has been changing over the past couple of months and which changes are here to stay. We’ll also talk about the direct impact of these changes from a driver standpoint. 
Reliance Partners announce Jamie Cannon as Vice President of 3PL and leader of the agency's fast-growing third-party logistics division.

Cannon is a 15-year veteran of the commercial insurance space. She will help drive growth for the agency, focusing efforts on the third-party logistics space.

Summary of the Hours of Service Final Rule
May 2020
The Hours of Service Final Rule was published in the Federal Register over the weekend. This means, the 120-day effective date begins counting down - making September 29, 2020 the effective date for the rules. As discussed on the ATA/STA call last week, we are expecting the anti-truck groups to file suit challenging the new rules but there is no timetable at this point. 

SUMMARY: This month, theFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a Final Rule revising federal hours-of-service (HOS) requirements. FMCSA's rule increases driver flexibilities and introduces modifications to the existing ruleset, including changes to the 30-minute break requirement, sleeper berth splits, adverse driving conditions, and revisions to the current short-haul exception. The Final Rule goes into effect 120 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register, and can be read in its entirety at FMCSA's website


Click here to download a pdf of the Tennessee Fast Facts.

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AAA and the Tennessee Trucking Association team up to #THANKATRUCKER
The Tennessee Trucking Association was honored to be part of AAA’s thank a driver campaign. We helped hand out goody bags to the amazing truckers that stopped by the Lebanon, TN Pilot Truck Stop yesterday. Thank you to  #pilot  for allowing us to honor these drivers at your location! Thank you to  AAA  for providing the goody bags.  #thankatrucker

Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic, businesses around the country are needing to quickly adapt to protect their drivers, employees, and customers. Use Code TNTRUCKING to receive 5% off your order.

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Dale Allen, Adams and Reese, LLP 
Clayton Byrd, Adams and Reese, LLP
The Cordell Hull Building came back to life in May as lawmakers reconvened in Nashville for committee meetings in advance of this week’s floor session. In late May, the House was particularly busy, kicking things off with subcommittee meetings last week, following the long Memorial Day weekend. Each of the House subcommittees generally took up where things left off prior to the March adjournment, working on a lengthy slate of bills – and sometimes working well into the evening – with the goal being to wrap up all subcommittee work by the end of this week. Meanwhile the Senate only returned in May for a Finance Committee meeting, consistent with the Senate’s stated objective of only considering “time sensitive” and “mission critical” bills, and items related to the budget and the coronavirus pandemic.