8-1-2022 | Issue 15
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We are now taking commitments for the 2022 Newsline Sponsorships. If your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact Carol Foster at (615) 777-2882 or email to reserve your edition. The cost will be $350.00 per edition with your logo and a link to your website. If you would like a banner ad linked to your website it would be $550.00 per edition. There will be a total of 24 editions this year.

THANK YOU to those that sponsored in 2021!!!

We would like to thank the attached members for their support of the Tennessee Trucking Association in sponsoring TTA Newslines for 2021. We appreciate your continued support.
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Bill Henry, Chief Operating Officer
Transport One Logistics, LLC
650 Oakland Road, PO Box 357
Sweetwater, TN 37874
Phone: 423-337-2320
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All of our loads are moved fast and in compliance with the DOT regulations. If you are looking for a trucking company for a single load or continuous service, you have come to the right place.

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Iryna Salyk, Safety Manager
BH Trans, Inc.
2260 Hicks Rd
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: (224) 999-9009

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It’s hard to believe it’s already August and the schools are opening back up. I don’t know about you, but to me this summer has really flown by. The good news is that we are just that much closer to football season!

August also includes Safety Maintenance Council meetings, roadside events and much more. Check out the full calendar of events and make plans to engage with your fellow members this month.

Looking ahead to September, we have the TTA Annual Convention at the beautiful Hilton Sandestin Resort in Destin, FL. The room block is getting full so I encourage everyone to register as soon as possible and join us for a fantastic few days in Florida next month!

Try to stay cool and enjoy what’s left of the summer!
By: Jessie Merritt, Reliance Partners, LLC

The Young Professionals Council met July 21st, 2022 for a book drive benefitting one of our favorite Nashville non-profits, Youth Encouragement Services. YES operates two youth centers that offer educational and recreational programs for kids ages 5-18 during after school hours and summer break. Their READY program provides after-school tutoring for students grades 2-5 at both YES locations. This program is critical as 3 out 4 Nashville 3rd graders are not reading at grade level, which leads to 1 in 6 kids dropping out of school and earning half the income of their peers.

Our Young Professionals Council successfully cleared the full wish list of books for the YES reading program and collected bonus transportation themed books, which we hope will inspire career options within our industry for these young scholars.

Thanks to all who attended (below) and donated books to this very worthy cause!

Jessie Merritt, Reliance Partners
Andrea Hall, Ascend
Joe Fischer, Eaton
Lauren Magli, CRI
Holly Czuba, Cumberland International
Dan Joniak, Commerce Bank
Patrick Mendenhall, Rush Enterprises
Brian Keller, Kennedy & Associates
Sean Montgomery, Ascend
Rachel Lovell, Ascend
Jeff Young, First Bank
Morgan Hannah, Kimbro Oil
Sean Simpson, Reliance Partners
Graham Gonzales, Reliance Partners
Brent Luzinski, Ascend
Nick Grome, Netradyne
Patrick Monahan, Alabama Trucking Association Comp Fund
Stephen Pollock, Bolt TMS
Shawn Raney, Cummins
On July 21, 2022, there was a celebration held to honor Tom Frain of Highway Transport Logistics, Inc. At the celebration, Safety Director Marty Pollock presented him with a Certificate of Congratulations from the TTA. Highway Transport presented him with a new wrapped truck with the logo - ‘Driver of the Year’.

About Tom:
Tom Frain, a driver with Highway Transport and TN Road Team Captain, was one of eight finalists and ultimately won the Grand Champion of the National Tank Truck Carriers Competition. Tom has been a professional driver for 30 years, 2.2 million miles accident free, delivered approximately 1,100 loads error free and has trained over 100 tank truck drivers during his time at Highway Transport. Tom is involved in the Zero Distraction Campaign, Safe & Sound at Work Pledge and has been involved with our Accident/Incident Review Committee. Typically, he pulls a chemical tanker and carries emulsions, acrylates, and acids which requires a tremendous amount of training which affords the ability for him to work closely with the safety department to develop training videos. He is also involved in community services such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Youth Soccer Organization, Little League, and USA Softball. The Tennessee Trucking Association is proud to recognize the leadership traits Tom displays in his personal and professional career. Congratulations Tom!
Register for the Southeast TN Big Rigs for Little Kids Charity Golf Tournament
 A 3.50% Convenience Fee Will Be Added for Credit Cards Only. THERE IS NO FEE FOR DEBIT CARDS.

October 5, 2022
Windstone Golf Club

Benefiting the Shriners Alhambra Temple Transportation Fund
and the TTF Scholarship Fund

 Complete you Registration Form and mail it to: 
Tennessee Trucking Association
4531 Trousdale Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
 or email it to
On July 15th, we visited the Brownsville Scales for our roadside inspection and had a great turnout with 55 attendees, 27 of those being rookies! Thank you to everyone who participated and to TCW, Inc. and Intermodal Cartage Company, Inc. for sponsoring lunch. We hope you all can join us for our Knoxville Roadside on August 10th or the Greeneville Roadside on August 26th!
You are invited to participate in the Roadside Inspection conducted by the Tennessee Trucking Association in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Safety on Wednesday, August 10th, at the Knoxville Scales located on I-40 mm 372. We will meet on the East bound side.

As in the past, participants will divide into teams and a State Trooper will be assigned to lead each team. Teams will work with the troopers as they pull vehicles in for inspections. Level I, II and III inspections will be conducted. It is the best educational experience a company can have regarding how roadside inspections are conducted. You will see what might prompt a vehicle to be pulled in, what determines the level of inspection to be performed, and what is expected when paperwork and equipment is checked. It begins at 8:00 am Eastern Time and concludes around 2:30 pm or 3:00 pm, with a summary of the inspections conducted throughout the day.
Greene County Roadside Inspection will be conducted by the Tennessee Trucking Association in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Safety on Friday, August 26th, at the Greeneville Scales on I-81 South, MM 21.

Participants will divide into teams and a State Trooper will be assigned to lead each team. Teams work with the troopers as they pull vehicles in for inspections. Level I, II, and III inspections will be conducted. It is the best educational experience a company can have regarding how roadside inspections are conducted. You will see what might prompt a vehicle to be pulled in, what determines the level of inspection to be performed, and what is expected when paperwork and equipment are checked. It begins at 8:00 am Eastern Time and concludes around 2:30 pm or 3:00 pm with a summary of the inspections conducted throughout the day.
The East TN Sporting Clay event is coming up on September 1, 2022. This event will start at 9:45 am EST with our Safety Briefing. This will be followed by the sporting clay shoot immediately after with a 10 am EST shotgun start. Lunch will be at 12 pm EST. This event is open to all skill levels. No shooting experience is necessary. Safety Officers will be on hand to assist.
Registration fee: $195.00 per shooter ($780 for a Team of 4) which includes 100 targets and lunch. *The shooter is responsible for their own ammunition, eye protection, and ear protection.

Course Sponsor $2,500.00 SPONSOR NOW
Lunch Sponsor - USI Insurance Services, LLC
T-Shirt Sponsor $1,000.00 SPONSOR NOW
Station Sponsors (9 Available) $500.00 SPONSOR NOW
To sponsor one of our below Prize awards, please call the TTA Office at
(615) 777-2882. These will be first come, first serve.

1st Place Prize Sponsor - Corporate Medical Services
2nd Place Prize Sponsor $125.00
3rd Place Sponsor - MHC Kenworth
Best Rookie Sponsor - Taimen Trucklines, LLC
Best Female Sponsor $100.00
Best CDL Sponsor $125.00
 Farsighted Sponsor -Taimen Trucklines, LLC

Team of 4 $780 PURCHASE NOW
One Shooter $195 PURCHASE NOW
Highway Angel: Harrison Harville

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named Harrison Harville from Morristown, Tennessee, a Highway Angel for extinguishing a trailer on fire being towed by a U-Haul. It’s an incredible story: On June 30, 2022, Harville was driving...

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For Immediate Release:
South Sioux City, Nebraska – Bozac Transportation, Inc. was recently presented a Platinum award by Great West Casualty Company as part of the 2021 National Safety Awards Program. Additionally, Bozac was awarded another Platinum award for Workplace Safety for 2021. This marks the 7th consecutive year that Bozac has earned the highest awards available from Great West. These awards recognize motor carriers who have achieved stringent year-end crash results and have demonstrated a commitment to promoting safe driving practices and workplace safety within their company.

Bozac Transportation, Inc. is a family owned and operated, asset-based carrier with their corporate headquarters in Cleveland, TN. “Without companies like Bozac Transportation and others in the trucking industry, our country would come to a virtual standstill,” said Randall Oligmueller, President of Joe Morten & Son, Inc. “More than 32 million trucks are traveling down the road daily. With this award, Bozac sets the standard for other trucking companies to follow.”

Joe Morten & Son, Inc. has been partnering with trucking companies for more than eighty years. Joe Morten & Son, Inc. is the only agency owned by Great West Casualty Company, the premier provider of insurance products and services for truckers.
For more information contact:
Kevin Sherritze
Vice President
Joe Morten & Son, Inc.
TTA's 92nd Annual Convention
September 18-20, 2022
Hilton Sandestin Beach
Golf Resort & Spa
 Destin, Florida

Make your Hotel reservations online from this link set up just for TTA reservations. Be sure to make your reservations early. Our room block is only guaranteed until August 19th or until our room block has been filled.
There is still time to be a convention sponsor. Click here for a Sponsorship form, here for the Benefits information, and here for the Premier Golf Sponsorship benefits. 
The Convention theme this year is:
Convention Highlights:

Keynote Speaker

Presentations of Awards: Fleet Safety, Clean Diesel, Allied Professional of the Year, Safety and Maintenance Professional of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year

Chairman's Reception & Dinner
Auction for Tennessee's Road Team and Teens & Trucks Share the Road Highway Safety Education Programs 

....and the beautiful white sandy BEACHES OF DESTIN! 
For all our Convention Diamond, Platinum & Auction Party Sponsors, we have added a new benefit for 2022. In addition to the benefits listed on your Sponsorship form, you will have your logo with a link to your website in each bi-monthly Newsline for the remaining issues this year starting with the July 1 edition. Thank you so much for your generous support!
If your company offers products or services for the commercial motor vehicle community, don’t miss this opportunity to connect with our premier audience. We are very excited to offer our Sponsors an exhibition this year at our Convention to showcase your services. We will have 20 spaces available on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are only 2 spots left available.

Your company will be listed on our website as an exhibitor. There will be Networking events in the Exhibit Hall.

Reserve your space before they are all spoken for. The spaces are offered at $1,200.00 each to anyone that does a Silver Sponsorship ($2,000.00) or above. (this includes one (1) free registration).  
The 2022 Annual Fall Conference is coming up on October 13 & 14, 2022 at the Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The steering committee is working on bringing you a very informative and educational event.
This year's Fall Conference is going to be a great event that you don't want to miss!
SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2022
Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is an important time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs. These 3.6 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, but they also keep our highways safe.

This year's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 11-17, 2022. 

Americans in all fifty states have taken extraordinary steps to show their appreciation for the important work that professional truck drivers have done as we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic. From children passing out lunches, to "I Heart Truck" signs across America's highways, the public has taken notice of the essential role truck drivers to play in their lives. 

This week is a way to show appreciation to the 3.6 million professional men and women who not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, but also keep our highways safe.
ATRI Launches Survey to Gather Truck Driver Perspectives ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Dan Murray (651) 641-6162DMurray@trucking.orgJuly 25, 2022 Atlanta, GA - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today launched a short survey to better understand truck driver perspectives and issues...

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ATA Launches New Program to Highlight the Contributions...

"The trucking industry relies on women - whether in the boardroom, as a technician, or behind the wheel - and we believe that by highlighting the many contributions the women already in trucking make, we can demonstrate what a rewarding and...

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DC appeals court denies driver hours-of-service challenge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration successfully defended changes to the trucking hours-of-service (HOS) regulations enacted two years ago against a challenge from safety groups and the Teamsters union alleging the changes increase...

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I-81 Coalition Considers Federal Funding for Truck Parking

Andy Alden by Virginia Tech [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] An Interstate 81 coalition wants to form a multistate team to apply for federal funds to improve truck parking following a recent roundtable discussion...

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Hazardous Materials shipping is one of the most dangerous jobs in trucking today and requires special handling to minimize the risks. The materials are among the most complicated, regulation-heavy, and expensive to ship. Because they could pose a danger to people, property, or the environment, there are many rules and regulations required to transport them. While most people associate hazmat with batteries, fireworks, or flammable goods, it can also include ordinary items like dry ice, dry shampoo, perfume, and e-cigarettes. 
Following the safety guidelines of each class can safeguard life and property. When shipping hazmat materials, a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a standard element guide how products should be handled and includes information like the properties of each chemical, its hazards, first aid, and clean-up procedures. There is a correct method of transportation and goods must be packaged in such a way that poses no threat during their journey so they arrive in good condition. The importance of training for the skills to handle any emergency cannot be understated! And DON’T FORGET the personal protective equipment (PPE) that helps you remain healthy, despite an exposure, and prevents harm if accidents occur.
Here are some of the most frequent HazMat Violations from roadside inspections:

Ø Package not secured
Ø No copy of USDOT HazMat Registration Number
Ø No or improper shipping papers (carrier)
Ø No Placards/Markings when required
Ø Placard is damaged, deteriorated, or obscured
Ø Failing to register with PHMSA prior to transporting
For more information related to Hazardous Materials Regulations and How to Comply, click on the link:

For more specific requirements, carriers and drivers should use the most current edition of the eCFR to familiarize themselves with 49 CFR Parts 100-185: eCFR :: 49 CFR Chapter I -- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Marty Pollock, Director of Safety
Tennessee Trucking Association
Dale Allen, Adams and Reese LLP
Tennessee Mid-Summer Update: New Laws in Place; Congressional Race Heating Up
With all of the state House seats and half of the Senate seats up for re-election, not to mention a hotly contested Congressional race that will likely take the GOP’s numerical advantage in Tennessee’s Congressional delegation from 7-2 to 8-1, this summer has been far from quiet. Plus, with the overwhelming number of predominately blue or red districts across the state, the August primary is the only competitive race in many instances. That means that campaign ads are increasingly filling the airwaves, fundraisers are filling calendars, and more and more voters are starting to take interest in the races. And as is custom, a raft of new state laws took effect on July 1, including one law that adds new reporting requirements for Political Action Committees (PACs).
New Campaign Finance/Ethics Law Contains Changes for PAC Reporting
Tennessee’s latest finance and ethics reform law took effect on July 1, and among other things will require greater openness and transparency from political candidates and political action committees (PACs) in an attempt to curtail bad actors and to shine light on so-called “dark money” groups. Going forward, PACs will experience the following changes: 
·    The new law deletes the so-called blackout provision whereby a PAC is prohibited from making a contribution to any candidate after the 10th day before an election until the day of the election. Going forward however, PACs must disclose most donations, loans, or expenditures made or received within the window of the last ten days before an election by the end of the next business day. The threshold amounts requiring next-day disclosure are as follows: 
o $5,000 for statewide offices;
o $3,000 for senate elections; and
o $1,000 for any other state or local public office.

August 2, 2022 - College PD National Night Out

August 10, 2022 - Knoxville Roadside Inspection | Knoxville Scales

August 17-19, 2022 - Lifesavers Conference

August 19, 2022 - Greeneville Roadside Inspection | Greeneville Scales

If you would like to schedule an event, please contact
the TTA Office at (615) 777-2882.
We are tremendously excited for this year’s 92nd Annual Convention on September 18-20, 2022. We are over halfway through 2022 which means we have started preparing for the Convention’s Silent Auction and collecting donations. We would greatly appreciate any donation you or your company could offer. Bidding will be on an online platform again this year, but items will be in person at convention. This way, even if you can’t attend convention, you can still bid from home! This year our Auction Committee will be Committee Chair Greg Shipman, Vertical Alliance Group, Perry Wilson, McKee Foods Transportation, LLC, and Matt Holmes, Southern Champion Tray, LP. The annual silent auction is one of our largest fundraisers which helps us promote safer highways in Tennessee.

Popular items from previous years auction include:

                    Accessories & Jewelry
                    Autographed Items
                    Experiences (Vacation Packages, Sporting Event Tickets, etc.)
                    Children’s toys
                    Gift Cards & Gift Sets
                    Sporting & Beach Equipment
                    Home Items (Wreaths, Furniture, Quilts, Grill, etc.)
                    Model Trucks

We appreciate your support of the Tennessee Trucking Foundation!
On Tuesday, July 19, WTN Ambassadors Kevin Davis, Ozark Motor Lines, Inc., and Eddie Threlkeld, HUB Group Trucking, along with Captains Jamie Sowder, FedEx Freight Corporation, Kraig Hinricks, Ascend Transportation, LLC, and Bobby Rue, Ozark Motor Lines, Inc., gave an overview of all the Road Team’s safety programs to the West TN National Organization of Women in Construction. This group of women are very involved with the Memphis community and have agreed to share the information with any contacts they have to help us get involved with activities in their communities. Photographed is also Barbara Farmer-Tolbert of the National Organization of Women in Construction.
Josh Johnson, Titan Transfer, Inc., and Ken and Donna Wheeler, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., at the Boys and Girls Club Knoxville Futures Fair on July 22, 2022.
Matt Neary, McKee Foods Transportation, LLC, and TJ Daniel, Huff & Puff Trucking, Inc., at the John A Patten Community Center Camp Touch a Truck event on July 22, 2022.
Scott Varner, Walmart Transportation, LLC, and Veteran Road Team Captain Danny Ewell at Walmart's Truckers Against Trafficking event on July 26, 2022, held at the Walmart Midway Distribution Center.
Tennessee Trucking Foundation is
Awarding up to $30,000 More in Scholarships

We are so excited to have 10 additional scholarships to award for 2023. These scholarship awards are possible due to everyone who participates in our Big Rigs for Little Kids golf events across the state and from individual contributions. These events help to raise money for our TTF scholarship fund and we would like to give a big thanks to everyone who supports our scholarship program!

  • Open to students 18 years and older, who are college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Must be attending an accredited University or College in Tennessee.

10 Winners will be selected:
  • 10 (Ten) Awards of $2,500 each.
  • The Tennessee Trucking Foundation will award an additional $500, making the total award $3,000 if you are a dependent child, spouse, or employee of a member company in good standing with the Tennessee Trucking Association.

Deadline to submit your scholarship application is August 25, 2022. Winners will be notified on or around October 31, 2022.
Tennessee Trucking Foundation Contribution

Want to make a contribution to our Foundation? You can easily donate to the foundation on our website. Thank you to all that support our Foundations mission. 

  • Advancing highway safety
  • Educating the public through programs designed to make our roads safer
  • Providing Tennessee children’s charities with funds to improve the lives of our state’s children
  • The TTF Scholarship, administered annually by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee