3-1-2020 | Issue 5
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Gemini Motor Transport

Scott Anderson, Lead Driver, Phone: (615)-943-7330, Email:

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Chairman's Corner
Connie Vaughn
McKee Foods Transportation, LLC.
Welcome Spring! So many possibilities. So many opportunities. New is all around us. I love Springtime in Tennessee! The Tennessee State Capitol is beautiful in Spring. I hope you are planning to join TTA for our Call on Nashville, April 1st. (It would be foolish to not join us!)

Listen. The bottom line is this…we have a great state in which to operate a business. No argument there. But, we must continually, and cooperatively educate our state legislators about the importance of trucking and logistics to our state economy. The most heavily regulated industry, must be aware of the constant push against our success. This great business environment didn’t happen by accident. TTA has been telling our story in Nashville a long time. We are fortunate to have legislators that know trucking – either by owning a trucking company or experience in logistics and supply chain management. However, many never consider the impact of their decisions on our ability to add jobs and deliver the goods safely.

Telling our story – especially during times of growth, rather than only during a crisis, is the best time to shine a positive light on our industry and build relationships. Come join us in Nashville. I am hoping to see several Young Professionals and many “legends” in our industry to help tell our great story. The legislative reception is a highlight and enjoyed by many legislators. It’s a fun way to introduce yourself and your company to many state leaders. It’s important and we need you! Dale Allen and his team will take care of the details. April 1 st . Oh, the puns will be flowing that day. Your shoes untied.
April Fools'! 😊
Truck Drivers Say Good Recruiting Starts With Realistic, ...

Rick Tetreault, a driver for Averitt Express and a Tennessee Road Team Captain participated in a panel discussion at the Recruitment and Retention Conference by Conversion Interactive Agency on Feb. 20.

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ATD Academy Graduating Class
NADA Academy programs prepare current and future dealership leaders to improve each department’s profitability, while examining how new technology and innovations reshape the industry.
Academy program includes six intensive weeklong classroom sessions at NADA headquarters in Tysons, Va., combined with hands-on practical application in each area of the dealership when back in the store.
Cumberland Employees Graduate ATD Academy: International ...

Huge congratulations to James Kaufman, Taylor Minor and Josh Hilliker for graduating from the 2019 ATD Academy.

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Summit Truck Group Earns Prestigious Presidential Award

Award Honors Top Performing International® Truck Dealerships in the United States & Canada February 21, 2020 - Summit Truck Group, LLC, an International Truck commercial dealership, has received the prestigious International Truck Presidential Award.

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Nominations Open for TN Sustainable Transportation Awards

The Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards (TSTAs) recognize outstanding initiatives to improve the efficiency, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability of transportation systems in the state, consistent with ongoing efforts to...

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The Tennessee Trucking Association will make its annual visit to the Hill in Nashville, TN, on April 1, 2020,  beginning at 9:00 am to meet with members of the Tennessee House and Senate.  This is not an April Fool's Joke!  This year's visit presents another opportunity to meet with our delegation. Tennessee regulations and policies are important factors in the business decisions made by trucking companies every day. Your participation is invited and needed. As always, we will make appointments with key House and Senate members, but, you are welcome to make visits to your respective Senator and Representative, as well.
Following our visits to the Hill that day, we will hold a Legislative Reception at the offices of Adams and Reese beginning at 4:30 pm. All members of the General Assembly will be invited to attend this event, as well.
Trucking has a voice on important issues, including our full-time lobbyist, Dale Allen, and his team, working on our behalf with the Tennessee General Assembly. We keep leadership and members informed of important legislation with email alerts and legislative reports during the legislative session. We hope you will be able to join us for the calls during the day or the evening reception.
Please click here  to register online for this event or contact Dave Huneryager at  or (615) 777-2882 to advise if you can, or cannot, join our group on this important visit so we can have an accurate count of those who will attend either event. Thanks very much, and we look forward to having you with us!

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Scholarship Click  here  to apply and submit your application on the website.  The scholarships will again have a deadline of March 15, 2020 at midnight for submission of applications. All students need to complete only one application to be considered for any scholarship fund for which they are eligible. Go to the website, click on Scholarships at the top and click on Apply. If applicants have questions, they can email or call (615) 321-4939. The application contains all of the instructions for completing the application.
Roadcheck 2020 to Focus on Driver Inspections

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced that its annual International Roadcheck commercial vehicle inspection blitz week be earlier this year. It will take place across the United States May 5-7

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ATRI Releases Annual List of Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks

Arlington, VA - The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America. The 2020 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-involved congestion at ...

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FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Identifies Nearly 8,000 Substance Abuse Violations in First Weeks of Operation

Friday, February 21, 2020
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today released data following the first weeks of operation of its Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The information released showed that the clearinghouse has detected and identified nearly 8,000 positive substance abuse tests of commercial drivers since January 6, 2020. The clearinghouse now has more than 650,000 registrants.
Legislative Corner
Dale Allen, Adams and Reese, LLP
Clayton Byrd, Adams and Reese, LLP
This month, legislative activity picked up significantly at the Capitol, with the General Assembly eyeing a mid-April adjournment. We remained busy at the Cordell Hull Building tracking and crafting legislation on behalf of the TTA. In particular, Rep. Dan Howell and Sen. Becky Massey, the Chairs of the House and Senate Transportation Committees, will sponsor legislation to eliminate an outdated law relative to the drop deck length distance from the kingpin to the rear of trailers in Tennessee. We have been actively working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Safety on the measure, with both agencies poised to support the legislation. Chairman Howell intends to run the legislation next week.
Knoxville Roadside Inspection Invitation


You are invited to participate in the Roadside Inspection conducted by the Tennessee Trucking Association in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Safety on Friday, March 27th, at the Knoxville Scales located on I-40 mm 372. We will meet on the Eastbound 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.