3-1-2022 | Issue 5
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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 [email protected] 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.
Upcoming Events
NoCell Technologies
We get up each morning to make sure your drivers get home each night. Prevent smartphone driving distractions to protect employees, company assets, and the public.
Tara Lawson, VP of Sales
NoCell Technologies
W 1776 Elk Lane
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Phone: (920) 851-4031
Gypsum Express LTD.

We offer a competitive benefits package with many options to consider. Become a member of our Gypsum Express Family Today!

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Dennis Plucinik, Director of Safety
Gypsum Express LTD.
8280 Sixty Rd
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Phone: (315) 638-2201
Simmons Bank
Better banking solutions for your business. Better means faster. Smarter. Tailored. From lending services and products to creative ways to take your business to the next level, we will help guide you at every step.
Shawn Thomas, SVP, Commercial Banker
Simmons Bank
1251 NW Briar Cliff Pkwy., Ste. 150
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: (913) 752-5312
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James Murphy, VP Government Affairs
113 47th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: (207) 522-4487
The Vomela Companies
Fleet graphics. RV’s. Over the road but never under the radar. It’s how to build brand awareness and drive traffic while stuck in it. There’s no better place than the open road to open minds to your message. To demand attention from a captive audience waiting for their attention to be grabbed. And there’s no better place to get the attention and expertise you need, than at Vomela...
Preston Eggers, Sales Representative
The Vomela Companies
845 Minnehaha Ave E.
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone: (615) 864-2174

Referred by: Patrick Mendenhall, Rush Truck Center, Nashville
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Nour Mazraani, Marketing Project Manager
ISAAC Instruments LLC
3121 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: (888) 658-7520
Freight Network Marketplace and API | REPOWR

Find freight networks, equipment rentals, and marketplace data on the REPOWR platform.

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Jake Battles, VP Business Development & Sales
1500 1st Avenue N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 525-7473
Jeff Reed
Skyline Transportation, Inc.
Welcome to the March edition of the TTA Newsline! I’m so glad it’s March because that means it’s almost over…the cold, the snow and ice, and being stuck indoors more often than we want. 

It’s great to see this year shaping up. The East TN Safety Maintenance Council has had a couple of productive meetings already this year and is gaining traction after a long hiatus. I also understand that the West TN SMC has been revived and that’s thanks to some great leadership from members in that region. These local councils are such an important platform for our association and our industry and they only get better as we have more and more folks participate and share our knowledge and experiences with each other.

Two events for 2022 are now open for registration! The East TN Big Rigs for Little Kids golf outing is set for Thursday, May 5 and I have a feeling it will fill up fast just like it did last year. Don’t delay and sign up your team and earn bragging rights over your fellow members for a whole year! The other event open for registration is the Clay Shoot event in Middle Tennessee. If you’ve never participated in one, I highly encourage you to. I participated in one here in the Knoxville area recently and I’m not a hunter and don’t even own a shotgun. I found some friends that do, created a team, and we had a great time for sure! Sign up if you can and we still need sponsors for both events…we want to raise even more money this year for the great charities we support.

As I’m writing this, I’m encouraged that we are seeing signs that most covid restrictions are being lifted across the nation and moving closer to “normal”, but I’m discouraged to see the invasion of Ukraine and the uncertainty that’s sure to impose across the globe. Even as the pandemic subsides it appears that 2022 is certain to bring on a whole new set of challenges for us all to confront.

I think it’s an ideal time to remind everyone of a quote I shared back in 2020 when I was installed as Chairman. “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”  
Support and be a part of TDC/TSC by sponsoring these events. These events aren't possible without your generous support!!!
The TDC competition allows TTA member drivers to test their knowledge of the industry, driving skills, and overall professional competence. The winners of this competition are eligible to compete in the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships Indianapolis, IN on August 16-19, 2022.
This program has been a great asset in promoting professionalism and safety consciousness among participating drivers and a positive image of our industry with the public. Please consider sponsoring these events. Download TDC Sponsorship FormIf you sponsored in the past and would like to make the same commitment you can simply contact Marty Pollock at [email protected] or Carol Foster at [email protected].
The TSC competition allows TTA member technicians to test their knowledge of the medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, including both theory and practical application. The Grand Champion is eligible to compete in the Super Tech Competition September 25-29, 2022 in Cleveland, OH. Download TSC Sponsorship Form. If you sponsored in the past and would like to make the same commitment you can simply reply to this email or you can email Shane Deppermann [email protected] or Cory Sellars [email protected].
If you have any questions or have problems accessing the Website or downloading the forms, call the TTA office at (615) 777-2882.
Join the Tennessee Trucking Association and the Young Professionals Council in our bowling benefit for the Tennessee Trucking Foundation!
If you have any questions, please contact Ashlee Taylor at (615) 777-2882 or [email protected].
Mark your calendars and please join us for our Sporting Clay event on April 5, 2022 This event will start at 8:00 am CST with our Crazy Quail kick-off game! This will be followed by the sporting clay shoot immediately after with a 10 am CST shotgun start. Lunch will be at 12 pm CST. 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 ammo, gun rental, 75 targets, eye/ear protection, and lunch.
Crazy quail costs $20.00 for 25 targets. You must provide ammo for the Crazy Quail which is available from the gun club.
Course Sponsor $2,500.00 - SPONSOR NOW
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Station Sponsors (13 Available) $500.00 - SPONSOR NOW
1st Place Prize Sponsor - Taimen Trucklines, LLC
2nd Place Prize Sponsor - Corporate Medical Services
Best Rookie Sponsor - Adams and Reese LLP
Best Female Sponsor - Adams and Reese LLP
Best CDL Sponsor - Best One Tire & Service
 Farsighted Sponsor - Adams and Reese LLP
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The Tennessee Trucking Association will make its annual visit to the Hill in Nashville, TN, on April 6, 2022. The event with members of the Tennessee House and Senate will begin at 9:00 am. We have not had the opportunity to do this in the past 2 years due to Covid restrictions. 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. The reception will be held at Adams and Reese’s new location located at 1600 West End Avenue, Suite 1400, Nashville, TN 37203.
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 Donna England at [email protected] 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!
Donna England
President & CEO
Tennessee Trucking Association
FMCSA has extended the modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 to May 31, 2022. The below text and the attached are a copy of the Emergency Declaration. To be eligible for the Hours-of-Service (395.3 maximum driving time only) exemption, the transportation must be both (i) of qualifying commodities and (ii) incident to the immediate restoration of the essential supplies as listed in the emergency declaration. Motor carriers that voluntarily operate under the terms of this extension of the modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 are to report within 5 days after the end of each month their reliance on the Declaration. To report, motor carriers will access their portal account at, log in with their FMCSA portal credentials, and access the Emergency Declaration Reporting under the Available FMCSA Systems section of the page.  
FMCSA has extended the waiver applicable to commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders to May 31, 2022:
FMCSA has extended the Notice of Enforcement Policy Regarding Expiring Driver’s Licenses and Medical Examiner’s Certificates During COVID-19 to May 31, 2022:
Please review the documents for full details, terms, conditions, and restrictions. For the latest information, declarations, and frequently asked questions from FMCSA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit If you have questions or need further information on FMCSA’s COVID relief measures, please email the Agency at [email protected].
Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol ...

The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing to amend the transportation industry drug testing program procedures regulation to include oral fluid testing. This will give employers a choice that will help combat employee cheating on urine...

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Published in Federal Register is a DOT Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM is available at and in the attachment. It is also posted on the ODAPC webpage at

The proposals in the NPRM include:

  1. Permit Oral Fluid testing as an alternative drug testing method for DOT-regulated workplace testing,
  2. Harmonize, as needed, with the new Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
  3. Allow direct observation urine collections by any licensed or certified medical professional legally authorized to take part in a medical examination in the jurisdiction where the collection takes place,
  4. Allow MRO staff to contact pharmacies to verify a prescription that an employee provided,
  5. ‘Un-cancel’ a test that was ‘canceled’ by the MRO if circumstances dictate,
  6. Allow the use of options of official identification numbers issued by State or Federal authorities to be used instead of Social Security Numbers,
  7. Laboratories provide to DOT bi-annually data that is categorized by test reason and specimen type,
  8. Laboratories withdrawing from the National Laboratory Certification Program provide DOT with the final data report for the reporting period in which they withdrew,
  9. Laboratories would be required to keep non-negative specimens for only 90 days,
  10. Require that the phone number provided on the Federal Drug Testing Custody Control Form for collectors connect directly to the collector and/or the collector’s supervisor and not a general call center,
  11. Remove provisions that no longer are necessary (such as compliance dates),
  12. Remove the ‘cross-reference’ sections found at the end of the ‘subpart’ sections,
  13. Add clarifying language to other provisions (such as updated definitions and web links where necessary), and
  14. Allow Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) to conduct evaluations virtually.

FMCSA announces a revision to its regulatory guidance concerning the use of the term ``medical treatment'' for the purpose of accident reporting. The revised guidance explains that an x-ray examination is a diagnostic procedure and should no...

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Register for the East 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.
Registration is now available for the East TN Tournament
Egwani Farms Golf Course
Benefiting East Tennessee Children's Hospital and the TTF Scholarship Fund
You can download a copy by clicking on the link(s) above or by visiting our web site at
 Complete you Registration Form and mail it to: 
Tennessee Trucking Association
4531 Trousdale Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
 or email it to [email protected] 
Register for the Middle 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.
Registration is now available for the Middle TN Tournament
The Hermitage Golf Course
Benefiting the Nashville Ronald McDonald House and the TTF Scholarship Fund
SPONSORSHIP - We need your generous support to make this the best one yet! Show your support by selecting one of our sponsorship opportunities. You can download the sponsorship form here . 
You can download a copy by clicking on the link(s) above or by visiting our web site at
 Complete you Registration Form and mail it to: 
Tennessee Trucking Association
4531 Trousdale Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
 or email it to [email protected] 

Dale Allen, Adams and Reese LLP
Education Funding Formula Unveiled, Harwell Enters 5th District Race, and Redistricting Lawsuit Filed

With lawmakers expressing a desire to adjourn the 2022 regular session by mid-April and some committees beginning to announce final calendar dates, it’s starting to feel like the General Assembly is rounding into form, although it appears that the overall volume of legislation traveling through committees is somewhat less than in recent sessions. The legislature has reached the halfway point for budget hearings in committees, and more bills are finding their way to committee agendas. The Cordell Hull building took on a “pre-pandemic” feel this week, with crowded hallways and gathering areas due to a number of groups having “Days on the Hill,” as well as an increasing volume of legislation moving through committees.  
Lee Administration Releases Performance-Based Education Funding Formula

Governor Bill Lee’s long-awaited, student-based education funding formula -- known as the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) Act -- was unveiled last week, reflecting the Governor’s cornerstone legislative initiative for the 2022 session. At a press conference at the Capitol, the Governor described the plan as “student-centered and student-focused,” and one that works for families, teachers, and the state. In the process, the Governor described the current BEP formula as cumbersome, bulky, and outdated, while arguing that the new plan would support students in a transparent way. “The Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement formula will be a powerful tool the state can use to ensure we are putting all students on a path to success,” stated Governor Lee. “By serving our students well and giving the public greater insight into how their tax dollars are supporting students, the TISA represents an exciting opportunity to improve educational outcomes, strengthen our workforce and propel Tennessee forward.” The Governor also argued that “we need to invest more in our public schools in our state, but we don’t need to invest in a bulky, out of date formula. The BEP formula doesn’t deserve a billion dollars to be put in it, but our students do deserve a billion-dollar increase for public education.”

The plan is the culmination of a process that began in October, with numerous stakeholders convening to provide input to various committees.
Safety Spotlight

Work Zone Crashes

Back-to-back winter storms have created dozens of potholes along interstates and highways, and TDOT is working to repair them as fast as possible over the coming days and weeks. Numerous Work Zones will seemingly pop-up along the way and can create special challenges for drivers of large commercial vehicles due to space restrictions. Road work must take place within highways rights-of-way and more often have a reduced number of travel lanes. The most common violations in work zone areas are speeding and distracted driving.

Rear-end collisions commonly occur on Interstates and 2-lane highways.

  • Why?  Drivers are not aware or prepared for stopped or slow traffic in front of them.

Another common occurrence is sideswipe collisions.

  • Why? Drivers not checking for vehicles in their blind spots. 
Marty Pollock | Director of Safety
Tennessee Trucking Association

March 16, 2022 - Manchester Roadside | Manchester Scales

March 17 & 18, 2022 - Fatal Vision Training | TTA Office

Mar 24-26, 2022 - Mid American Truck Show | Lousiville, KY

March & 26, 2022 - HCA CarFit

If you would like to schedule an event, please contact
the TTA Office at (615) 777-2882.
Rose Boyd, THSO, was assisted by Cleve McCord, Walmart Transportation LLC, to conduct CarFit Training in Dickson, TN on February 25, 2022.

The Road Team captains that attended the training were as follows: Don Boone, FedEx Freight Corporation, Todd Darnell, Big G Express, Inc., Kraig Hinrichs, Ascend Transportation, LLC, Jamie Sowder, FedEx Freight Corporation, John Tetreault, Averitt Espress, Inc., John Lemmons, UPS, and Eddie Threlkeld, Hub Group Trucking.
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