1-1-2022 | Issue 1
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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.
Jeff Reed
Skyline Transportation, Inc.
Hello, my fellow TTA members and I sincerely hope that your Christmas and New Year’s holidays were filled with family, friends, love and laughter. The strangest part of this holiday season for me was wearing shorts and short sleeves and being outside enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in East Tennessee the last two weeks of December. One day in particular, my oldest son Tyler and I were enjoying a round of golf and we had to stop ourselves from complaining that we were somewhat hot and to the point of breaking a sweat! What a fitting way to end this bizarre year.

As we kick off 2022 here at TTA and we all start planning our calendars for the year, I would like to take the time to highlight some events that we all should consider participating in this year, some of which had to be canceled the previous year.

This spring, we will host the TTA Truck Driving Championship and the Technical Skills Competition. Not only do we need you to select your best drivers and technicians to participate, we also need a large number of volunteers to help carry out the many jobs and task to make both a success. Please make the effort to have your folks either participate in the competitions or volunteer their services in some other manner. Donna, you can go ahead and put my name at the top of the list of volunteers so just tell me when to show up and what I can do!

The Sporting Clay Shoot event in Middle Tennessee was enormously popular last year so the plan is to add on similar clay shoot events in both East and West Tennessee this year…stay tuned for dates on details on all three.

Of course, we will once again host the various Big Rigs for Little Kids golf outings throughout the state this year and it’s exciting to see that after being unable to hold the West Tennessee event the last couple of years, we are working to get that one back on the calendar.

On top of this, the TTA will have several NATMI training opportunities, regional Safety Maintenance Council meetings, and the ever-growing Young Professionals Council will continue to strengthen and expand participation.

Thank you for your membership and as you can see, 2022 will be full of opportunities to grow, fellowship, serve others, and give back to our communities and this great industry.

Stay safe and see you soon!
Ashlee Taylor has emailed out your current listing information. Please take the time to review your listing and return the email to [email protected] with any updates. If there are no changes needed, let us know this as well. To ensure we send out the 2022 Membership Directory in a timely manner, please respond no later than January 31, 2022. If you need the current listing information that we have in our system, you can reach out to [email protected].
The Young Professional Council did an amazing job with our 3rd Annual Haulin’ for the Holidays toy drive! It was a huge success! We were able to raise over $25,000 in Angel sponsorships and toy donations just through Amazon wish list orders, not including toy drop-offs. That is amazing! Thank you to all of our members for supporting our Tennessee Charites!

Haulin’ for the Holidays is a state-wide initiative by the Tennessee Trucking Association and its Young Professionals Council. In partnership with 5 local nonprofits, we’re making the holidays brighter for Tennessee children, teens, and families. It began two years ago when Troy Dickens, Rush Truck Center, had the idea and brought it to Patrick Mendenhall, Summit Truck Group, and Dave Huneryager, TTA. It was decided that we would do it and the Young Professional Council would spearhead the donations.

A special thanks to Jessie Merritt, Reliance Partners, LLC, Andrea Hall, Rush Truck Center, Patrick Mendenhall, Summit Truck Group, and Sarah Heffington, M & W Transportation Co., Inc., for all their hard work in getting the toy drive organized this year.
"Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad." "Wreaths Across America’s mission touches the lives of thousands of school, scout, civic and religious groups across the country through fundraising for wreath sponsorships. These groups help us ensure that we reach our goal to place a wreath on each hero’s grave." To learn more about Wreaths Across America, click here.
David Gooch, Road Team Captain, and
Sharp Transport, Inc. Participates in
Wreaths Across America
David Gooch, Road Team Captain with Sharp Transport, Inc., donated his time this holiday season to haul wreaths for Wreaths Across America. He started with the pickup in Columbia Falls, Maine, and the total mileage of David's trip was 1,500 miles. His truck had 6,030 wreaths on it which were delivered to Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery - three full trucks delivered wreaths there in total! Jeremy Morgan, also a driver with Sharp Transport, Inc., delivered over 6,000 wreaths to the Veterans Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN. Altogether, 2.8 million wreaths were delivered to Veterans Cemeteries across the country.
American River Strokers Foundation ft. David Gooch

All were Honored and Sponsored at The Middle Tennesee State Veterans Cemetery for the first time in 14 years. Thank you to everyone that sponsored a wreath.

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Eddie Lindsey, Road Team Captain with Big G Express, Inc. and
Wreaths Across America Location Coordinator,
at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony
Eddie Lindsey, Road Team Captain with Big G Express, Inc., is a Wreaths Across America Location Coordinator.

Eddie shared these pictures from the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. They laid 1,105 wreaths and Eddie had the NJROTC from Oak Ridge High School participate again this year.
Wreaths Across America- Oak Ridge Memorial Park on...

Wreaths Across America- Oak Ridge Memorial Park was live.

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John Henderson, Road Team Captain, TCW, Inc.
Participates in Wreaths Across America
John Henderson, Road Team Captain with TCW, Inc., and his wife, Shelia Henderson, placed wreaths on December 18, 2021, at the Middle Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery. They were joined by fellow TCW, Inc. employees and placed over 9,000 wreaths. Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery has over 16,000 veterans and family members in it.
Titan Transfer, Inc. Participates in Wreaths Across America
"As our favorite Christmas tradition, Titan Transfer is honored to be able to volunteer services to this great cause!

Special Thank you to Veterans and Professional Drivers Jonathan Harrington and Dale Harrell for transporting the Wreaths from Maine to Tennessee!"
Barry Blakely
Larry Mason
For Immediate Release
Craig Delk Content Specialist, Averitt Express


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Averitt Express recently named Barry Blakely executive vice president and chief operating officer, and promoted Larry Mason to Blakely’s previous role of vice president of operations.
As part of the leadership promotions, Wayne Spain will continue to serve as Averitt president. He previously held the titles of president and chief operating officer.
“Coming off the heels of our 50th anniversary, we’re excited about moving forward with strong leaders like Barry and Larry at the helm,” said Spain.
Blakely, who spent most of his 35-year Averitt career leading operations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, moved to the corporate office in Cookeville in 2017. During that time, he played a key role in successfully guiding the company through economic and pandemic challenges that have resulted in steady growth and record-setting numbers for quality, efficiency and productivity.
“Barry is a fantastic addition to our executive team as we move forward into the next 50 years and beyond,” said Spain. “As COO, Barry will broaden his influence across all our service units, executing a strategy that will continue our tradition of helping our customers, associates and communities enjoy success.”
Mason, meanwhile, assumes the role of vice president of operations after most recently overseeing Averitt’s North Carolina and South Carolina operations. In his 34 years with Averitt, Mason has also held several other operational and sales leadership positions.
“Larry brings with him a great deal of operational experience,” Spain said. “His innovative and creative spirit lines up perfectly with our vision for the future.”
About Averitt Express
Celebrating 50 years in 2021, Averitt is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to 100+ countries. In its 50-year history, Averitt has grown from a small, local LTL carrier to a global logistics provider specializing in delivering customized transportation solutions that include LTL, truckload, international, distribution & fulfillment, dedicated, production and event logistics services. Averitt's technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI), warehouse management systems (WMS), and transportation and operations management systems. Together, these services and technology solutions provide “The Power of One” to shippers, allowing them access to multiple transportation solutions from a single provider. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT (283-7488) or visit
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December 22, 2021

Dear ATA Member:
A short while ago, the Supreme Court set oral argument for January 7 in our challenge to OSHA’s vaccinate-or-test Emergency Temporary Standard, along with another challenge brought by a group of states. We’re gratified to have the opportunity for oral argument on an emergency stay motion that the Court generally resolves without hearing, and to be one of the two groups of challengers selected for oral argument out of at least fourteen groups that have filed similar stay motions. Dozens of groups are seeking this hearing, and we feel strongly that our argument and challenge justifies this special consideration. While we can’t be sure when the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to reimpose a stay, we hope that they will issue a decision quickly, with OSHA’s current January 10 enforcement deadline in mind.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Rich Pianka
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the US, making it a wonderful opportunity to learn more about human trafficking and how the transportation industry can help combat it. Join Truckers Against Trafficking's mobile army today!

What It Means for Clearinghouse Users

On November 8, 2021, the second Clearinghouse final rule, Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing: State Driver’s Licensing Agency Non-Issuance/Downgrade of Commercial Driver’s License; Correction, went into effect. This rule addresses how States are required to use the information in the Clearinghouse to help ensure that only qualified drivers are eligible to receive and retain a commercial driver's license (CDL).

Employer Requirements Have Not Changed

The second Clearinghouse rule does not change any of the requirements for employers to query CDL and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and report drug and alcohol program violations. All requirements established by the first Clearinghouse rule, Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, remain in place. Download the brochures below to learn more about these requirements.

Update: Actual Knowledge of DUI Citations
The Clearinghouse second rule includes an update regarding actual knowledge violations. The following question and answer has been added to the Clearinghouse website to summarize this change.

If a CDL driver’s employer is aware that the driver received a traffic citation for driving a CMV while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, the employer must report this to the Clearinghouse as actual knowledge of prohibited use of drugs or alcohol. If the citation does not result in a conviction, may the driver petition to have this violation removed from their Clearinghouse record?

Effective November 8, 2021, an actual knowledge violation, based on the issuance of citation for DUI in a CMV, will not be removed from the Clearinghouse when the citation does not result in a conviction.

In the final rule published on October 7, 2021 (86 FR 55718), FMCSA clarified that a driver subject to FMCSA’s drug and alcohol use and testing requirements, who has been issued a traffic citation (or other charging document) for DUI in a CMV, has violated 49 CFR part 382, subpart B. Accordingly, the 2021 final rule amends the regulation to state that a report of actual knowledge of prohibited use of drugs or alcohol, based on the issuance of DUI in a CMV, will remain in the Clearinghouse for 5 years, or until the driver has completed the return-to-duty process, whichever is later, regardless of whether the driver is ultimately convicted of the DUI offense. Drivers who are not convicted of the offense may petition to submit documentary evidence of non-conviction to their Clearinghouse record.
Clearinghouse Rule II

What It Means for State Driver Licensing Agencies

As of November 8, 2021, FMCSA’s second Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse final rule, Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing: State Driver’s Licensing Agency Non-Issuance/Downgrade of Commercial Driver’s License; Correction, is in effect. This rule addresses how States will use the information in the Clearinghouse to help ensure that only qualified drivers receive and retain a CDL or CLP. State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) must be in compliance with the new requirements no later than November 18, 2024.

SDLA Requirements

The Clearinghouse rule II established new requirements for SDLAs. The question and answer below has been added to the Clearinghouse website to summarize the SDLA requirements.

How will SDLAs use the Clearinghouse?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) final rule establishing requirements for SDLAs’ access to and use of driver-specific drug and alcohol program violation information contained in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (86 FR 55718 (Oct. 7, 2021)) requires that:

  • SDLAs must not issue, renew, upgrade, or transfer a commercial driver's license (CDL), or commercial learner's permit (CLP), as applicable, for any individual prohibited under FMCSA's regulations from performing safety-sensitive functions, including driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), due to a drug and alcohol program violation.
  • SDLAs must, upon receipt of notification from FMCSA that a driver is prohibited from operating a CMV due to a drug and alcohol program violation, initiate the downgrade process to remove the CDL or CLP privilege from the driver's license within 60 days.
  • Drivers completing the return-to-duty process (RTD) before the downgrade process is completed would no longer be prohibited from operating a CMV and thus would no longer be subject to a downgrade.

Note: If a driver completes the RTD process, or a violation is removed from the Clearinghouse, FMCSA will notify SDLAs that the driver is no longer prohibited from operating a CMV.

As stated above, SDLAs have until November 18, 2024 (compliance date) to comply with these requirements, but continue to have the option to voluntarily query the Clearinghouse to determine whether the driver is prohibited from operating a CMV up until the compliance date.

For more information on the SDLA requirements, including how SDLAs will access Clearinghouse data, contact the Clearinghouse Team.
Selection of the 2022 - 2023 Tennessee's Road Team has been rescheduled for Friday, January 21, 2022. We would like to select 6-8 new Captains including more female drivers and team drivers. As of today, we have the following nominations: TJ Daniel, Huff & Puff Trucking, Inc., Kraig Hinirich, Milan Supply Chain Solutions, John Lemmons, UPS, Peter Lovan, Titan Transfer, Inc., Bobby Rue, Ozark Motor Lines, Inc., and Scott Varner, Walmart Transportation LLC. If you do not see your nomination listed here, please send us the nomination form as soon as able. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 7, 2022. Those nominated will receive a memo of instructions and an agenda one week before the date of selection. For more information, contact TTA at (615) 777-2882. 
Grady Phillips, Corporate Medical Services,
is the $15,000 Cash Raffle Winner.
William Pallme, Jamac Logistics,
is the $5,000 Cash Raffle Winner.
 The drawing was held today, Thursday, December 16th at the TTA office in Nashville.
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Major Terrell Johnson drew
both winning tickets for the Foundation!  
Thank you to everyone who participated in the
2021 Foundation Cash Raffle!
Special thanks to 
Titan Transfer, Inc. &
Goggin Warehousing, LLC
We have received the $10,000 grant again to support the Teens & Trucks Highway Safety Education Program for 2022. We couldn't be more appreciative and excited! Thank you, State Farm!

If you would like to schedule an event, please contact the TTA Office
CFMT has moved the launch of the scholarship applications up to ensure that students receive decisions about receiving the money or not prior to the National College Decision deadline of May 1st. 
This money makes a huge difference for so many students, including whether or not they attend a certain college. Hopefully, this will help students all around in pursuing higher education.  Please call the TTA office at (615) 777-2882 if you have any questions.
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