5-1-2020 | Issue 9
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Chairman's Corner

Connie Vaughn
McKee Foods Transportation, LLC.
“This place you and I call home, and the rest of the world calls America, it’s a very special place”. I’m not sure who first said that, but it’s true - and COVID19 has given us the opportunity to see it first hand. Some of us have been home a lot more lately!

Truckers and technicians, dispatchers, safety and medical professionals, and of course the families at home that support them - have navigated this crisis with a clear dedication and focus on the task - keep America moving, and get home safely.

I’m glad to see FMCSA and other regulating agencies understand the need for flexibility. Let’s hope and pray that we can look back on this time and see that safety rates held steady or better yet, improved - even under times of extreme pressure, and emergency conditions. Flexibility with regulations around sleeper berth, and meal and rest breaks can be used appropriately and responsibly. Regulators need to see that we do everything possible to operate safely - not because of the regulations, but because we care about each other and this very special place we call home.

So very proud to be your Chairman. Connie
Trump Praises Trucking Industry
White House honors Big G Express Driver Stephen Richardson & Trucking Industry
April 17, 2020 (Shelbyville, Tenn.) — America's Road Team Captain Stephen Richardson, a 19-year driver for Big G Express, Inc., was honored Thursday, April 16 at the White House by President Donald Trump along with other commercial truck drivers and the industry as a whole. Richardson, who called the occasion “the experience of a lifetime he will never forget,” hailed his fellow truck drivers for keeping the supply chain connected and essential workers supplied.
The Disjointed Driver Experience
The mobile solutions drivers are using today do not prioritize accurate data capture. Many drivers are still using pen and paper to capture arrival and departure times, even when they have these mobile data terminals in the cab with them. Without the right technology and process, the data flowing into a TMS or accounting software becomes very difficult to trust: 

Now's the time - The Big Payback is here!
We're in the homestretch now. The Big Payback kicks off at 6pm on May 6, which is officially less than a week away.  But this year there is an opportunity for early giving that is now available on our page! 

Our supporters (You) can make donations any time starting now until The Big Payback ends at 6pm on May 7.  Early donations will process when you make your donation and count toward the Foundation's total for this fundraiser.  
The Big Payback Starts NOW!
Tennessee Trucking Foundation Inc.

Tennessee Trucking Foundation (TTF), the 501(c)3 charitable arm of Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA), is dedicated to: Advancing highway safety by educating the public on how to safely share the road with large trucks and commercial vehicles;...

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Truckers say they were booted while inside truck,...

by: Matt Grant Posted: / Updated: CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cynthia Baker couldn't believe her driver was booted while inside the cab of his truck. Then she was told how much it would cost to remove the chains.

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ATA Joins President Trump in Recognizing America's Truck ...

"In the war against the virus, America's truckers are really the foot soldiers that are carrying us to victory," President Trump said. "Truckers are playing a critical role in vanquishing the virus, and they will be just as important as we work...

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FMCSA Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP)

The FMCSA announces the start of the Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP). Under this program, if you have an eligible crash that occurred on or after August 1, 2019, you may submit a Request for Data Review (RDR) with the required...

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New Data Show COVID-19 Impacts on the Trucking Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Dan Murray(651) 641-6162April 22, 2020 Atlanta - Today, the American Transportation Research Institute is releasing new data that quantifies the continued impacts of COVID-19 business disruptions on the trucking...

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ATA COVID-19 Survey

Trucking Industry Input: How is the Coronavirus Pandemic Impacting Your Company? ATA needs information related to the impacts of Coronavirus/COVID-19 on the industry, including motor carriers, private carriers, and other allied companies in the...

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ATA Updates Rules for Next Year's Truck Driving...

Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships committee has issued rule changes and recommendations for the upcoming competition season in consideration of the...

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Truckers Against Trafficking Update
As a TAT partner, they wanted to provide a brief update on how they are doing. As Kendis points out in the video, TAT will be producing a series of video dispatches outlining the Impact of COVID-19 on Trafficking which will be great tools to share during this time as victims of trafficking need our help now more than ever. In the meantime, stay well and thank you for your ongoing partnership and support.
COVID-19 Impact and TAT Update (720p)

TAT Executive Director Kendis Paris shares a short video greeting on the impacts of COVID-19, the first in our series titled "COVID-19 Impact on Trafficking."

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Dale Allen, Adams and Reese, LLP 
Clayton Byrd, Adams and Reese, LLP
This month, Governor Bill Lee announced that his safer at home order – which imposed a blanket closure of most businesses across Tennessee – will expire on April 30th and will not be renewed, thus opening the door for a majority of businesses in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to reopen on Friday, May 1. This announcement does not necessarily amount to the Governor turning on a statewide “open” sign, however. Six of Tennessee’s largest counties – Davidson (Nashville), Hamilton (Chattanooga), Knox (Knoxville), Madison (Jackson), Shelby (Memphis) and Sullivan (Bristol) – have issued their own stay at home orders. The Governor indicated that he will work with the county health departments and mayors of those counties and Tennessee’s largest cities to implement their own reopening strategies. 

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Acknowledgement Sent to: Phillip Edwards