1-1-2020 | Issue 1
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NEWSLINE SPONSORSHIPWe are now taking commitments for the 2020. If your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact Carol Foster at the TTA office by phone (615) 777-2882 or email ( to reserve your edition. The cost will be $300.00 per issue. We will have 24 issues this year. If you would like a banner ad it would be $500.00 per edition.
David Hughes, FedEx Freight is the $15,000 
Cash Raffle Winner

Ruth Bailey is the $5,000 Cash Raffle Winner 

The 2020 Tennessee Trucking Association Membership Directory and Resource Guide will be published in the Spring. Each company will be mailed a “Membership Directory Update Form”. Please take the time to make sure your company listing is correct and return the form to TTA by January 31, 2020, as we cannot guarantee changes that are received after this deadline.
Please make sure to complete the member Checklist (Attached to the Directory Update) in order to be listed in all the appropriate categories of services in the 2020 Directory . This section allows easier identification of services to anyone having a TTA directory. It will also help the TTA staff direct callers looking for carriers to haul loads for them.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE THE TTA MEMBER CHECKLIST and return it by the deadline.
We also offer options to enhance your listing. Parent companies may purchase branch listings for non-member branch locations at an additional cost.   Additional contact listings are available to member companies to add extra personnel in addition to the primary contact to a listing. This will also be in the mailing you receive.
Advertising is also available from the publisher, Naylor Publications. Advertising in the TTA Membership Directory and Resource Guide is an excellent way to reach your customers all year long. The directory is a spiral bound book used by TTA members as a resource for member contact Information, legislative and government contact information and as a buyers’ guide for products and services. It is mailed directly to every member of the Association. If you would like to purchase an ad, please contact Naylor Publications at 800-369-6220 or email Jason Zawada at .
Hauling for the Holidays
We are excited to announce that our first ever toy drive was a huge Success, THANKS to all of our Members. We have so much to be thankful for and we are so thankful for our wonderful members!! Troy Dickens, Rush Truck Center, had the idea, brought it up to Patrick Mendenhall, Cumberland International and Dave Huneryager, TTA. It was decided we would do it. The Young Professional Council spearheaded the donations. A special thanks to Holly Czuba, Cumberland International and Jessie Merritt, Capacity Southeast Agency for all their hard work getting this organized. We collected thousands of toys that were donated to different charities. How awesome is that? It's a great feeling to know we helped several children across our great state have a brighter holiday!
Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse:
 Are you prepared for January 6, 2020, when the Clearinghouse becomes fully operational and mandatory reporting begins.
Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse - Home

To access the Clearinghouse once it is operational, authorized users will be required to request access from FMCSA by registering for the Clearinghouse. Registering this fall is the first step in ensuring you will be ready when the Clearinghouse...

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US senator pressures White House on mandatory hair testing:
US senator pressures White House on mandatory hair...

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) has introduced legislation requiring the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to explain why proposed rules on mandatory hair testing for drugs in the transportation sector have yet to be issued. The...

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FMCSA Increases Random Drug Test Rate to 50% for 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for truck drivers. According to ...

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2019 In Review: U.S. Department of Transportation Focuses on Safety and Key Priorities for Commercial Motor Vehicles 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today recapped its 2019 achievements and key priorities for improving safety on the nation’s roadways with large trucks and buses.

“Safety is always #1 at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. 

“Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, FMCSA has been laser-focused on safety and reducing crashes involving large trucks. The Agency’s accomplishments reflect the Trump Administration’s commitment to improving safety on our roadways, reducing regulatory burdens, and strengthening the nation’s motor carrier industry,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen.

Over the past year, FMCSA has advanced key initiatives that promote safety, reduce burdensome regulations, provide critical safety funding, and help more Americans find a job in the trucking industry. Some of these key achievements include:  

Connie Vaughn
McKee Foods Transportation, LLC.
Chairman's Corner
Seeing 2020 ” might be my new go to cliché (or pun!). We have so many good things happening at the association. It’s easy to see 2020 shaping up to be a great year. We are blessed to have a visionary executive committee and dedicated board members ready to take us to the next level. We all recognize we cannot stand still. Especially when it comes to technology. (I don’t’ know about you, but at our place, it seems software and systems need to be upgraded almost as soon as we get them installed and everyone trained!) January is a good time for trucking execs to take time to focus on core business outcomes, and look into future trends and view opportunities for growth. We are doing the same at TTA. 
Legislative Corner
Dale Allen, Adams and Reese, LLP
Clayton Byrd, Adams and Reese, LLP
In November, Governor Bill Lee (R-Franklin) kicked off public budget hearings for the various agencies and departments of state government. The hearings offered a glance into the Governor’s spending priorities for next year, with the topics of rural development and criminal justice reform still garnering attention by the administration.

Contributions were made by:
Kay Habb, Dale Allen, Tommy Hodges, Mark Love, Timothy Reuscher, Greg Shipman, Anthony Metler, Matt Purvis, Alfred Sewell, Jr., Bonnie Kilgore, Dave Huneryager, Jim Jablonski, Pat Marsh, John Ross
Acknowledgement Sent to: Lucy Pemberton
Contributions were made by:
Tommy Hodges
Acknowledgement Sent to: Rena Henson
Contribution to Honor: made by Chris Mealer/Wabash Trailer Sales
Acknowledgement Sent to: Adam Wilson First Fleet