02-1-2023 | Issue 3

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Upcoming Events

February 16-17 - Road Team Training

February 22-23 - NATMI Safety and DOT Compliance

March 16 - ROADSIDE - Manchester Scales

March 20-25 - NATMI CSS & CDS Fleet Safety Certification

March 29 - ROADSIDE Giles County Scales

March 30 - MTN Sporting Clay Shoot

More Events


RaceTrac Press Releases & News | RaceTrac

About RaceTrac Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, family-owned RaceTrac has been serving guests since 1934 and now operates over 550 convenience store locations in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas.

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Amanda James, Customer Relationship Manager

Race Trac Petroleum, Inc.

200 Galleria Pkwy. SE, Suite 900

Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: (615) 727-3737


About Our Firm | Oakbridge

Oakbridge provides insurance and proactive services for families and businesses, protecting the communities where we live and work. For over 100 years, our founding firms have grown strong by building our business one relationship at a time.

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Derek Rende, Partner

Oakbridge Insurance.

325 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 201

Chattanooga, TN 37405

Phone: (423) 362-5745


Webasto Group - Provider for Original Equipment & Customized Solutions

Webasto develops and produces innovative roof systems, heating and cooling solutions, and charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Tommy Smith, SE Regional Sales Manager

Webasto Thermo & Comfort N.A.

15083 North Road

Fenton, MI 48430

Phone: (248) 703-7926

RB Logistics

We are specialized in evaluating and providing smart, modern, flexible, sustainable, and high-quality logistic solutions throughout the supply chain process to world-leading chemical and mining companies on a global scale.

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Angie Williams, Operations Manager, North America

RB Intermodal, LLC

2228 N. Parkway E.

Jackson, TN 38301

Phone: (731) 234-6269



Jason Higginbotham

Ozark Motor Lines, Inc.

As I sit down to write this month’s newsletter to you all, the gray and the winter weather have me in mind of Groundhog Day tomorrow! Let’s hope Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow and we can hopefully get away from this winter weather sooner rather than later.

Your association continues to be active on many fronts on your behalf. In Nashville the General Assembly is back in session so be sure and check out Dale Allen’s legislative update. In related news the annual Call on Washington has been scheduled for Tuesday March 28th through Thursday March 30th and I would highly encourage members to attend. Email Donna for more information.

Hopefully all of you are as anxious to hear who this years new Road Team Captains are as I am. The Road Team is a vital element of the Associations outreach and image campaigns, and they serve as ambassadors representing the trucking industry statewide. Without these outstanding men and women, your Association would struggle to make the kind of positive impact on your behalf statewide, so thank you to those companies that participate and support the Road Team.

The Association will be holding a NATMI training at the office February 22 and 23. Additionally on the 16th and 17th the Foundation will be training the 2023 Road Team Captains.

See all of you next month!


Have you seen the 2022 TTF Photo Book? It's full of all of the events from our Foundation in 2022!

Click to view the 2022 Tennessee Trucking Foundation Lookbook!

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As our Charmain stated in his comments, our Road Team Captains make a huge impact each year helping us with our mission to advance highway safety and save lives on Tennessee’s roadways, through education and information.

We are excited to announce that we won the 2022 Tennessee Society of Association Executives Program of Excellence Award, in the category Associations Impact Tennessee. This is awarded to associations for their impact and efforts in their association and community.

They presented this award to two associations this year instead of one. Our Foundation along with the Tennessee Concrete Association was presented with this award on Monday, January 30th at their annual awards luncheon. We would like to thank all the Road Team Captains and their companies for allowing them to help serve our Foundation in this capacity.


The Tennessee Trucking Association will make its annual Call on Washington March 28-30, 2023. This year's visit presents another unique opportunity to meet with our delegation. Regulations and policies are important factors in the business decisions made by trucking companies every day. Your participation is invited and needed. 

We will begin with a policy briefing with the staff at ATA beginning around 3:00 pm EST on Tuesday, March 28th. Directly after, will be a reception sponsored by the ATA. We will do our visit to the hill on March 29th and plan on returning home Thursday, March 30, 2023.


We will not have a group room block. However, the below list of hotels can be reserved under the ATA rooming discount. If you plan on attending, please go ahead and make your hotel reservations. Several have already booked rooms at Homewood Suites.

The best airport to fly into is Washington D.C.Reagon. It is 10-15 minutes from the hotel.


Please click here to register online, email Donna England at, or call (615) 777-2882, so we can have an accurate count of those who will attend the event. More information will be sent out to the ones that register closer to the event.



AC Hotel Washington D.C. Capitol Hill/Navy Yard

867 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20003

(202) 488-3600 

Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC-Navy Yard

1265 First Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

(202) 800-1000

Homewood Suites Washington DC Capital-Navy Yard

1233 1st Street, SE

Washington DC, 20003


Residence Inn Capitol Hill/Navy Yard

50 M Street, SE

Washington DC. 20003



Thanks very much, and we look forward to having you with us!


Donna England,

President & CEO


Truckers Trying to Navigate the Notch Could Lead to a Fine Mess | Transport Topics

This truck sustained extensive tire damage while attempting to cross Smugglers' Notch. (Christopher Lynch/Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles/Valley News) [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] Vermont transportation officials have a message for truckers seeking to follow their GPS up state Route 108 through Smugglers' Notch and over Mount Mansfield: You'll get stuck and fined up to $4,000.

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International Roadcheck

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety. International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 15 trucks and motorcoaches inspected, on average, every minute across North America during a 72-hour period.

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UPDATED DATE: Want to Drive Down Your Drivers Risk of Developing Diabetes?, Tennessee Trucking Association

The St. Christopher Truckers Fund (SCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves over-the-road semi-truck drivers across the nation. The SCF has two missions of service. The first mission is to provide financial assistance to drivers and their families when an illness or injury has recently caused them to be out of work.

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Federal Officials Plan to Add Fentanyl to Drug Tests | Transport Topics

Federal drug regulators could soon announce plans to add fentanyl to a drug testing panel that would detect use of the dangerous drug among safety-sensitive federal employees - ultimately including truck drivers - after adoption by the Department of Transportation.

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Exploring Careers: Trucking Industry

How about adding just one more New Year's resolution to your list? Volunteer to speak to a class of middle school or high school students about the trucking industry and future career opportunities. Yes, you can do it. It is important to pass along our own experience and knowledge to future generations, it's rewarding and now it is easier than ever.

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Winter Preventative Maintenance

Tips for Trucks

Make sure your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained before the winter season is here, to keep your fleet up and running. The steps will help ensure that your vehicle is as prepared as possible to survive the winter roads.


In winter weather, it’s important to keep your windshield clean. Make sure your wipers are in good condition and make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid. It’s better to spend a little more money on windshield wipers now than to have to keep replacing them frequently throughout winter. This is a vital part of truck maintenance that not everyone thinks about.


The tires need to be properly inflated and have enough tread. This will help you maintain traction on icy or snowy roads. If you need new tires, don’t delay in getting them! Proper tires on your truck are crucial for winter driving.


Your battery works harder in cold weather, so make sure it’s in good condition. Low temperatures cause it to drain more quickly. Check the terminals and clean them if necessary.  

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Marty Pollock, Director of Safety

Tennessee Trucking Association


Dale Allen, Adams and Reese, LLP

Tennessee Legislative Recap: Lee Highlights Transportation, Energy in Inaugural Address; Senate Gets Underway


Governor Bill Lee Sworn In for Second and Final Term


Tennessee Governor Bill Lee took the oath of office for his second and final four-year term on January 21, featuring a day that began with a star-studded worship service and ended with a black-tie ball. More than 1,500 people were slated to attend Gov. Lee’s inauguration, held outside at Legislative Plaza under sunny skies, a welcomed departure from his last inauguration which was forced inside due to rain. In his inaugural address, Lee praised Tennessee’s virtues as leading the nation in economic development and fiscal stewardship while touting the need for civility, a gesture likely aimed at encouraging nonpartisan efforts among lawmakers. He laid out his vision for the remainder of his time in office, including developing the transportation and energy strategy his administration first unveiled earlier this month, enhancing conservation efforts, and improving the state’s foster care and adoption system to better protect children. Earlier this month, Governor Lee introduced the Transportation Modernization Act, his administration’s infrastructure plan to address the state’s exponential growth and resulting traffic congestion. Lee emphasized his ongoing commitment to Tennesseans to not take on any debt or raise taxes, but shared his intention to make “strategic transportation investments that prepare rural and urban communities for increased economic advantages and improved mobility in the years ahead.” Through the use of choice lanes, increased private investment in urban roadways, and efforts toward quicker delivery on road projects, Lee’s proposal seeks to solve current and future mobility challenges.

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** Apply Until February 1, 2023**


Due to the multiple school closings throughout Middle Tennessee, we have decided to extend the deadline for the Scholarship Application to Friday, February 3rd at 5pm

Tennessee Trucking Foundation (TTF) Scholarships are available. Scholarship recipients who are entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years at accredited colleges or universities located in Tennessee are eligible


The scholarship program is administered by the Board of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by them. In evaluating applicants, the committee will consider academic aptitude, test scores, an essay that focuses on the role the trucking industry plays in the economic vitality of Tennessee, extracurricular activities and financial need. 


The deadline to submit applications to the Community Foundation for 2023-24 academic year scholarships is February 1, 2023.  


The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Scholarship Application is now OPEN (LIVE) on the website. The scholarships will have a deadline of February 1, 2023 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 this website and click on Apply Now If applicants have questions, they can email or The application contains all of the instructions for completing the application.

Tennessee Trucking Foundation Video Campaigns

The Tennessee Trucking Foundation recently commissioned videos to share road safety basics with the community. These videos are a fun way for the Foundation to emphasize road safety at Road Team events. Click to view the videos below. 

Video Campaign Created for our Teens & Trucks



Connie Connery

Contributions were made by: Tommy Hodges


 Acknowledgement Sent to: Linda Huneryager

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

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