7-1-2020 | Issue 13
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Chairman's Corner

Connie Vaughn
McKee Foods Transportation, LLC.
How will you celebrate our nations independence this year? Will it be different than in years past? Most likely for many of us. But the underlying intent is the same - celebrate the good things about America and renew our collective efforts to make life better for the next generation.

TTA has an important part in making life and livelihoods better for the next generation of trucking professionals. TTA member companies must renew our collective efforts to ensure that TTA can carry on the work for generations to come with a focus on safety, training, and making this industry known and attractive to the next group of young professionals.

Sure, some things are different. Some things need to change. We may need a different approach or a different perspective. We can do that. We will improve. We’ve proven it time and again.

What hasn’t changed? We need you.
PAVING THE WAY, Tennessee Trucking Association

When you have visited the Tennessee Trucking Association headquarters, I hope you have noticed the 43 company or individuals' names on pavers at the entrance to our building. The people and companies inscribed on these pavers contributed to the...

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The TTA staff were so excited to get their Thank A Trucker t-shirts in! We love the way they look, feel, and fit. You can still order yours at the link below😊

Tennessee Trucking Association 2020 Convention, IT'S A GO!!

September 20-22, 2020 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH GOLF RESORT & SPA 4000 Sandestin Boulevard South Destin, FL 32550 We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the TTA Convention. Register NOW!!

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Covenant Transport drivers featured in salute to...

Two Covenant Transport drivers who have merged marriage and the demands of cross-country, around-the-clock trucking were recently featured on a CBS special with Harry Connick Jr. highlighting essential workers. "It's one of those...

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Lytx Roadways Coloring Book

We know virtual work and managing kids isn't easy. Use this coloring book and roadways page to help keep them occupied so that you can join Lytx on a virtual demo or training webinar or even just read up on the latest market trends.

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Unveiling the 2020 Top 100 For-Hire Carriers

Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed 2020 into a challenging and unprecedented year for the trucking industry. Freight networks faced major disruptions as businesses temporarily...

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Optym launches Axele

Optym announced the launch of Axele, a transportation management software for small and midsized carriers in the full truckload industry (FTL). Axele's predictive analytics automates many of a trucking firm's core functions -- including load...

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FMCSA and NIC have made not preventable crash data available on commercial drivers’ PSP records.

Crashes that are determined not preventable through FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) are now notated in PSP. If there is a crash on a driver’s PSP record that meets the not preventable criteria under CPDP, it may be submitted for review through DataQs at . More information on eligible crash types and how to submit a Request for Data Review (RDR) visit the CPDP .

PSP records contain driver data including all FMCSA-reportable crashes that occurred in the last five years, and roadside inspections and violations that happened in the last three years.

For more information about PSP, please visit:
Official UCR | Enforcement Begins July 1

The UCR Agreement is found in 49 United States Code (USC) section 14504a (hereinafter referred to as section 14504a or § 14504a). These 41 states are included in the UCR Act.

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Crash Preventability Determination Program Changes to SMS

Motor carriers participating in FMCSA's Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) will see their Safety Measurement System (SMS) information change within 60 days after the Agency's determinations. FMCSA will continue to list all crashes...

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At a time when the nation relied on the freight transportation industry more than ever, we saw innumerable individuals step up to shoulder the burden and their stories deserve to be told. Transport Topics has been the leading news and information ...

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New Research Documents the Scale of Nuclear Verdicts in...

Highlights Multi-faceted Approach to Controlling Litigation Losses FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Dan Murray(651) 641-6162June 23, 2020 Arlington, VA - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released comprehensive research...

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Sales Tax Holiday

The state of Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free. The 2020...

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2020 Convention Silent Auction

Our 2020 Silent Auction Committee kicked-off with a Zoom meeting last week. Below is the list of volunteer committee members who will be working very hard over the next few weeks to contact members about their auction item donations.

Greg Shipman is once again our very motivating Committee Chair with help from Anthony Allen - Willis Towers Watson, Julia Harcourt and Randy Hooper - Katz, Sapper & Miller, Sarah Heffington - M & W Transportation, Craig Kendall and Josh Ray - The Pete Store, John Seeman - Tag Truck Center, Perry Wilson - McKee Foods Transportation and TTA Staff Donna England, Dave Huneryager, Catherine Stuart and Ashlee Taylor. Please do what you can for this Foundation Fundraiser when someone from the Auction Committee calls or emails you.

The Auction will be very different this year. We will be trying a new online platform for the auction in order to help attendees social distance and also to give those who may not be able to attend an opportunity to bid. The items will be listed online and bidding will be in real time with notifications sent out on items you have bid on when someone outbids you. We think it will be very exciting and are proud to have this change in place for everyone's safety and convenience.

Below are links to the two forms for auction donations. The blue link is for the Auction Donation Letter and the red link is for the Donation Form. Here is a sampling of what we think would be popular to donate: gift cards and baskets, small electronics, ladies accessories, sports equipment, children's toys or teen items. Some of you donate cash and we purchase items listed for you. We thank you for all the past support and know that your support will get us through again this year!
Auction Letter:

Like many of you, we are trying to find some normalcy in our lives now. Our economy has been battered by this unprecedented viral attack. While all of our revenue events have been cancelled or re-scheduled for the year, we are hopeful that we will be able to be together in Destin for our 2020 Annual Convention and Auction. We are moving forward with that goal in mind. It will be a challenge to do this in a manner that will keep everyone safe and well, but we are working on that and plan to be there for our industry and to continue to provide crucial information and support to our members. We have been to convention in spite of other disasters, but nothing at the magnitude of this present one.  
TTF Scholarships Recipients

TTF AWARDED $10,500 IN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE 2020-21 ACADEMIC YEAR. Recipients are: Kimmel Baerns, a renewal, will be a senior at the East Tennessee State University majoring in nursing. Her father is Scott Baerns, Skyline Transportation, Inc.,

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Dale Allen, Adams and Reese, LLP 
Clayton Byrd, Adams and Reese, LLP
The 111th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die just after 3 a.m. on June 19th with agreements on the budget, but the two chambers failed to come to terms on major legislative initiatives such as COVID-19 protection for businesses, certificate of need legislation, and telemedicine. This month’s adjournment lacked much of the pomp and circumstance typically associated with sine die, perhaps a fitting end to a session that began with a new Governor and a considerable amount of new members, and would ultimately experience two different House Speakers, a tornado, a pandemic, three separate budgets in two years, and an uncharacteristic level of sparring between the two chambers regarding both the scope of legislation to be deliberated and -- in several cases -- the content of that legislation. Lawmakers also grappled with an unprecedented budget situation and frequent protests.  


Contributions were made by:
Dale Allen, Dave Huneryager, Pat Landreth, Tommy Hodges, Sonny Briley, Greg & Michael Shipman, Lynn & Joani Arnold

Acknowledgement Sent to: John Ross

Contributions were made by:
Dave Huneryager
Acknowledgement Sent to: Evan Miller

Contributions were made by:
Tommy Hodges, Phillip Edwards, Dave Huneryager, Greg Shipman

Acknowledgement Sent to: Randy Vernon

Contributions were made by:
J. B. Baker
Acknowledgement Sent to: Glinda Mixon

Contributions were made by:
J. B. Baker
Acknowledgement Sent to: Robin & Brian Edwards

Contributions were made by:
J. B. Baker
Acknowledgement Sent to: TBD