6-15-2020 | Issue 12
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COVID-19 Updates
Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 National Emergency -...

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 National Emergency - For States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers... This waiver expires on September 30, 2020

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Three-Month Waiver in Response to the Economic...

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Grant of waiver. SUMMARY: FMCSA grants a three-month waiver from certain pre-employment testing requirements applicable to employers of drivers subject to 49 CFR part 382....

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Mike Lerman, Regional Director, Phone: (931) 603-6158 Email:

Join us in welcoming our newest Endorsed Partner , Mike Lerman with Call A Doctor Plus, offering Teladoc Telemedicine with special pricing to TTA members.  Their goal is to give you more power to recruit, retain, and reward the best employees and contract drivers. How? By providing all your workers - full time, part-time, contract/1099, even seasonal workers - with TELADOC TELEMEDICINE. That way, everyone has unlimited, 24/7 access to prescription-writing, state-licensed physicians for every-day illnesses without appointments, waiting rooms or lost time and miles.  Best of all – this plan covers everyone in their household regardless of relationship or medical coverage with no doctor visit copay. That’s right - unlimited access for free!  This can lower your group medical plan renewals by diverting claims away from your medical plan while providing a valuable service for all family members or those who opt-out or are ineligible for your medical plan (especially 1099 operators and part-timers). Through the TTA you can take advantage of this awesome members-only benefit for only $10/month/family. That’s the equivalent of a six cent-an-hour raise. Aren’t your people worth it? Your hard-working crews will love it – and you will benefit from their appreciation and loyalty.   

Introductory Webinars will soon be announced. Till then, you can watch a video and check out their websites at:

Five good things that happened in trucking the week of 6-12

Consistent with their never-ending commitment to the nation's economy and its people, the trucking industry continues to see support from all across the country.

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Truckers are so essential to everyone and truly are everyday heroes, so we wanted to create a way to support them. The TTA is launching a Thank A Trucker t-shirt campaign.

We have created 2 different shirt designs, one for the trucker themselves who would like to represent their essential role, and one for friends and family who would love to show their thanks. Each shirt design comes in multiple styles such as t-shirt, long sleeves, tank tops, etc. and have several different colors provided for each. We even have youth sizes for the kiddos who would like to thank their favorite truck driver!

A special thanks to Holly Czuba, Cumberland International Trucks, Inc. for helping with the designs.

We’re really excited about how our driver t-shirts have taken off. Thanks to all that have purchased a t-shirt!! A special thanks to Great West, JD Metals and M & W Transportation , who have collectively purchased 192 t-shirts in bulk. Make your selections now and get your orders in to use at your company meetings and driver appreciations. Let’s keep up the attention on appreciation of drivers in Tennessee!

You can click the links below to purchase either shirt design.
I'm A Trucker Campaign | Bonfire

This I'm a Trucker Campaign will help the Tennessee Trucking Association continue to do our part in Safely Keeping Tennessee on the Move!

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Thank a Trucker Campaign | Bonfire

This Thank a Trucker Campaign will help the Tennessee Trucking Association continue to do our part in Safely Keeping Tennessee on the Move!

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June 3, 2020 (Shelbyville, Tenn.) —The fifth annual Big G Motorcycle Ride benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was a roaring success with the Shelbyville-based carrier’s riders and supporters raising $25,000, which was $15,000 more than their goal this year.
Starting in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., kickstands went up at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30, sending the 148 registered motorcycle riders approximately 75 miles to Monteagle, Tenn. where the fundraiser auction was held at Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Restaurant.

Big G Express More Than Doubles Fundraising Goal with Motorcycle Ride Benefiting St. Jude's 

Truckers move fast. Formalities disappear when communication is hurried. In the rush, sometimes we forget to see each other as people. 
As someone's mom or dad. As someone's son or daughter, grandma or grandpa.
As the son of a trucker, and now trucking industry guru, Dan Baker has both, personal and professional, experience with the phenomenon. And knows just how to fix it.
Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. CT - Dan Baker joins Infinit-I Workforce Solutions for an exceptional webinar focused on reconnecting your workforce to form a real team.
If your employees (dispatchers, recruiters, drivers, etc.) haven't quite found their groove, you don't want to miss this!  Click here to register now.

# Thank A Trucker
As professional truck drivers continue to deliver America's goods during the coronavirus pandemic, the American Trucking Associations, along with the generous support of sponsors OneBeacon, U.S. Bank, Hydro-Chem Systems and Michelin have launched the #ThankATrucker - Providing for the Frontlines campaign. This new campaign is intended to provide relief to the hard-working men and women behind the wheel. This campaign will:
Continue to provide hand sanitizer stations along major freight corridors in order for professional truck drivers on the front lines to fill up their own personal bottles;
Encourage professional drivers, as a part of a contest, to submit a fun photo of themselves with their rig. Once submitted, they will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a $25 electronic gift card for a meal of their choice while on the road. Multiple winners will be selected daily.
All CDL holders are eligible to submit a fun or cool photo of themselves and their rig. Once you have submitted your photo(s), you will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 electronic gift card that we hope will allow all winners to enjoy a meal of their choice while on the road. Multiple winners will be chosen daily. You will be notified by if you are chosen as a winner and the email will include an electronic gift card in the amount of $25. Please click here for  full eligibility rules  and ATA's  Privacy Policy

Three of our Tennessee Road Team Captains, who are now ATA America’s Road Team Captains, have sent us their winning pictures to share.
Tim Chelette - Big G Express
Stephen Richardson - Big G Express
Danny Smith - Big G Express
If you’re an Amazon or Kroger shopper, you can provide support for the Foundation every time you shop on either. Amazon deposits a check into the Foundation account each quarter. Our last deposit from Amazon for Jan-Mar was $58.34. That same quarter from Kroger was $118.86 for 21 households. We know we can do better than this as a membership. If you shop on Amazon or at Kroger and haven’t chosen a charity to benefit from your shopping, please take a few minutes and follow the instructions below. Be a Tennessee Trucking Foundation supporter! 
AmazonSmile Mobile App Instructions @

Join AmazonSmile If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select your favorite charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you. Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app...

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Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. You can use the copy and assets below to share the news with your supporters.
AmazonSmile customers can now support Tennessee Trucking Foundation Inc. in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.


‎Looking for a faster, easier, more rewarding shopping experience? Save time and money with the Kroger app! It puts convenience, savings and rewards at your fingertips. Simply download the app, create an account and register your Kroger Plus Card ...

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Shop at your Neighborhood Kroger Store and earn money for the Tennessee Trucking Foundation! There is no extra cost for this benefit and you will continue to earn your rewards and fuel points while you are helping the Foundation! Link your Kroger Plus Card in the app to the Tennessee Trucking Foundation by following the below steps:

  1. Download the Kroger App and link your Plus Card
  2. Click the Menu
  3. Click 'Rewards' then 'Community Rewards'
  4. Choose the 'Tennessee Trucking Foundation' to support

Then, just swipe your registered Kroger Plus Card each time you shop for groceries, buy gift cards, or fill your tank with gas! Kroger donates a percentage back to the Foundation! 

To learn how to set up Kroger Community Rewards in your app, click here.
Father Knows Best: Son follows Dad’s footsteps right into the driver’s seat
Father and son Tennessee Road Team Captains Rick and John Tetreault – Averitt Express – recognized in article. It was a father’s advice to his son that landed the latter a job with Averitt Express where, within a short time, the son became a trainer, a mentor, a member of the Driver Advisory Council and a Tennessee Road Team Captain, working right alongside his dad. Click here for complete article. (Include the father and son pic we have of them together)
ATRI Issues Call for Motor Carriers to Participate in...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Rebecca Brewster(404) 247-8787June 3, 2020 The American Transportation Research Institute today issued a call for motor carriers to participate in ATRI's annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report. Now ...

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Marijuana Accounts for Most Failed Drug Tests,...

More than 10,000 positive drug tests for marijuana were reported to the federal Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse through the end of May this year, distinguishing pot by far as the banned drug of choice for truck drivers failing tests, according to...

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Contributions were made by:
Dave Huneryager, Greg & Michael Shipman

Acknowledgement Sent to: Randy Vernon

Contributions were made by:
J. B. Baker

Acknowledgement Sent to: Virginia Greer Galbreath

Contributions were made by:
J. B. Baker

Acknowledgement Sent to: Phillip Edwards

Contributions were made by:
J. B. Baker

Acknowledgement Sent to: Dave Foster