For Immediate Release: Pictured above: L to R -Vince Dove –Operations Manager, Dave Jachimski Safety/Compliance Manager, Kevin Sherritze VP Joe Morten & Son, Inc.

South Sioux City, Nebraska–New Waverly Transportation was recently presented a Platinum award by Great West Casualty Company as part of the 2022 National Safety Awards Program. These awards recognize motor carriers who have achieved stringent year-end crash results and have demonstrated a commitment to promoting safe driving practices and workplace safety within their company. The Platinum award is the highest bestowed by Great West Casualty Co. & this marks the 2nd year in a row New Waverly Transportation has earned this honor.

A subsidiary of LP Building Solutions, New Waverly Transportation is a 100% owner-operator carrier headquartered in Nashville, TN. New Waverly operates terminals in Alabama, North Carolina & Texas.

“Without companies like New Waverly Transportation and others in the trucking industry, our country would come to a virtual standstill,” said Randall Oligmueller, President of Joe Morten & Son, Inc. “More than 20 million trucks are traveling down the road daily. With this award, New Waverly sets the standard for other trucking companies to follow.” Joe Morten & Son, Inc. has been partnering with trucking companies for more than eighty years. Joe Morten & Son,Inc. is the only agency owned by Great West Casualty Company, the premier provider of insurance products and services for truckers.


For more information contact: Kevin Sherritze Vice President Joe Morten & Son, Inc. 800.493.7451


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The Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) is excited to announce the dates for its final Roadside Scale events, continuing a long-standing tradition of promoting safety and education within the trucking industry. These pivotal events are scheduled for October 5th in Manchester Roadside, October 17th in Giles County, and October 19th at the Brownsville County Roadside Scales.

A Legacy of Success
For years, TTA has been hosting these educational roadside-scale events. These events have become an integral part of the association’s efforts to ensure safety protocols at roadside scales are well-understood and effectively implemented.

What to Expect
Participants will have the unique opportunity to work alongside State Troopers in conducting Level I, II, and III inspections. These hands-on experiences are designed to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of what prompts a vehicle to be pulled in for inspection, the criteria determining the level of inspection to be performed, and what is expected when paperwork and equipment are checked.

Thank you to all participants, State Troopers, and sponsors for each of our events.  You play a big role in promoting safety in the trucking industry. 

Event Details
The events are free of charge, and lunch will be provided for all participants. The activities begin at 8:00 a.m. local time and conclude around 2:30 pm or 3:00 pm. 


Click here to register for the October 17th event at Giles County Roadside
Click here to register for the October 19th event at Brownsville Roadside Scales

“DMC Driver of the Year Charles Smith and John Cole, Nominator and Director of Safety at FirstFleet.”


DMC Insurance has selected Charles Smith of FirstFleet, Inc. as the 2023 Driver of the Year. All insureds were given the opportunity to nominate up to three drivers for this recognition. Charles was deservedly selected as the winning driver by the judging committee, comprised of external and internal trucking industry experts. The award and accompanying prize package was presented to Charles during an appreciation event that DMC held at his home terminal in Cleveland, TN.

“Pictured from left to right: John Cole, Nominator and Director of Safety at FirstFleet; Phil Thompson, Risk Engineer at DMC; Charles Smith, Driver of the Year; Vikas Shah, EVP of Marketing & Analytics at DMC; Heather Halmi, Director of Marketing at DMC; Joe Zinn, Terminal Manager at FirstFleet”


While all of the candidates were impressive, Charles’ long driving history and dedication to teaching others in the profession set him apart. Charles served our country for 20 years in the U.S. Army and was a driver trainer and instructor for the majority of that time. Additionally, he has been a driver trainer at FirstFleet for 22 years, educating drivers about safe driving practices and customer service.


“The FirstFleet team celebrates Charles with a round of applause.”

He is meticulous in his approach to his work and was recently selected as a 2023-2024 Tennessee Road Team Captain, through which he has begun to teach the next generation of truck drivers. His 40+ years in the industry, mentorship to FirstFleet’s driver base, and continuous service to his country and community represent exactly the type of candidate we aim to honor through this award.

More details about Charles and the DMC Driver of the Year Award program can be found in the attached press release and at

Media Contact:
Angie Harrison

Food Logistics Names Covenant as Recipient of 2023 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers Award

 (Chattanooga, TN; May 31st, 2023) – Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of products through the global cold food supply chain, named Covenant Logistics Group, Inc as one of the winners of this year’s Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers Award, which recognizes leading third-party logistics and cold storage providers in the cold food and beverage industry. 
“From driver shortages to natural disasters, the last 12 months have continued to challenge the 3PL space. But it’s the 3PLs and the cold storage providers that keep moving cold food product through the chain, despite the disruption,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “And, it’s these 3PLs and cold storage providers that work to adopt and adapt to operate in a safer, more efficient manner. That’s why it’s important we honor and celebrate the top 3PLs and cold storage providers, both nationally and internationally.”


“Cold storage logistics requires attention to every detail. Our team is committed to knowing our customers’ exact requirements. We design high training standards and a consistent tracking process to meet those requirements. We believe these are the keys to providing superior service to our customers.”

– Lynn Doster, EVP Dedicated and Warehouse Operations


Many of this year’s winners offer a variety of 3PL services, including air cargo, bulk/liquid bulk transportation, direct-store delivery, freight forwarding, refrigerated trucking, truckload brokerage and more. Many of the cold storage services offered range from blast freezing and cross docking to inventory management and warehousing/distribution management.


Recipients of this year’s award will be profiled in Food Logistics’ May/June 2023 print issue. Go to to view the full list of winners. Go to to learn more about other Food Logistics’ awards. 


About Covenant Logistics

Covenant Logistics Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers a portfolio of transportation and logistics services to customers throughout the United States. Primary services include asset-based expedited and dedicated truckload capacity, asset-light warehousing, transportation management, and freight brokerage capabilities. In addition, Transport Enterprise Leasing is an affiliated company providing revenue equipment sales and leasing services to the trucking industry. Covenant’s Class A common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “CVLG.”



About Food LogisticsFood Logistics reaches more than 26,000 supply chain executives in the global food and beverage industries, including executives in the food sector (growers, producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and grocers) and the logistics section (transportation, warehousing, distribution, software and technology) who share a mutual interest in the operations and business aspects of the global cold food supply chain. Food Logistics and sister publication Supply & Demand Chain Executive also operate SCN Summit and Women in Supply Chain Forum. Go to to learn more.
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On April 29th, 2023, at the Tennessee Truck Drivers Competition Banquet, Bobby Rue was awarded the Tennessee Trucking Association & Foundation Driver of the Year award. Bobby was recognized for his safe driving and dedication to the industry. This award was given not based on any one act but as a lifetime achievement for his outstanding work.

Each year, the Tennessee Trucking Association opens nominations for its Annual Driver of the Year Competition to be recognized at the Truck Driving Championship Awards banquet. Companies are encouraged to nominate the driver in their company most deserving of this recognition and this year’s driver is no exception.

Bobby has been driving a commercial motor vehicle for 23 years and has driven over 3,000,000 miles. He is an Over the Road Driver and has never had a preventable accident. He has never received a violation or citation and demonstrates complete professionalism at work and at home.

Before entering the trucking industry, Bobby spent 21 years as an EMT/Firefighter with the Philadelphia Volunteer Fire Department. After retiring from his firefighting career in 1999, Bobby enrolled in truck driver training school and began his career at Ozark Motor Lines, where he has been ever since.


Bobby is best known for his willingness to help others. He is a certified Smith System Instructor, a Truckers Against Trafficking trained Driver and a Road Team Captain for the Tennessee Trucking Foundation’s Road Team. He performs community outreach by sharing safe driving habits and sets an excellent example for his fellow drivers.

When Bobby is not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys fishing, studying American History, and searching for buried treasure with his metal detector. Bobby currently resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and is a true asset to the trucking industry.

The Tennessee Trucking Association and Foundation’s Driver of the Year award is a significant accomplishment, and we are thrilled to congratulate Bobby Rue on receiving this honor. His dedication to safety and his commitment to helping others make him an exemplary representative of the trucking industry. We’re proud to have Bobby Rue as the TTA 2023 Truck Driver of the Year.  

Are you ready for a night of fun, food, and fundraising? The Young Professionals Council of the Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) is hosting a bowling event called “Let the Good Times Roll” to benefit the TTF on June 15th, 2023.

The TTF is a nonprofit wing of the Tennessee Trucking Association that provides scholarships and spreads road education across the state. By attending this event, you can support the TTF’s mission while enjoying a night of bowling and networking.

We look forward to seeing you for a night of fun and fundraising. Let’s roll!

For more information, contact Sarah Heffington at

The Memphis PD is having issues with CMV trucks going through the city because of GPS navigation issues.  

The majority of the CMV trucks are going north on I-55 near the river, but the GPS often says to keep going straight and not stay on I-55 and head West over the river.  However, going straight means running straight into the construction (in red) on Riverside Drive. Memphis PD has seen many CMV trucks driving through the city because they are lost and trying to turn around. See the photo attached. 

The best route to take is I-240 North (physical signs say I-240, but Google Maps shows the updated I-69).  This Riverside Drive closure will be well into 2024, so it will be long-term.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Memphis PD or Tennessee Trucking Association if you have any questions, or need further information.  




The J. J. Keller Center for Market insights is the research arm of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The center conducts studies that are then shared with the public to further awareness of and conversation about important safety and compliance topics.


Currently, we are fielding an anonymous survey about in-cab technology, specifically focused on light and medium-duty fleets. I am not certain if you have many members in this category. However, if you are so inclined and want to share this survey link, we would welcome your members’ participation.


The survey is open from through Monday, March 20.


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