Washington – Fourteen members of the Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with the state’s congressional delegation. 

Tennessee’s 22,070 primarily small, locally owned trucking businesses provide 249,000 good-paying, family-supporting jobs in the Volunteer State.  The TTA members urged Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty as well as their U.S. Representatives to advocate for policies that will help grow this essential pillar of the state’s economy.

“Trucking is essential to the economy, and our industry works hard every single day to deliver for the American people.  When policy roadblocks arise, we depend on the support from our elected leaders in Washington and in Nashville to help get our supply chain moving again,” said Donna England, president & CEO of the Tennessee Trucking Association.  “We appreciate our Members of Congress taking the time to meet with us to talk in-depth about some of the top issues facing our industry and explore ways we can work together to push for bipartisan solutions that will be beneficial for both truckers and consumers.”

In their meeting in Representative Mark Green’s office, the TTA members expressed their gratitude for the Congressman responding to concerns they first raised last year.  During the group’s previous visit to Washington, they told Representative Green about truckers’ difficulties obtaining transportation security credentials.  The Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act he subsequently introduced would help fix this issue by eliminating redundant fees and background checks for essential transportation workers.

TTA’s discussions with lawmakers and congressional staff extended to a number of additional pressing challenges, such as:

Preventing lawsuit abuse

Due to trial lawyers exploiting the legal system, lawsuits targeting trucking have increased at an exponential pace in both the volume of cases and the size of verdict awards.  Between 2010 and 2018, the average size of large verdicts increased by nearly 1,000%, from $2.3 million to $22.3 million.  These exorbitant costs are spread across the entire industry and are ultimately passed down to consumers in the form of increased prices for goods and skyrocketing insurance premiums.  TTA is supportive of comprehensive lawsuit abuse reform to restore fairness and balance to the judicial system.

Promoting workforce development

Given the ongoing shortage of truck drivers, TTA has pushed for legislation that would make it easier for Tennesseans to fill these roles, embark on bright career paths, and make good wages.  Among other workforce development initiatives, TTA supports the LICENSE Act, which would simplify the CDL credentialing process without compromising safety.

Addressing energy and environment issues

The trucking industry has made massive strides in reducing tailpipe emissions over the past 35 years.  As a result, the industry has cut harmful NOx and particulate matter emissions by 99%, virtually eliminated all sulfur-dioxide emissions, and stands to cut 1.37 billion metric tons of CO2 between 2014 and 2027.  In fact, 60 of today’s trucks emit what just one truck emitted in 1988. 

TTA called on their Members of Congress to build on this progress by encouraging innovation rather than one-size-fits-all mandates and setting achievable regulatory targets and timelines.  One solution to help get the newest, cleanest trucks on the road is to repeal the federal excise tax on heavy-duty trucks and trailers, which adds upwards of $20,000 to the cost of a new clean-diesel tractor.



The meetings were facilitated by the American Trucking Associations’ Call on Washington program, which provides members with the opportunity to meet directly with Members of Congress, key congressional staff, federal regulators, and fellow industry leaders to discuss legislation and regulations affecting the trucking industry.  The ATA Federation has a permanent presence in the halls of Congress year-round, with state associations visiting weekly on a rolling basis.



Paladin Capital, Inc. is announcing the retirement of its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Prevost, effective April 1, 2024. Bill  joined Quickway  as President in 2004 and was the visionary and founding force behind the formation of its ESOP which today is the largest and most diverse ESOP in the transportation industry. In 2016 Quickway’s holding company became Paladin Capital Inc. Bill has dedicated over two decades of his career to the Company, demonstrating unwavering commitment, leadership, and vision. His strategic acumen and guidance were instrumental in driving Paladin Capital’s acquisitions, internal growth, and success. He has been totally committed to the core value of safety, making Paladin Capital an industry leader in safe driving and accident prevention. Since the formation of the ESOP in 2004, under Bill’s leadership, the share price of Paladin Capital has grown at 15.4% per year.  Paladin Capital expresses its deepest gratitude for his instillation and daily modeling of our core values and inspirational leadership during his tenure.

Brian Hall will become the new Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Capital, Inc. effective upon Mr. Prevost’s retirement. Brian is the current President and Chief Operating Officer of Paladin Capital’s Value-Added Services Business Unit.  Previously, Brian was with Werner Enterprises as a Director for 10 years and D.M. Bowman as CEO for 16 years. Mr. Hall stated, “We have an outstanding team that Bill has built, I am excited to work alongside them to chart our path forward for the benefit of our employee shareholders and customers.” 


Paladin Capital, Inc. is a 100% employee-owned ESOP and consists of the Quickway companies, SNL Distribution Services Corp., Robert Bearden, Inc., Dolphin Line, Inc.,  Magnum Express, Inc.,  Capital City Leasing, Inc., Freight Contracting Services, LLC, Central Logistics, Inc., Sutherland National Insurance Company, and Paladin Technologies.


Nestled in the scenic surroundings of Collegedale, TN, McKee Foods opened its doors to a group of passionate professionals all united by one mission – enhancing road safety. The stunning facility served as more than just a meeting place; it became a crucible where ideas and experiences melded together to forge new paths for safety in trucking.

From the get-go, the day’s agenda promised a blend of expertise and innovation​​:

Crash Update and Impact on Supply Chain: A critical look at how large truck crashes affect the local supply chain, with insights on prevention strategies.

Freight and Parking Projects: Updates on freight logistics and the latest on truck parking projects in Tennessee, shedding light on the ripple effects across neighboring states.

Port Logistics Update: A deep dive into the operations of the Georgia Ports Authority and how they influence Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Thrive Regional Infrastructure Portal: A live demonstration of a new geospatial data portal that’s set to revolutionize transportation stakeholders’ operations in Freight Alley.

Each session was a stepping stone towards a clearer understanding of the current safety landscape and what the future holds for the industry.

The speakers’ list was nothing short of impressive, featuring voices like Stephanie Mann from FMCSA-TN, Captain Allen England from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Wesley Barrell from the Georgia Ports Authority. They, along with many others, didn’t just speak; they engaged, challenged, and inspired every attendee to think differently about safety.

The event wasn’t all talk. The interactive Kahoot quiz on what was learned, and the feedback session where everyone shared their take on improving future events, ensured that this was a day of active participation. It was clear – this coalition was ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work. And what’s a meeting without a little treat? Participants not only left with new insights and connections but also with boxes of Little Debbies snack cakes thanks to McKee, a sweet end to a productive day.

For those wondering who should attend future meetings, how to get involved, or about the cost – it’s free, aimed at trucking professionals, and with more meetings planned across Tennessee, there’s an opportunity for everyone to jump on board. As the inaugural CPR Safety Coalition Meeting came to a close, it was clear that this wasn’t just another event. It was the start of something bigger – a concerted effort towards a safer future on the roads. 

Click here to join the waitlist and receive notifications on the next CPR event scheduled for Memphis, TN in April 2024.

View more photos from the CPR event here.


📊 Event Slides

Dive into detailed analyses, insights, and innovative ideas shared during our sessions.You can view the slides here.

If you cannot access them through the above link. Please find the slides below.

Allen England – TN Highway Patrol

Stephanie.Mann- FMCSA

Dollena McHenry – TN Highway Patrol

Dan Pallme – TN Department of Transportation

Shannon Millsaps – THRIVE

Grady Phillips & Rhonda Harris – Workforce QA & Law Enforcement Agency

Jason Harris AL Law Enforcement Agency.

Captain Dawn Arrowood – GA Department of Public Safety

Sharae Moore – She Trucking Foundation

Wesley Barrell- GA Ports Authority

View the agenda from the Chattanooga Coalition for an overview of the day’s events. 



NASHVILLE, TN, November 22, 2023 – The Tennessee Trucking Foundation and the Young Professional Council (YPC) of the Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) proudly announce the success of their 5th Annual Haulin’ for the Holidays initiative. With a fundraising achievement of $100,000 this year, they will start deliveries on December 1st, ending in a grand finale toy drive on December 14th. This effort will provide clothing, food, and toys to families across Tennessee.

“There is not a harder working and more generous group of people than the trucking industry!” said YPC Chairperson Sarah Heffington of M & W Logistics. “The idea for a statewide toy drive started five years ago and has been driven by the Young Professional Council of the Tennessee Trucking Association as a way for trucking companies and industry partners to pull together and bless children and families across our state whose Christmas otherwise would not be as bright.” She states, “For me, ‘Haulin for the Holidays’ is personal. There was not one Christmas growing up that I wondered if there would be presents under the tree. Unfortunately, for many children
and teens across our state, that is not always the case, and the trucking industry is doing our part to change that.”

This year, the initiative has received overwhelming support from various “Angel Sponsors” within the trucking community.

“I’m floored by our trucking community’s generosity,” said Jessie Merritt, Executive Vice President of Sales for Reliance Partners and former chairman of the YPC. “This year is remarkable because we will more than double our funds raised from last year AND it’s a very challenging freight market. The Tennessee Trucking Association is home to the best and brightest in our industry and I’m inspired by the hustle and grit that makes these generous donations possible.”

Haulin’ for the Holidays is more than a toy drive. It stands for the mission of making a lasting impact on young lives and organizations supporting youth development. The YPC carefully personalizes donations to each non-profit’s specific needs, whether they need toys, books, or even bounce houses for school celebrations. “We’re thoughtful about the population we’re serving,” Merritt said. “We’re enthusiastic about representing every child in the toys or books they receive.”

Donna England, President of TTA, expressed her pride towards the young professionals working diligently to support these charities. “It is also very pleasing to see the work the charities are doing in our communities, and I am grateful that we get to play a part in helping them fulfill their mission,” added England.

The YPC invites everyone to join the Haulin’ for the Holidays finale on December 14th, 2023. The event will take place at Adams and Reese LLP, 1600 West End Ave, Unit 1400, Nashville, TN 37203, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy and join in the holiday cheer. Special thanks to Reliance Partners for providing food and beverages.

The ultimate goal for the YPC is to continue growing this initiative. Heffington states, “As for what is to come and how we plan to grow our ‘Haulin’ for the Holidays’ campaign in the years to come, stay tuned. We are working on plans that just may include taking this movement to other state trucking associations in an effort to grow our campaign nationwide!”

For more information about the Young Professionals Council and the Haulin’ for the Holidays initiative, please visit www.tntrucking.org/YPC.

Thank you to the following generous sponsors for the 2023 Haulin’ for the Holidays initiative:

Adams and Reese LLP, Ascend Transportation, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, Christenson Transportation, Cumberland International, Direct ChassisLink, Inc., Dunavant Global Logistics, FirstExpress, Inc., FirstFleet, Inc., Fleetco, Inc., FLS Transportation Services, Fountain Equipment Finance and Bonnie Kilgor Oslonian, HEC Leasing, JOST International, Konexial, Inc., Lytx, MHC Kenworth, Knoxville MHC Kenworth, Nashville, M&W Transportation, Motive, MS Logistics, Ozark Motor Lines, Inc., Pemberton Truck Lines, Inc., Pinnacle Bank, Reliance Partners, R. E. West, Inc., Sadler Brothers, Skyline Transportation, TAG Truck Center, TCW, Inc., Tennessee Freight Company, Tenny Group, Titan Transfer, TT Wilson Company, and Venture Express. We’d also like to thank the personal sponsorship from Tommy Hodges, Phillip Edwards, Pat Marsh, Debra Brake, and Dave Huneryager, your support has made this season an exceptional one. Thank you!




About the Tennessee Trucking Association

Founded in 1930, TTA was forged out of the belief that a strong, unified industry would be essential in remaining effective and profitable in the future. Today, TTA is the driving force and the voice of the trucking industry in Tennessee. As an independent, non-profit trade association representing trucking companies and industry vendors, TTA exists to encourage the healthy growth and betterment of its more than 500 members statewide. TTA represents an important engine of Tennessee’s economy, supporting over 200,000 jobs and the safe transport of goods across the state. The Tennessee Trucking Association is an affiliate of the American Trucking Associations.

Press Contact:
Donna England



 Tennessee Trucking Association Fall Conference 2023

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR October 25th – 27th 

Join us at the highly anticipated Tennessee Trucking Association Fall Conference on October 25th – 27th, 2023, hosted at the Hilton Knoxville in the heart of Knoxville.

The conference offers an opportunity to network with peers and gain valuable insights. Immerse yourself in the city center with other trucking industry professionals to foster connections, exchange ideas, and stay ahead of the latest industry trends. Sign up below for the Fall Conference. 





About The Keynote Speaker

Tim Richardson

Tim Richardson is a nationally recognized leadership, sales, and service speaker who’s been entertaining and engaging audiences for over 30 years. In his dynamic presentations, Tim weaves the lessons he’s learned working on a sales team with IBM, working in management with an award-winning resort, and from years of consulting with clients in financial services, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, telecommunications, and many other industries into his presentations.

He’s been a key speaker to hundreds of associations and companies around the globe. Tim is the author of Jump Starts, Wit, and Wisdom to Super Charge Your Day and co-author of Transformation Thinking.  He’s a member of the National Speakers Association and earned the coveted CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation over 20 years ago. 

He founded the Bill Walter Melanoma Research Fund and served as President of the foundation for 20 years. Tim is the proud father of six kids and proud husband to his superhero wife, Adele for whom he has been married 27 years.​

Keynote  – The Power of the Pause: How a Reset Brings Sanity to the Workplace

Our workload, pace, and schedules are so fast and ever-changing that we are losing ground at work. Most of us simply haven’t taken enough pauses in our work and personal lives to maintain positive momentum. Over the last few years, you have likely experienced fear, fatigue, staffing challenges, low morale, and poor self-care. Regaining our sanity while rebuilding morale, teamwork, and a highly engaged staff are all more critical than ever. This presentation will provide tools and strategies to bring your workplace back – back to do what you do best: serving your customers, supporting each other, and operating at peak levels.


Fall Conference Schedule of Events



Wednesday, October 25
3:00-5:00 – Maple Hall Bowling Networking Event

Thursday, October 26
7:30-8:00 – Registration
8:00-8:15 – Welcome & Self-Introductions
8:15-8:30 – Opening Remarks
8:30-9:30 – The Power of the Pause: How a Reset Brings Sanity to the Workplace -Tim Richardson
9:30-9:45- Break
9:45-10:15 – Chris Woody – Trucking Parking Panel discussion with Ken and Donna Wheeler, Tom Frain
10:15-10:45- Truck Parking/Build with Us – Dan Pallme
10:45-11:15- Towing & Recovery – Rates, Towing Policies, Best Practices, THP Wrecker Lt. Ruskey
11:15-11:30 – Table Sponsor Spotlight
11:30- 12:00- FMCSA Updates- Dan Horvath, ATA
12:00-1:00 – Lunch
1:00-1:30 – Driver Recruiting Discussion, Jeremy Reymer;
1:30-2:00 Next Gen – Lindsey Trent
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-2:45- Driver Safety, Fleet Management, True Digital Ecosystem Integration- Andy Dishner, Konexial
2:45-3:15 – Break
3:15-3:45- Tires
3:45-4:15 – Super Truck Project- Scott Curran, Oak Ridge Labs
4:15-4:30- Wrap Up/Elect Officers
6:00 – Banquet

Friday, October 27
8:00-8:30 – Project K-9 Hero – Jason Johnson
8:30-9:00 -Panel of Professional Drivers Today, Road Team Captains Tim Blair, Tom Frain, and Ken Wheeler Moderated by Ronnie Holland
9:00-9:15 – Break
9:15-09:45 – Roadside Stats & Inspections – THP
9:45-10:00 – Break
10:00-10:45– FMCSA Updates, Audits, SMS Changes – Stephanie Mann, FMCSA
10:45-11:15- Leading Edge Group
11:15-12:00– Closing

Hotel – Hilton Knoxville

Book your hotel room for the Tennessee Trucking Association Fall Conference now! We have reserved a hotel block exclusively for conference attendees.




Email Carol Foster (Cfoster@tntrucking.org) to become a Conference Sponsor. 

Sponsor the 2023 Fall Conference

Discover sponsorship opportunities at the Tennessee Trucking Association Fall Conference! 

Choose from a range of packages designed for any budget. To secure your sponsorship, contact Carol Foster at cfoster@tntrucking.org.



Thank You 2023 Sponsors


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Maple Hall Bowling 

Join us on Wednesday, October 25th for the opening networking event from 3-5 p.m. at Maple Hall Bowling. This is the perfect way to kick off the conference. 

This opening networking event is just the beginning of the Fall Conference experience. Don’t miss this chance at this conference in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Register today and join us at Maple Hall Bowling! 

Address:  414 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902



 Knoxville is a vibrant city that offers a blend of history, modern attractions, and breathtaking natural beauty. Feel the charming Southern hospitality as you stroll through the lively downtown area, brimming with unique shops, entertainment, and more!

To explore the diverse and captivating city of Knoxville, check out this map:  Click to view the Knoxville Map.



Thursday, October 12, 2023, marked the launch of the Be Pro Be Proud initiative in Tennessee, which aims to highlight the role skilled trades play in our workforce and build a new generation of professionals. Initially kickstarted in Arkansas, the BeProBeProud initiative now spans Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Each BeProBeProud trailer is outfitted with interactive simulation experiences, enabling students to try out different trades and find a field that aligns with their interests.

This event reflects a more comprehensive narrative —the growing demand for skilled trades professionals. With over 3.5 million truck drivers in operation, moving 10.5 billion tons of freight annually, the trucking industry is a cornerstone of the U.S. economy. However, a pressing need remains in the industry.

In a proactive response, Governor Bill Lee and the TN General Assembly recognized this upward trend and allocated $1.5 million in appropriations on May 12, 2022, to kickstart the project. The initiative was then spearheaded by Sarah Burnett with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, alongside countless volunteers and sponsors who rallied together to make this possible.

McGriff Tire Company, Inc., Titan Transfer, Inc., McKee Foods Transportation, LLC, and Rush Truck Center make up the sponsors from the trucking industry along with Jill Sito from McKee Foods who donated her skills to design the Tennessee Be Pro Be Proud Trailer. To everyone involved we say thank you for making this possible. 

While the kickoff event is now behind us, the opportunity to join this program is still open. To learn more, book the trailer, or join the mission, visit BeProBeProudTn.com


Watch the WKRN video report on this event below: 




The Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) is proud to spotlight one of our esteemed members, TCW, for their exceptional achievements in safety performance during 2022. At TTA’s 2023 Annual Convention, TCW secured 1st Place in the 3 to 7 million miles category and also received the prestigious Grand Champion Award of Safety. Here’s a message from TCW team, celebrating their accomplishments and thanking those who made it possible:


…Our 2022 safety performance in Tennessee earned us 1st Place in the 3 to 7 million miles category. We also received the prestigious Grand Champion Award of Safety for our continued efforts to make our industry and communities safer. Accepting the award on behalf of all our employees, owners, and owner-operators was the person responsible for creating the safety culture at TCW, Scott George. It’s truly an honor to be part of the TCW legacy. Thank you to everyone for your efforts to make TCW a leader in our industry.

A special thanks to the drivers who went above and beyond to serve as Tennessee Road Team Captains over the years:

Scott Andrews 2008
Dale Davidson 2009
William Spivy 2013
Kyle Beach 2014
Brad Coffey 2015
Darrell Hall 2015
Charles Starks 2015
Christy McClain 2016
John Anderson 2017
John Henderson 2018

Thank you to the following employees/owners for your commitment to the TCW Unified Team:

Cliff Tarbox, 4 years
Gene Casey, 2 years”

The Tennessee Trucking Association congratulates TCW for its outstanding achievements in safety.  Thank you, TCW for exemplifying what can be achieved through a commitment to safety and community.


Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) is proud to announce that it will be giving the esteemed Pinnacle Award to Mr. Dave Manning, President & CEO of the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative (NACPC), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the trucking industry. The award will be presented during the 93rd annual Tennessee Trucking Association Convention, scheduled to take place at the Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa on September 17-19th.

The Pinnacle Award is a testament to Mr. Manning’s exemplary career, which spans more than four decades and includes significant achievements in the trucking business. Starting from humble beginnings, Manning began his journey as a card-carrying Teamster working part-time on the loading dock for his uncle’s regional LTL trucking company during summers and Christmas breaks. What started as a summer job while studying to become an orthodontist turned into a lifelong passion. Mr. Manning found his place in the industry and decided to pursue trucking over dentistry.

Within the first 2 years of working, Dave faced the changes that came with deregulation during the early 80s. Despite the shifting landscape, Manning never gave up on the industry. He attributes this to his love for trucking stating, “Trucking is what interests me more than anything, it’s been a real passion for me.”

In 1985 Manning joined TCW, where he worked his way up the ranks. Beginning as Operations Manager, he wore many hats as TCW began its rapid growth, including occasional dispatcher and driver and leading the safety department, before becoming the President of TCW in 1992. During his tenure, Mr. Manning was instrumental in growing TCW from a single terminal operation to a regional firm with over 600+ employees across the southeastern United States and revenue in excess of $80 million.

In addition to his impressive contributions to TCW, Mr. Manning’s influence extended to the wider trucking community. Dave served as the 73rd Chairman of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) from 2017-18. During this time, he tirelessly advocated for trucking interests on both federal and state levels, actively engaging in government affairs efforts and representing needs to policymakers.

After retiring from TCW in 2020, Dave continues to lead the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative as its President and CEO.  This required a transition from a lifetime of being a part of the motor carrier community to being a supplier of the trucking industry.

When asked about the biggest takeaways from his career Dave said, “Transportation is a people-intensive business and fortunately I find true joy in working together with a group of people to achieve a goal.  I’ve been blessed by getting to work with numerous teams of people who are the ones responsible for any successes I’ve achieved.  I have been blessed by and am thankful for everyone in this industry who has mentored, challenged, motivated, and worked beside me.  And most importantly that includes my lovely bride, Betsy, who has always believed in me, grounded me, and supported me through the highs and lows of my career.”

Manning joins an elite group of previous TTA Pinnacle Award winners, including Governor Ned Ray McWherter (1994), Phillip B. George (1995), Forrest M. Durrett (1996), Tommy L. Wilson (1997), Kelly Wagner (1998), G. Tommy Hodges (2005), Gary Sasser (2006), Tommy Ross (2008), J.B. Baker (2009), David Dortch (2010), Bill Reed, Jr. (2011), Dale Allen (2012), Dave Huneryager (2014), and Pat Marsh (2022). 

The Tennessee Trucking Association Convention promises to be a memorable event, bringing together industry professionals, stakeholders, and esteemed guests to celebrate Mr. Manning’s exceptional career. The Pinnacle Award will be presented to Manning at TTA’s 93rd Annual Convention September 17-19. For more information or to register, visit https://tntrucking.org/2023convention/.


 About Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA)

Founded in 1930, TTA was forged out of the belief that a strong, unified industry would be essential in remaining effective and profitable in the future. Today, TTA is the driving force and the voice of the trucking industry in Tennessee. As an independent, non-profit trade association representing trucking companies and industry vendors, TTA exists to encourage the healthy growth and betterment of its more than 400 members statewide. TTA represents an important engine of Tennessee’s economy, supporting over 200,000 jobs and the safe transport of goods across the state. The Tennessee Trucking Association is an affiliate of the American Trucking Associations.

The hum of engines filled the air at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, from August 16th to 19th, as the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) 2023 unfolded. This annual event, known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” brought together truckers from every corner of the nation, showcasing their skills, commitment to safety, and dedication to excellence. This year’s event was a beautiful display of the spirit of trucking.


History & Purpose of the NTDC

With roots dating back to 1937, the NTDC was first known as the “National Truck Rodeo”. The National Truck Driving Championships have evolved into an annual tradition within the trucking industry. The competition signifies the industry’s dedication to safety, excellence, and continuous growth. It was those first events that laid the groundwork for the 2023 National Truck Driving Championships Winners. 



A hallmark of the NTDC is the emphasis on safety. To participate, drivers must have excellent records. This requirement reflects the industry’s focus on reducing accidents and promoting safe practices among trucking professionals. Many of the 2023 National Truck Driving Championships Winners have worked for decades to become excellent at their craft. 


2023 NTDC Crowns A Champion, James “Gragg” Wilson, UPS

On Saturday, August 19, the American Trucking Association announced James Gragg Wilson, a dedicated UPS truck driver from Nevada, as the Bendix Grand Champion of the 2023 NTDC. Wilson navigated his tanker truck and claimed the number one spot out of 400+ competitors. 


This victory is a testament to his commitment to safety and dedication to trucking. Congratulations to James on your achievement and commitment to excellence. 


Team Tennesseee Takes 3rd PlacE at the NTDC 

For our Tennessee competitors, the journey to the NTDC 2023 started in April when they claimed first place at the Tennessee Truck Driving Championships.  The following individuals earned first place in their categories, earning the right to represent Tennessee and take their place among the 2023 National Truck Driving Championships Winners.

Tennessee clinched 3rd place as a team with the help of 9 drivers. 

  • Scott Lambert, FedEx Freight
  • Andy Bryant, FedEx Freight
  • Brian Turner, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
  • Barry Blanton, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
  • Tim Blair, FedEx Freight – Tim’s attention to detail earned him the Pre-trip award.
  • Covey Thompson, Martin Brower Company
  • Jamie Sowder, FedEx Freight – Jamie secured 3rd in the Flatbed category. 
  • Mike Patterson, FedEx Freight
  • Jeff Barton, FedEx Freight


Congratulations to Team Tennessee for your hard work and achieving 3rd place in this year’s competition. 

2023 National Truck Driving Championships Winners

Within the arena of the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), the heart of trucking excellence beats stronger than ever. We applaud all of the 2023 National Truck Driving Championships Winners and the drivers who claimed victory in their respective categories.Photo Credit: Marty Pollock, TTA

Setup for the big NTDC event with competitors from across the country. Photo Credit: Marty Pollock, TTA


Step Van:

  • 1st – Jerome De La Cruz, FedEx Express, Alaska
  • 2nd – Gregory Long, FedEx Express, Maryland
  • 3rd – Alex Lofgren, FedEx Express, Minnesota

Straight Truck:

  • 1st – David Coffel, FedEx Express, Arizona
  • 2nd – William Colantuone, FedEx Express, Massachusetts
  • 3rd – James Kohr, FedEx Express, New York


  • 1st – Barry Kraemer, XPO, Wisconsin
  • 2nd – Joseph Hicks, XPO, Rhode Island
  • 3rd – Ritch Fundell, FedEx Freight, Illinois


  • 1st – Martin McMahon, RIST Transport, New York
  • 2nd – Bruce Quaal, ABF Freight System, Minnesota
  • 3rd – Adam Heim, FedEx Freight, Idaho


  • 1st – John Greene, FedEx Freight, Connecticut
  • 2nd – James Quarles, Wal-Mart Transportation, South Carolina
  • 3rd – Michael Martin, Wal-Mart Transportation


  • 1st – Daryl Miller, The Cope Company Salt, Pennsylvania
  • 2nd – Ernest Wagers, Old Dominion Freight Line, Kentucky
  • 3rd – James Sowder, FedEx Freight, Tennessee (Tennessee’s Jamie Sowder achieved 3rd place in this category)

Tank Truck:

  • 1st – James “Gragg” Wilson, UPS, Nevada
  • 2nd – Jason Imhoff, Wal-Mart Transportation, Ohio
  • 3rd – Timothy Vogt, XPO, Georgia


  • 1st – Robert Fair, FedEx Freight, New Hampshire
  • 2nd – Jeffrey Langenhahn, XPO, Wisconsin
  • 3rd – Michael Flippin, FedEx Freight, Colorado

Sleeper Berth:

  • 1st – Roland Bolduc, FedEx Express, Connecticut
  • 2nd – Chris Moore, Wal-Mart Transportation, Georgia
  • 3rd – Tyler Rogers, FedEx Freight, Colorado

Rookie of the Year:

  • Myron Means, Old Dominion Freight Line, Flatbed, Wyoming

State Team Award:

  • 1st – Connecticut
  • 2nd – Illinois
  • 3rd – Tennessee

Pre-Trip Inspection Award:

  • Timothy Blair, FedEx Freight, 5-Axle, Tennessee

Highest Written Exam Award:

  • Michael Bills, FedEx Express, North Carolina
  • David Comings, FedEx Freight, North Dakota
  • David Mogler, FedEx Freight, Colorado
  • Michael Flippin, FedEx Freight, Colorado

Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award:

  • Ina Daly, XPO Logistics, Arizona

Lifetime Volunteer Award:

  • Bill Graham


the legacy of the NTDC

The National Truck Driving Championships 2023 is a wonderful showcase of the commitment to continuous growth and achievement within the trucking community.


From Team Tennessee’s third-place finish to James “Gragg” Wilson’s Bendix Grand Champion triumph, each story reflects the heart of trucking. As the sun sets on another successful NTDC, the legacy will continue, united by a love for the open road.



SUMMARY: This NPRM proposes to adopt a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) to require automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems on heavy vehicles, i.e., vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds). This notice also proposes to amend FMVSS No. 136 to require nearly all heavy vehicles to have an electronic stability control system that meets the equipment requirements, general system operational capability requirements, and malfunction detection requirements of FMVSS No. 136. An AEB system uses multiple sensor technologies and sub-systems that work together to sense when the vehicle is in a crash imminent situation and automatically applies the vehicle brakes if the driver has not done so or automatically applies more braking force to supplement the driver’s applied braking. This NPRM follows NHTSA’s 2015 grant of a petition for rulemaking from the Truck Safety Coalition, the Center for Auto Safety, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Road Safe America, requesting that NHTSA establish a safety standard to require AEB on certain heavy vehicles. This NPRM also responds to a mandate under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, as enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, directing the Department to prescribe an FMVSS that requires heavy commercial vehicles with FMVSS-required electronic stability control systems to be equipped with an AEB system, and also promotes DOT’s January 2022 National Roadway Safety Strategy to initiate a rulemaking to require AEB on heavy trucks. This NPRM also proposes Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations requiring the electronic stability control and AEB systems to be on during vehicle operation.


DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 5, 2023.


Proposed compliance dates: NHTSA proposes a two-tiered phase-in schedule for meeting the proposed standard. For vehicles currently subject to FMVSS No. 136, ‘‘Electronic stability control systems for heavy vehicles,’’ any vehicle manufactured on or after the first September 1 that is three years after the date of publication of the final rule would be required to meet the proposed heavy vehicle AEB standard. For vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) not currently subject to FMVSS No. 136, any vehicle manufactured on or after the first September 1 that is four years after the date of publication of the final rule would be required to meet the proposed AEB requirements and the proposed amendments to the ESC requirements. Small-volume manufacturers, final-stage manufacturers, and alterers would be provided an additional year to comply with this proposal beyond the dates identified above.

FMCSA proposes that vehicles currently subject to FMVSS No. 136 would be required to comply with FMCSA’s proposed ESC regulation on the final rule’s effective date. Vehicles with a GVWR greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) not currently subject to FMVSS No. 136 would be required to meet the proposed ESC regulation on or after the first September 1 that is five years after the date of publication of the final rule.

FMCSA proposes that, for vehicles currently subject to FMVSS No. 136, any vehicle manufactured on or after the first September 1 that is three years after the date of publication of the final rule would be required to meet FMCSA’s proposed AEB regulation. FMCSA proposes that vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) not currently subject to FMVSS No. 136 and vehicles supplied to motor carriers by small-volume manufacturers, final-stage manufacturers, and alterers would be required to meet the proposed AEB regulation on or after the first September 1 that is five years after the date of publication of the final rule.

This proposed implementation timeframe simplifies FMCSR training and enforcement because the Agency expects a large number of final stage manufacturers supplying vehicles to motor carriers in the category of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds). FMCSA’s phase-in schedule would require the ESC and AEB systems to be inspected and maintained in accordance with § 396.3.

Early compliance is permitted but optional.


Here is the link to the FR Notice: [PDF]


Stay Informed with the Latest Trucking News and Updates in the trucking industry. It’s crucial if you’re a trucking executive, professional, and enthusiast alike. From regulatory changes and technological advancements to market trends and industry insights, accessing reliable trucking news sources is essential. Keep reading to find a list of seven (7) trusted platforms where you can get the most recent and relevant trucking news to keep you informed and empowered.

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  1. Transport Topics: A leading news outlet dedicated to covering all aspects of the transportation industry, including trucking. They offer comprehensive reporting on regulatory updates, market trends, and technological advancements. 
  2. Trucking info: A valuable resource for trucking professionals, providing in-depth articles, analysis, and commentary on the latest news, trends, and innovations in the trucking world. 
  3. Fleet Owner: A trusted source for news and insights on fleet management, trucking regulations, safety, and sustainability within the industry. 
  4. Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ): CCJ offers a wealth of content focusing on commercial trucking, with articles covering business strategies, driver issues, and equipment reviews. 
  5. Overdrive: Targeting owner-operators and independent drivers, Overdrive provides trucking news, lifestyle features, and helpful tips for those on the road. 
  6. American Trucker: A comprehensive source for trucking news, equipment updates, and industry insights catering to trucking executives and professionals. 
  7. The Trucker: Providing news and perspectives from the trucking industry, The Trucker keeps readers informed on policy changes, safety updates, and industry trends. 

Stay Updated On Trucking News 


Staying updated with reliable trucking news sources is crucial for understanding the ever-changing trucking industry The platforms listed above offer a diverse range of information, catering to trucking executives, professionals, and enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for regulatory updates, technological advancements, or market insights, these sources have you covered.


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Tennessee Trucking Foundation

June 2023 Road Team Calendar & May photo recap


The Tennessee Road Teams Captains calendar was full of exciting events from the second half of May.

Keep reading to view the  June 2023 Road Team calendar and photos from events held throughout May 2023. 


June 2023 Calendar

Jun 3 SOS Fest Chattanooga FD / Teens & Trucks and Yellow Dot in Chattanooga, TN
Jun 7 Junior 4-H Camp in Greeneville, TN
Jun 12-16 TNSRO Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN
Jun 14 TN Teen Institute at UT Martin
Jun 14 North Chattanooga Center Teens & Trucks in Chattanooga, TN
Jun 14

Chris Ramsey Center Teens & Trucks in Chattanooga, TN

June 16 Girls, Inc. Center


Jun 17 American Truck Historical Society Truck Show

Jun 20 

Roane County Senior Center

Jun 20

John A Patten Center 
Jun 20 Avondale
Jun 21 Chris Ramsey Center
Jun 22 Montgomery Co Teen Driver Safety Awareness
June 23 Rule the Road
Jun 26 Chris Ramsey Center
Jun 29 South Chattanooga Center
July 5 City of Chattanooga Community Development/The Centenary






Invite a Road Team Captain to your event!

Contact Ashlee Taylor (ATaylor@tntrucking.org) to bring this free highway safety program to your school or organization!



Road Team Captain May 2023 Recap 


May 4th | ETN Big Rigs Golf Tournament: The road teams participated in the ETN Big Rigs Golf Tournament on May 4th, which was held to raise funds for children’s charities and the foundation scholarship fund. Click for more photos


May 4th – 6th | Large Cars and Guitars Truck Show: The road teams attended the Large Cars and Guitars Truck Show, which featured various truck models, live music performances, and food vendors. Click for more photos.


May 8th | Warren County High School: The road teams visited Chapel Hill Elementary and Warren County High School, where they interacted with students, gave presentations on road safety, and distributed educational materials. Click for more photos.


May 10th | Careers on Wheels: The road teams participated in the Careers on Wheels event held at the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, aimed at promoting careers in the trucking industry. Click for more photos.


May 10th | MTN Golf Tournament: The road teams attended the MTN Golf Tournament on May 10th to help with the event. Click for more photos.


May 10th | Bartlett Freshman Academy: The road teams visited Bartlett Freshman Academy to share road safety with the students. Click for more photos. 


May 13th | Veterans Memorial Park Block Party: The road teams attended the Veterans Memorial Park Block Party. Click for more photos. 


May 17th|Oakridge Senior Center Carfit: Road team captains helped Seniors improve their driving experience by fitting them properly into their vehicles at this event. Click for more photos.


May 17th|Eastgate Community Center Senior Service Fair  Click for more photos.



May 18th | Academy of Aviation & Transportation Spring Wing Fling  Click for more photos.


May 19th | Remake Learning Days Click for more photos.


May 26th | Safety Breaks Click for more photos.

May 31st | Knoxville Scales Roadside Event:  Click for more photos.