Charlie Swisher has survived throat cancer and a lifetime of driving trucks and while he could retire now he chooses to keep on trucking.
Although driver Joe Lee Smith is just past the 3-million-mile career point and is addicted both to the open road and to creating trucking music — Red Sovine he’s not.
As readers of my column know by now, I’m 100 percent behind efforts to stop distracted driving in all modes of transportation and I won’t apologize for it no matter how many of you write and tell me that it’s your right to talk or text while driving. I don’t believe that stopping the use of cell phones in moving vehicles is something that is an infraction of a person’s rights, the use of them should have never been allowed to begin with but technology is moving so fast that laws and regulations can’t keep up.
In our Dec. 1 print issue, we reported on the findings of a two-month investigation into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s vetting process for motor carrier operating authority.
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Knowing there might only be a handful of truckers attending her presentation here Oct. 23 on how to spot human trafficking victims, Kendis Paris didn’t hesitate to jump on a plane from Denver and head South to speak at the 1st Annual Memphis Truck Expo Oct. 23.