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Kris Rutherford

Kris Rutherford
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Since retiring from a career as an outdoor recreation professional from the State of Arkansas, Kris Rutherford has worked as a freelance writer and, with his wife, owns and publishes a small Northeast Texas newspaper, The Roxton Progress. Kris has worked as a ghostwriter and editor and has authored seven books of his own. He became interested in the trucking industry as a child in the 1970s when his family traveled the interstates twice a year between their home in Maine and their native Texas. He has been a classic country music enthusiast since the age of nine when he developed a special interest in trucking songs.
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A real eye-opener: Top issues list puts driver shortage at top for 4th straight...

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Each October, as an annual rite of passage and a barometer of the operational and financial aspects of the trucking industry, motor carrier executives...
'#7' - George Strait

Two roads diverged and I am taking the one that happens to be less...

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Hardcore George Strait fans should recognize the title of this column, borrowed from a song of the same name from his 1986 studio album,...
Eric Britton

From the Army to the driver’s seat: Inspiration can take a driver quite far...

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Clarksville, Tennessee, was a world away from the nation’s capital in the 1970s, when Eric Britton’s neighbor helped build his interest in truck driving....
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Safety on the road: Driver health, safety, and security combine to provide a thriving...

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Top 10 lists abound in the U.S. — sports teams, movies, world leaders, music — you name it, there’s probably a list for it.For...
electric charging station

Paving the way to electrification: Light-duty electric vehicle successes are laying the groundwork for...

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The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) recent actions have made one thing clear — the drive to move California toward becoming a zero-emissions electric...
Willis Brothers

Hey, if he wants 40 acres to turn his rig around then do as...

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Winter had set in over Maine, and in late March 1983, it showed no sign of “heading out to sea” as the locals often...
voting pins

Four more races Republicans need to win to ensure keeping Senate

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In the last edition of Truckload Authority, we highlighted four races for U.S. Senate seats that Democrats are hoping will enable them to take...
Driver on CB

Driver Safety series, Part 3: Self-defense options while on the road are plentiful; planning...

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“Really, it’s no different than speed limit laws,” David Heller, vice president of government affairs for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) said of various...
truck driving in the rain at night

Driver Safety series, Part 2: Packing on the road — Freedom of choice isn’t...

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Here’s a word of advice for truck drivers who hold concealed-carry permits in their home states to consider before carrying a firearm on the...
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Driver Safety series, Part 1: Safety is always a priority for truck drivers but...

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As any truck driver knows, the occupation requires adherence to one principle above all — safety.Never mind the strict Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...
Bill Mack

Remembering Bill Mack: Riding shotgun with truckers for six decades

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Bill Mack’s connection with truck drivers came naturally. Not only was Mack’s father a truck driver, but Mack was born in Shamrock, Texas, in...
'I Hear Little Rock Calling' - Dallas Frazier

Poor word choice blocks highway to song’s status as anthem for lonely drivers

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The “Country Gold” era (early 1950s to mid-1970s) gave rise to a few real-life truck drivers who took shots at making their names in...
'I'm a Truck' - Red Simpson

Another ‘Red’ rides white line and love-hate relationship to trucking music glory

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Country music has offered its share of memorable opening lines over the years. With “It’s a Bloody Mary morning,” Willie Nelson jolted radio listeners...

$64,000 question: Can the trucking industry emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than before?

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The COVID-19 crisis isn’t the type of tunnel one enters with an optimistic eye. After all, a global enemy infecting more than seven million...
'Rubber Duck' - C.W. McCall

‘Rubber Duck’ has a sentimental side, and it’s only a flip side away

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Among truck drivers, particularly those who drove during the 1970s and ’80s, C.W. McCall and his CB handle, “Rubber Duck,” point directly toward the...
Robert Morris and his autism truck, Fiona

One puzzle piece at a time: Robert Morris and ‘Fiona’ increase autism awareness with...

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VILLA RICA, Ga. — Robert Morris has a lot of women in his life.“I live with seven females,” he said. “There’s my wife, twin...
'Big Wheels in the Moonlight' - Dan Seals

Dan Seals’ trucking song teaches us to avoid regret and follow our dream

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We could spend a week talking about the qualities of classic country music. Whether it’s momma, trucks, trains, prison or what have you, classic country is...
sleep apnea mask

Asleep at the wheel: FMCSA can lead truck drivers to CPAP therapy, but it...

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Rusty Traxler insisted he never felt sleepy when operating a vehicle.“I never knew I had a big problem other than I’d stop for...
Volvo faceshields

Truck OEMs retool to keep employees on the job, fight COVID-19 pandemic

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When COVID-19 rose to the forefront of the nation’s news early this year, the trucking industry found itself in high demand. Carriers, company drivers...
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The Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall: Following his parents’ road map to success

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“One thing about truck drivers is that they never change.”Those are the words of Joe Bonsall, one of four members of The Oak Ridge...