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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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Trucker’s invention could be answer to many icing situations leading to jackknifed rigs

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CHICAGO — “Jackknifing” is a trucking-related term most nontruckers understand. Many have passed the scene of an accident involving a jackknifed trailer during their...
US Mexico Flags

With U.S.-Canada borders closed to non-essential travel, attention turns to nation’s southern border

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As of March 16, the U.S. had provided little information about restricting travel at its southern border with Mexico. Most discussions regarding the Mexico...
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Keep the U.S. out? Not yet, says Canada

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UPDATED: March 18, 12:10 pm CTPresident Trump announced in a tweet this morning, "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border...
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The coronavirus: A trucker’s guide to germs and illness — Part 5

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 DOWN AND DIRTY: KILLING THE CORONAVIRUS AND OTHER GERMSTo date, scientists haven’t come up with a guaranteed method of killing the coronavirus. As mentioned...
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The coronavirus: A truck driver’s guide to germs and illness — Part 4

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 HYGIENE: BEYOND HAND-WASHINGAs a truck driver, you may do everything within your ability to protect yourself from germs. Most likely you follow the time-proven...
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The coronavirus: A truck driver’s guide to germs and illness — Part 3

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 INFORMATION: AN OVERWEIGHT LOAD DESTINED FOR ANXIETYAs alluded to in Part 1 of this series, when it comes to the coronavirus, truck drivers...
COVID-19 testing kit

The coronavirus: A trucker’s guide to germs and illness — Part 2

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GERMS 101: AN INTRODUCTION FOR TRUCK DRIVERSRobert Dudley, M.D., a physician in New Britain, Connecticut, told The Trucker, “Protecting yourself and others from the...
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The coronavirus: A truck driver’s guide to germs and illness — Part 1

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 SELF-QUARANTINE: ADMIRABLE, BUT IMPOSSIBLE FOR TRUCKERSIt would be difficult to find many Americans who are not somewhat familiar with the latest world crisis, the...
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‘More than a truck’: Electric-transportation advocates eye many community benefits

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FONTANA, Calif. — The Los Angeles area, particularly Orange County and communities between the Pacific Coast and Little San Bernardino Mountains, is notorious for...
ox in toll booth

It’s no bull. States looking at toll initiatives and why oxen can be blamed.

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Toll.Is there another four-letter word that leads to a longer string of four-letter words from the mouths (and keyboards) of those employed in the...
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Wellness ambassador encourages truck drivers to remain ‘Fit to Pass’

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Bob Perry didn’t think he had a choice. Born in northeast Ohio, trucking was in Bob’s blood. Between his father and two brothers, the...

Not to be wordy…

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With the arrival of 2020, new people are also arriving at The Trucker, and new ideas are being tossed around. One feature returning by...

Celadon declares bankruptcy, shuts down operations, and leaves 4,000 employees without jobs

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Updated Dec. 9, 2019; 12:15 pm CTINDIANAPOLIS - Celadon Group, Inc., among the nation’s top carriers and based in Indianapolis, declared bankruptcy December 9,...

I-40 Challenge to put holiday drivers, law enforcement to the test

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Interstate 40 is among the primary east-west trucking routes across the U.S. Beginning in North Carolina and passing through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New...

“Coincidence” may create substantial traffic snarl just days after Pennsylvania roadway deemed safe

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“I would call this an unlucky coincidence,” said Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PDOT) spokesman Dave Thompson as reported in a November 24 article in...

Report considers impact of vehicle miles traveled tax on highway revenues

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A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released in October is an initial step in considering revenue options to stabilize the Highway Trust Fund (HTF),...