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66-year-old Henry Clay Walker started out driving buses but soon switched to trucks

66-year-old Henry Clay Walker started out driving buses but soon switched to trucks

Born in the small town of Sarah, Mississippi, Henry Clay Walker started driving Greyhound buses in 1980 but after a bus strike switched to driving commercial trucks in 1990. “By the time they [Greyhound drivers] came off strike, I was busy in Delaware, driving big trucks.”

Flatbedder Steve Huddleston drove dry van for 2 hours, found he didn’t like ‘doing nothing’

Flatbedder Steve Huddleston drove dry van for 2 hours, found he didn’t like ‘doing nothing’

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A CMV inspector in Florida told a group of drivers recently that even if the shipper doesn’t fasten down a load securely, once the carrier and driver accept the load, it’s on them to make sure it’s safe. And that’s one of the things 18-year career driver Steve Huddleston likes about being a flatbedder: being in charge of his own load.

Trucker Jefferson Thomas enjoys freedom of road, meeting new people; not afraid to help

Trucker Jefferson Thomas enjoys freedom of road, meeting new people; not afraid to help

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Trucker Jefferson Ray Thomas felt compelled to whip out his license, just to prove that his real name was actually “Jefferson Thomas.” He proved it was not a cheap attempt at an alias, switching the names of one of our founding fathers and presidents.

Finn Murphy’s book about long-haul movers good read, even if you don’t like ‘bedbuggers’

Finn Murphy’s book about long-haul movers good read, even if you don’t like ‘bedbuggers’

Say and think what you will about long-haul movers, Connecticut-born Finn Murphy can write and write well, and his book, “The Long Haul, A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road,” kept my interest the whole way through with his gritty, sometimes hilarious descriptions of the people he moved for and his observations about life on the road, other movers and trucking in general.

Hard to shut out memories from 911: Trucker Roy Peffer watched it from across the river

Hard to shut out memories from 911: Trucker Roy Peffer watched it from across the river

On September 11, 2001, people throughout the United States and the world watched in horror as two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers.

Couple’s ‘labor of love’ hopes to bring healing, awareness, keep patriotism ‘ignited’

Couple’s ‘labor of love’ hopes to bring healing, awareness, keep patriotism ‘ignited’

Conventional wisdom says walls are detrimental to relationships. But the wall that Ronald Smith and Pat Sexton are building is a gift. This wall is an educational tool, a tribute to America’s heroes and a wall of hope. It’s also a “labor of love” for these two expedite truckers.

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