When Trixie, a terrier mix, first met Fred “Akita” Papenhausen at the Petro Stopping Center in North Little Rock September 10, she happily walked with him on her leash, enjoying his gentle back scratch and wagging her tail as they walked toward his truck.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The flashing sign September 15 just before Arkansas’s I-40 Galloway Exit said: “Truck drivers (flash) … For free lunch (flash) … take Exit 161.”
You never know what life is going to dish out. One minute you’re set on buying a banana split at the trusty truck stop and the next you’re delivering an 8-pound baby girl.
Monica Tate is a businesswoman whose office happens to be rolling on 18 wheels. Dressed professionally, hair fixed, nails trimmed, painted and not a chance she’d be caught in flip-flops while on the job, Tate, 45, said she’s often mistaken for a new hire when picking up loads as an owner-operator.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Alphonso McDuffy had a dream of one day being a chef. After graduating with a degree in food science from Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky, McDuffy had worked his way up and reached the coveted position of executive sous-chef, the second in command of a kitchen, at the ritzy Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Chicago.