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  1. From Geri Roskopf's Blog, I just received another notice of tow industry events being cancelled: the Tennessee Tow Show and the International Towing Museum’s activities, including the induction of the Hall of Fame Class of 2020. I was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. It was a very humbling and exciting weekend, so I really feel for this year’s nominees. While I know they’re disappointed, I also know the decision to cancel the induction and other weekend events was not easy. That weekend also features a fundraiser for the museum, and a very moving ceremony at the Wall of the Fallen honoring those killed in the line of service. With the cancellation of the Tennessee Tow Show, I know there’s disappointment from the vendors, sponsors, attendees, hotels, restaurants and attractions. It seems the list goes on and on. You can still help support those involved in the Tennessee Tow Show and the museum. Need new straps? Order them or other parts from a featured vendor. Want to learn something new to safely perform a recovery? Check out WreckMaster’s website for some great online opportunities. Looking for a tow truck? Look at the new and used inventory of the dealers. Want to honor a fallen tow operator? Donate to the Wall of the Fallen. Are you a member of the International Towing Museum? Why not? Become a member and support the only museum that preserves our towing and recovery history. Need a gift for an upcoming birthday? The Museum’s store is packed with great ideas for men, women and children. While I am disappointed, I guess — and we’re hearing this way too often today — it’s better to be safe than sorry. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  2. Dear Tennessee Tow Show and Museum Weekend Friends, Each year we look forward to connecting with our towing and recovery industry family to enjoy the Tennessee Tow Show and International Towing Museum Weekend — a time filled with friendship, laughter, hugs and handshakes. This is our industry’s premier celebration — a time to gather, honor and recognize our industry influencers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the birthplace of the U.S. towing and recovery industry. Just as owners are vigilant for the safety of their individual operators and customers, the Tennessee Tow Show and International Towing Museum are vigilant with our participants’ safety. In light of the uncertain health impacts surrounding the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), we are announcing the cancellation of this years’ October events. We are very grateful for the outpouring of support from our Museum Weekend sponsors and Tennessee Tow Show sponsors and exhibitors. Our 2021 event, October 7 – 10, will be bigger and better than ever. We again congratulate the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees. We look forward to seeing you accept the industry’s highest honor at the 2021 Hall of Fame induction. Please stay healthy and safe, and we will see you next year. Warmest regards, The International Towing Museum and the Tennessee Tow Show View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  3. I looked up the definition of the word “firework,” and it’s a “device containing combustible chemicals that cause explosions or spectacular effects.” The plural of the word, fireworks, is as an outburst of passion, especially anger. This past week there was a different kind of fireworks at my office. It was a combination of hot weather, frustration, stress and a lack of communication. I think most of us have experienced these kinds of fireworks. The sad part is, that while having a spectacular effect, it definitely was not the kind with ohhhs and ahhhh you watch in wonder. After everything was said and done (literally), it had a different effect — an uncomfortable silence. Eventually, like the smoke from 4th of July fireworks, the “smoke” in the office finally cleared. I know this 4th of July will be a lot different than when we’ve celebrated our nation’s independence in the past, but I encourage you to appreciate the celebration fireworks — and stay clear of the kind I experienced this past week. Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  4. Kenworth now offers WABCO OnGuardACTIVE as an option for the Kenworth T880 and W990. According to WABCO, OnGuardACTIVE is an advanced driver assistance system that helps drivers mitigate or avoid rear-end collisions and provides adaptive cruise control (ACC). The 77Ghz radar-only, advanced emergency braking and ACC system detects moving, stopped and stationary objects and provides visual, audible and haptic warnings. If necessary, OnGuardACTIVE will apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate a forward collision. “Kenworth continues to introduce systems that can assist drivers to maintain safe distance, mitigate collisions and operate safely in rapidly changing and challenging road conditions. The offering of WABCO OnGuardACTIVE gives customers an additional driver assistance system option for the Kenworth T880 and W990,” said Laura Bloch, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. Kenworth first began offering WABCO OnGuardACTIVE for the Kenworth T680. For more information on WABCO OnGuardACTIVE, contact your Kenworth dealer or visit the WABCO North America website (www.wabco-na.com) to contact a WABCO sales representative. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. If your taking some time off for the 4th of July weekend, relax with some Tow Times digital reading. To subscribe for free to our digital edition to receive next month’s issue click here. To read our July 2020 issue click here. Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  6. The Tow Times July issue explores how the coronavirus pandemic has forced a deeper digitization of storage yards to minimize person-to-person contact, advantages of rotators with recovery capability combined with weight-saving design, how wireless remotes enhance tow operator safety, and basic car carrier securement. Plus, operators and airport workers team up to recover a vintage DC-4 aircraft that was blown onto a hanger by a tornado. Find this and more in the Tow Times July issue. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  7. News reports say the tow operator missing after a Wednesday morning traffic crash on the Don Holt Bridge in Charleston, S.C., was knocked off the bridge in the impact of the crash. A Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputy was seriously injured and the tow truck operator missing after a pickup truck towing a trailer hit the rear of the deputy’s cruiser as the deputy and the tow operator assisted a disabled vehicle on the bridge. Multiple agencies including the Coast Guard are searching for the operator using boats and helicopters. A recent news report can be viewed on WHNT19 news here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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