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Why would anyone leave their home in Bethpage Tennessee and travel all the way to Green Cove Springs Florida to attend a truck driving school? Isn’t there hundreds of truck driving schools? Isn’t at least one closer to Bethpage than Green Cove Springs? Of course! There are numerous trucking schools between Green Cove Springs and Bethpage. Some are national chains some are mom & pops, but none of them were right for this Graduate.

Please meet a hero, a former Marine, a father, a husband, and a trucker. Meet Mr. Clarke E Trivett. Clarke graduated from National Truck Drivers School back in September of 1999. We selected him as our featured graduate simply because he is an every day hero that so often never gets the recognition they’re due. Clarke provided for his wife Tina and their four children Reagan, Dennis, Russell, and Lisa by putting himself in harms way for you and me. Clarke served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps and retired in 1999. After his service to his country, his family still needed to eat. Enter the second career in trucking.

Clark chose National Training because of our reputation and he said “It’s the only school recommended by the D.O.D.” (Department of Defense). While at school, the backing and double clutching, a critically needed skill by all truckers, challenged Clarke. With the ample practice he was provided, Clarke overcame these challenges with confidence and adeptness. After three weeks of training in the trucks, Clarke earned the right to be called a trucker by passing his CDL drivers test. Clarke’s next challenge was to decide on what Job offer to accept. He wanted to be close to home and chose Ozark Motor Lines.

From its first deliveries to West Plains, Mo., in the back of a 1949 Ford pickup, Ozark Motor Lines has built itself into one of the top interstate motor carriers in the Mid-South. In 1961, Mose and Dorothy Higginbotham founded the company in Memphis, Tenn., as a regional LTL carrier. Ozark incorporated in 1967. Although adding customers each year, the company remained primarily a local carrier until the early 1980s.

“Mose” Higginbotham

It’s move into long-haul transport coincided with the deregulation of the U.S. trucking industry. Faced with the vigorous competition in the LTL business that followed deregulation, Ozark’s new owners-sons Steve and Tommy Higginbotham-accepted the offer of an LTL customer wanting a long-distance interstate carrier out of Memphis. The company’s purchase of its first sleeper tractors marked the company’s second beginning.

Today, Ozark boasts a fleet of 450 company trucks that’s augmented by about 225 owner-operator tractors leased to the company. Equipped with satellite communications equipment, Ozark drivers deliver freight to customers throughout the United States. Still owned by the Higginbothams, the company maintains its main terminal in Memphis and a second terminal in Lebanon, Tenn., near Nashville.

Clarke decided on Ozark because they had a terminal near his home and offered him regional driving rather that over the road. So, if you see an Ozark Motor Lines truck cruising in or around Tennessee with a “Semper Fi” sticker on the back, give Clarke an “Oorah” and a thanks for being an everyday hero and National Truck Drivers School’s…

Graduate of the Month for August 2002.

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