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At Independence Insurance Agency, we offer several types of insurance coverage for local, intermediate, and long-haul trucking needs. Here are just a few categories of trucking insurance coverage that our agency offers.
As the foundation of your insurance policy, liability coverage is required by law in most states in the U.S. It provides coverage for damage or injuries caused to properties or other people if your 18-wheeler is responsible for the crash. Without liability coverage, it's almost impossible to drive a truck or run a trucking business without major legal consequences.
Having physical damage coverage is an essential component that shouldn't be overlooked. This insurance is responsible for covering the expenses related to repairing or replacing your truck in situations such as accidents, theft, vandalism, and other damaging events. By having this coverage, you can rest assured that your business won't be affected significantly by unexpected incidents, and you can continue running your operations smoothly even in challenging times.
For trucking companies, the goods they transport are crucial to their operations. To protect these goods from damage, loss, or theft while in transit, cargo insurance is essential. This coverage provides much-needed peace of mind for both you and your clients, allowing you to reimburse clients for any losses sustained while protecting your reputation and brand identity.
Non-Trucking Liability Insurance is designed to cover property damage or bodily injury that may occur during personal time when the driver/truck is not under dispatch. This coverage can be applied with or without a trailer and is added to a commercial policy as an endorsement.
While Independence Insurance Agency has built a reputation of excellence in serving the needs of truckers, we also offer general liability. Also known as Truckers General Liability, this coverage insures for bodily injuries or property damage that happen due to business activities that are NOT the cause of operating a truck. It covers accidents that occur in parking lots, rest stops, also while loading or unloading. General liability can also cover losses related to theft and vandalism. Most brokers and shippers will require this coverage to work with you.
Bobtail insurance is a type of coverage that is comparable to non-trucking liability, which is designed to offer protection when driving a truck without a trailer attached. This is commonly referred to as "bobtailing." With bobtail insurance, the tractor is covered at all times, even when it is not attached to a trailer, regardless of whether or not the truck is under dispatch.
Trailer interchange insurance is a must-have if you're involved in a trailer interchange agreement. This essential coverage offers protection for trailers owned by other parties that you're using under a contractual agreement. It covers damages caused by collisions, fire, theft, and vandalism, providing assurance to all parties involved.
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If you're looking for a commercial trucking insurance agency for your business, chances are you have some questions - and we've got answers. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most commonly asked questions we hear from truckers like you.
Why go with a "jack of all trades" when you can work with specialists who focus exclusively on transportation insurance? We have excellent relationships with major trucking insurance carriers and, as such, can provide the best assistance and reasonable rates.
Typically, companies will look at claims that date back three years or less.
We proudly work with more than 20 carriers to provide our clients with the most advantageous options at competitive prices, catering to the needs of owner-operators and big fleets alike.
Permit filings are typically done by insurance companies on the next business day. Federal (FMCSA) filings are completed online and updated immediately, while some states may take up to three weeks to process.
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There's no question about it - you've got to protect your staff, your rig, and your trucking business with insurance. But choosing the right insurance partner isn't always easy. Thankfully, with Independence Insurance Agency by your side, you can rest easy knowing you're covered no matter where the road takes you. If you're in need of a commercial truck insurance agency in Knoxville, TN that caters to truckers like you, pick up the phone and contact one of our transportation specialists today. That way, you can get back on the road with confidence tomorrow.
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Bistro By The Tracks expands to two locations, but here's how the restaurants will differ
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Bistro By The Tracks is opening in a new Bearden space on Jan. 29, but fans of the temporary location in Happy Holler won't need to worry because it's not going away.Bistro By The Tracks fans will have two locations to ch...
Bistro By The Tracks is opening in a new Bearden space on Jan. 29, but fans of the temporary location in Happy Holler won't need to worry because it's not going away.
Bistro By The Tracks fans will have two locations to choose from, each offering a different chef-driven menu and atmosphere. Owner Randy Burleson said both will serve "New American" cuisine, but prepared different ways.
Bearden will be an elevated iteration of the Bistro, while Happy Holler's Bistro is warm and cozy.
The restaurant has been on quite the journey in recent years. It operated in Bearden before relocating in 2022 to Happy Holler at 1123 N. Central St. while its new location at 5448 Homberg Drive was being renovated.
The new Bearden location was the former home of The Orangery, which closed in 2016, and later Kitchen 919.
"(The Bearden location is) beautiful," Burleson told Knox News. "And the people we have there are excellent and awesome. We're looking forward to it."
Renovating Bistro By The Tracks' new home in Bearden
The new Bearden location has been fully renovated and redesigned by Chattanooga-based Revival.
"It's truly a reinterpretation of the space that was once The Orangery and was once Kitchen 919," Burleson said. "You will not see those two restaurants represented there in that space. It has been 100% redone, which was a big goal of ours."
Burleson didn't give too many details about the new Bistro because "the suspense is so built up that everybody has to come see it." He previously told Knox News a top-floor banquet room will be used for private events, and the restaurant will operate on the first floor.
Burleson acquired Bistro By The Tracks in 2007, when it was located on Brookview Centre Way.
What will happen to the Happy Holler's Bistro By The Tracks?
For now, the "Baby Bistro" in Happy Holler will stay the same.
"At some point time, thought will be given to changing it. But as of right now, internally, that staff was very excited about continuing the path that they have been on," Burleson said.
The Happy Holler staff and chefs are staying, as is the menu.
"The chefs have been respected and the chefs ... have not been told what to do. They're allowed a silver platter to do what's best for their restaurant," Burleson said.
Essentially, this allows people to "eat at both restaurants and not feel that they're eating at the same restaurant."
The menu at the Happy Holler location includes dishes like bouillabaisse, duck egg pasta and the Double Farms burger.
What else is new with Burleson Brands restaurants
Burleson said he has purchased land to build new Aubrey's locations in Spring Hill and Lebanon.
The Aubrey's location in Lenoir City will leave its location 401 Town Creek Road E. for a new location that will be built across the street.
He said Universal Pizza Company near Anderson County High School will open soon.
"We have not opened up a new restaurant since January 2020, two months before COVID," Burleson said. "We've been working on a lot of projects, so hopefully they come to fruition this year."
Keenan Thomas reports for the Knox News business growth and development team. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knoxville's plan to add thousands more homes only needs one more vote
Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon's plan to bring more housing to Knoxville has one more hurdle to clear before it can be enacted.The Knoxville City Council unanimously approved the first reading of the mayor's missing middle housing plan during its Jan. 23 meeting.Councilmember Amelia Parker was not in attendance.The plan could add thousands of new homes to a city in desperate need of more housing supply. Some 2,039 empty lots would be eligible for missing middle housing – structures like townhomes, d...
Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon's plan to bring more housing to Knoxville has one more hurdle to clear before it can be enacted.
The Knoxville City Council unanimously approved the first reading of the mayor's missing middle housing plan during its Jan. 23 meeting.
Councilmember Amelia Parker was not in attendance.
The plan could add thousands of new homes to a city in desperate need of more housing supply. Some 2,039 empty lots would be eligible for missing middle housing – structures like townhomes, duplexes and triplexes that fit in the footprint of a single-family home.
The council made virtually no changes to the plan, only updating one area to be more consistent with the city's zoning language.
The city will provide the council with an update on the plan's progress every six months to determine if changes need to be made or if there are unintended consequences.
"For the many people right now are looking for housing, (missing middle) can create more housing supply within the same amount of space," Kincannon said at the meeting. "It's more supply. It's more sustainable. It's more walkable. It's in alignment with a lot of the goals of the city."
What are the proposed zoning changes?
Kincannon unveiled her plan in August, which outlined a new zoning structure within Knoxville's Traditional Neighborhood Residential zones. That's about 25% of the city's land, including historic neighborhoods such as Mechanicsville, Fourth and Gill, and Parkridge.
If a developer wanted to build missing middle housing in those areas, these new codes would allow for more homes to be built per lot.
The proposal was revamped after the Knoxville-Knox County Planning Commission asked the city to get more public input and to expand the plan.
The city then made three major changes to the plan:
The planning commission approved the mayor's plan during its Dec. 14 meeting, making a few edits that further reduced parking minimums and increased setback variances, allowing buildings to be built closer to their property lines.
What's next for the plan?
The city council will vote on a second reading of the plan during the Feb. 6 meeting.
Rick Barnes explains the positives and negatives of Tennessee basketball's bye week
North Carolina is 16-3 and up to No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25, but Rick Barnes wouldn’t mind a trip to Chapel Hill this week. Anything is better than when the Vols had to go the Dean Smith Center in November.On November 29, when Tennessee was coming off a trip to Honolulu for the Maui Invitational, the Vols gave up 62 points in the first half at North Carolina and trailed by as many as 24 points.An attem...
North Carolina is 16-3 and up to No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25, but Rick Barnes wouldn’t mind a trip to Chapel Hill this week. Anything is better than when the Vols had to go the Dean Smith Center in November.
On November 29, when Tennessee was coming off a trip to Honolulu for the Maui Invitational, the Vols gave up 62 points in the first half at North Carolina and trailed by as many as 24 points.
An attempted rally in the second half — Tennessee got the deficit down to six with 1:39 left, thanks to 37 points from Dalton Knecht — came up short in a 100-92 loss.
“I know one thing,” Barnes said on Vol Calls on Monday night, “I wish we were playing North Carolina Wednesday instead of when we played them.”
Instead of another test, though, Tennessee (14-4, 4-1 SEC) gets a break this week, with no midweek game before the Vols got to Vanderbilt (5-13, 0-5) on Saturday (6 p.m. Eastern Time, TV: SEC Network).
‘You just have to make it work in terms of trying to keep them in rhythm, but yet trying to get them some rest’
The ACC-SEC Challenge, which sent Tennessee to North Carolina in late November, replaced the previous Big 12-SEC Challenge, which was played in late January. The change left the Vols and the rest of the SEC with a bye week built into this season’s schedule
And it comes with both positives and negatives, according to Barnes. It’s a break that can be helpful for players in need of some time off. But it’s also a break for a Tennessee team that has won three straight SEC games by an average margin of 15 points.
“I think that most people say it’s good,” Barnes said. “We got some guys that can use a couple lighter days here, but we don’t want to get out of rhythm with what we’re doing. And I would think that some of our guys feel like they needed (it).
“You just have to make it work in terms of trying to keep them in rhythm, but yet trying to get them some rest, too.”
Up Next: No. 5 Tennessee at Vanderbilt, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Saturday night, after Tennessee’s 91-71 win over Alabama at Thompson-Boling Arena, Barnes said the week ahead would be a big one for Tennessee’s younger players.
Dilione played 18 minutes over the last four games. Estrella played nine minutes against Florida last week, after not playing the two previous weeks, and had four more minutes against Alabama.
“We got to get our young guys better,” Barnes said, “because I think all those guys are gonna have to help us at some point in time. What we know is there’s some unknowns that could pop up.
“But this is a big week for our young guys and we expect these guys who have played a lot of minutes to take care of their bodies and get healthy and that will be the focus of it.”
SmashCity's burgers are a hit, if a bit pricey | Grub Scout
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For the Knoxville News SentinelLike most of you, The Grub Spouse and I found our lives turned upside-down when Snowmageddon '24 descended upon our region. After being trapped in the Grub House for days, we found a Goldilocks window of time to escape to downtown Knoxville. The roads were navigable enough for us to squeeze in a performance of "Wicked" at the Tennessee Theatre and kill the proverbial second bird by walking a few blocks to ...
For the Knoxville News Sentinel
Like most of you, The Grub Spouse and I found our lives turned upside-down when Snowmageddon '24 descended upon our region. After being trapped in the Grub House for days, we found a Goldilocks window of time to escape to downtown Knoxville. The roads were navigable enough for us to squeeze in a performance of "Wicked" at the Tennessee Theatre and kill the proverbial second bird by walking a few blocks to SmashCity for a pre-show dinner.
This wasn’t my first experience with the tiny burger franchise (the other location is in Omaha, Nebraska, of all places). I first tried their fare almost two years ago during a visit to their original Knoxville home, Marble City Market (the business was simply known as Smash in those days). I tried their Truffle Smash burger on that outing and walked away having immediately elevated it to one of my favorite local burgers.
However, they flew the coop about six months ago, departing MCM and finding a cozy new home on Central Avenue, near the intersection of Summit Hill Drive. They have their own parking lot there and occupy a small but welcoming space that certainly has a lot more personality than the MCM food-court seating area.
The Spouse and I were greeted by a genial employee who was eager to answer any questions we might have. She informed us that since SmashCity’s relocation from its previous venue, the business had made some minor changes, including offering a single-patty burger option and a different variety of fries.
These days, three beef burgers ‒ including the SmashCity Classic (American cheese, grilled onions, pickles and more) and my previous order, the Truffle Smash (provolone cheese, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms and truffle mayo) ‒ are on the menu. There’s now also a build-your-own option that allows the customer to pick the toppings, cheeses and sauces. All burgers come with fries and are served on a potato bun unless one goes with the gluten-free bun.
This time, I ordered the Spicy Smash ($16.50) and kept all the default ingredients — pepper jack cheese, grilled onions, grilled jalapeños and spicy mayo — including the potato bun.
The Spouse chose one of the chicken sandwiches, the Chicken Smash ($17.50), which is made with two ground-chicken patties, provolone cheese, red onion, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard. Also available are the Spicy Chicken Smash, which is similar but features pepper jack cheese and spicy mayo; the Black Bean Smash, a veggie burger made with two black-bean patties; build-your-own versions of both the chicken and veggie sandwiches; and the Kids Smash Pack (for ages 12 and younger), a single-patty burger served with fries and a host of available toppings and cheeses.
Add-ons include more fries, bacon, an additional patty and extra servings of SmashCity’s RAD sauces (truffle mayo, spicy mayo, Smash sauce, house ranch and honey mustard). These range from 50 cents each for the sauces to $5 for another helping of fries. However, considering that each sandwich comes with fries, it’s hard for me to imagine needing more. But who knows what people do?
Neither sandwich disappointed. My Spicy Smash burger was delish, although comparing it to the Truffle Smash I had in '22, it didn’t stand up quite as well (and that is reflected in my slightly lower food score this time). Overall, however, these burgers remind me a lot of what comes off the grill at Five Guys, which is my go-to burger among the national fast-food chains.
Although I don’t typically go out of my way to eat sandwiches made with ground-chicken patties, I have to say that The Spouse’s Chicken Smash was a big hit with my palate, delivering a great blend of poultry, veggie, cheese and sauce toppings.
The price points at SmashCity still aren’t my favorite part of their business model. This meal for two cost us around $37 (after taxes, before tip), whereas a comparable meal at Five Guys would have rung up at about $25. But none of that cancels out the fact that SmashCity makes a mighty good burger. However, wait until it’s safe to hit the roads again before giving one a try. Smashed burgers are good. Smashed vehicles are not.
Address: 211 S. Central St.
No alcohol service
Department of Health score: 99
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
For burgers and chicken sandwiches that are simply smashing, try this burger stop that has recently settled into a new home downtown.
Former Vols’ NBA results for Jan. 25
Two former Vols competed in the NBA Thursday. One former Vol did not play due to illness, while one did not play due to a coaches decision.Boston defeated Miami, 143-110, at Kaseya Center in Miami...
Two former Vols competed in the NBA Thursday. One former Vol did not play due to illness, while one did not play due to a coaches decision.
Josh Richardson totaled eight points, three assists, two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes for the Heat. He converted 4-of-9 field goal attempts.
Tobias Harris did not play due to illness for Philadelphia.
Julian Phillips did not play for the Bulls due to a coach’s decision.
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