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Tricked-Out Truck Puts Garner Driver's Dream in Gear

Posted January 22, 2007

— A Garner truck driver is headed for schools across the country to tell kids about his profession and to show off the bright yellow rig called "Honor Roll" that a national television show made from his former truck.

Joe Poole had the dream during his 32 years of pushing trucks over the highways. His sister nominated him. The CMT Network program "Trick My Truck" had the $150,000. They came together in a school-bus-yellow dream truck that left Poole speechless.

"I was speechless. Tears were rolling," Poole said of the "reveal" when the team of truck customizers showed him what his old blue rig looks like now.

”To me they just made the dream come true, to go and talk to young kids all over the country,” Poole said.

Poole's truck was one of 24 chosen for a makeover from more than 30,000 nominations.

"Oh lord, this is awesome," Poole told the crew as he climbed inside to see his new custom interior.

"Joesph, you've always wanted to educate kids about truck so we turned your truck into a school bus," Bryan Martin, one of the customizing crew and owner of 4 State Trucks in Joplin, Mo.

“Man, that is one awesome school bus," Poole answered.

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  • uncw05 Jan 23, 2007

    Pictures are available on cmt.com, or you can google his name and cmt, and it will take you right to the page for that episode of the show.

  • larindap2 Jan 23, 2007

    We watched this program the other night. But did not know that it was a hometown person. It's a great show - does a lot for truckers around the country. He seemed to be a really nice guys - doing good for our school kids!

  • calliphall Jan 23, 2007

    Is it possible to upload a pic of the truck?? Awesome for this guys.. enjoy.

  • gramma Jan 23, 2007

    It's great to see a nice guy like Joe get his few moments of fame! He's trying to do something good for our youngsters and I think it's wonderful that the TV show picked him! You go, Joe! Keep on truckin'!

  • NC_VET Jan 23, 2007

    Hey Brother "KEEP ON TRUCKIN"

  • narck9 Jan 23, 2007

    Pretty nice guy. Way to Go!!!

  • HighRiskCO Jan 22, 2007

    Now this is NEWS! Teach the children well Mr. Poole. Keep on truckin!

  • diwanicki Jan 22, 2007

    Yes, this is good news. He is very lucky and so are the kids that get the opportunity to talk to and she him. Good luck Mr.Poole and I wish you the best.

  • ladybug467 Jan 22, 2007

    This is wonderful news ! Good for him, school kids will have so much fun w/ that truck

  • tinawalker Jan 22, 2007

    Man, it's nice to see some good news! What an inspiration this guy is...nice to see that he's willing to teach about what he's done with his life to kids around the country! Kudos to Mr. Poole!