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Eight-year old Kadence Lipford and her 18-wheeler featured on national trading card

By: Michael Ganzman
Freelance Writer

Eight-year-old Kadence Lipford is a busy little girl; she goes to school, rides horses, collects money for charity, frequently attends her church, works on a farm, acts in plays, argues with her mom, and the list goes on.
“I also do pageants,” Kadence said about her time as a child beauty queen, earning titles like Little Miss Kingsport and Piney Flats.
Kadence’s mother, Lisa Lipford, said her daughter was brought up to be a well-rounded and responsible person. With the help of her mother, Kadence has recently earned one more responsibility: owning an 18-wheel tractor trailer truck.
Kadence gained ownership of the truck through her family, which owns Bill Burrow Trucking, Inc. in Mountain City. Burrow is her uncle, and with the help of him and her mother, Kadence now owns not one but several of the massive trucks.
“We financed a truck, she had it paid off in a year, then she bought her next one,” Lipford said about helping Kadence finance tractor trailers. “She took the money she made to equity and put it into the next truck.”
Kadence now owns many trucks but it is her first one that she remembers most fondly, particularly since it has now received international recognition.
Last year, Kadence’s first truck, a black 2000 Peterbilt 379, was chosen by machinery and engine company Caterpillar, Inc. to be featured on a truck scales trading card. These cards are handed out at truck stops and list details about the specific trucks and include a picture of the vehicle and its owner.
Being featured on a card is a prestigious honor given out only to only 60 trucks in the country each year, out of the several hundred thousand that are on the roads nationwide.
Just recently, the Lipfords received a call from CAT who told them that Kadence’s card was completed.
“They said it would go to print in November or December,” said Lipford.
Funds made using the trucks that Kadence owns are also put toward her future, as her family has created a savings account that sets aside money that will be used to pay for her college.

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