Knoxvillians Willing to Wait for Slightly Cheaper Gas

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Knoxville (WVLT) - AAA is reporting that gas prices are up in the Knoxville area.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.80.

That's an increase of nine and-a-half cents a gallon from last Wednesday.

The highest price we saw was on Clinton Highway at $2.81 a gallon.

And the lowest price we found was at $2.73. That was also on Clinton Highway and that made for some happy pumpers.

"Lord won't you lead me...Lord won't you lead me...Lord won't you lead me." At least one person thinks these prices are worth singing about. Word is this is the best price in town.

"That's what I've heard, yes," Rebecca McMillan says. "So I came straight here before I took the car back to the rental place."

They're lined up here at the Gas Mart and say it's worth the wait.

"Yes, yes, definitely because it's not a really long wait. It's not a bad wait," Eugene Hill says.

Eula Love continues to wait while Johnny Jones keeps on singing. "Lord won't you lead me...Lord won't you lead me....Lord won't you lead me."

At a savings of five to six cents a gallon, it does begin to add up.

"When it's a cheap place like this one, you know I always try to get enough that I can count on it to last a little while," Eula says. "About fifty dollars."

Johnny didn't put quite that much in his Lincoln. "I paid $30.55."

And with a little luck, "I'm gonna have a few cents left right here. We're gonna do OK."

Maybe OK enough to keep on singing. "Lord won't you lead me...we thank you for this cheap gas price at this station. Thank you."

Once Johnny saw our camera and mike, he just broke into song.

The highest price AAA reports today for the Knoxville area is $2.84 a gallon.

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