KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Drivers across the country caught a break last week. Despite several factors that usually indicate higher prices, the cost of a gallon of gas actually fell 2.4 cents nationwide, according to a new survey from AAA.
Unfortunately, folks in East Tennessee weren't so lucky. Prices here wither stayed the same or went up a penny or two. Not all of the news is bad, though. Tennessee drivers are still paying more than a quarter less than the national average.
AAA blamed the rise in oil proces to increasing tensions in the Middle East, specifically Syria and its oil-rich neighbors. Also, it pointed to fewer jobless claims leading to speculation of increased domestic demand. In all, oil closed last week up $1.82, at $97.85/barrel.