Tennesse gas prices defy rest of country, tick upward

FILE - In this July 10, 2012 file photo, Suzanne Meredith, of Walpole, Mass., gases up her car at a Gulf station in Brookline, Mass. Reducing sulfur in gasoline and tightening emissions standards on cars beginning in 2017, as the Obama administration is proposing, would come with costs as well as rewards. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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.

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