AAA: Gas prices steady as international tensions push oil higher

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Gas prices in East Tennessee generally remained steady even as international pressures pushed oil prices higher, according to a new survey by AAA.

Despite oil rising more than than $3.00 to $96.41 last week, a gallon of gas in Tennessee sits only six cents higher than the same point last year and is the 5th lowest in the country. AAA blamed the higher prices on larger than expected U.S. consumer sentiment, concerns about supply disruptions in the Middle East, and renewed tensions between the Israel and Iran.

In East Tennessee, only two cities included in the AAA survey saw their prices move by more than a penny and a half. Prices in both Bristol and Maryville rose by more than a nickel, but still ended up in line with the rest of the surrounding area, at between $3.40 and $3.46.

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