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Tennessee sees 14-cent decrease in average gas price

Staff Report • Updated Mar 23, 2020 at 12:36 PM

Amid concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), AAA reports the average gas price in Tennessee is now $1.89 per gallon, nearly 34 cents less than one month ago and 54 cents less than one year ago.

“Typically gas prices start to trend more expensive at the beginning of spring, especially as motorists get out to enjoy the warmer weather and travel for spring break,” said Megan Cooper, a spokesperson for AAA, said in a press release issued Monday. “That is not the case this year.”

“With Americans urged to stay at home and practice social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus, we are seeing less traffic on the roadways which will ultimately drive down demand, increase gasoline supply and push pump prices less expensive for the foreseeable future.”

At $1.99 per gallon, Johnson City is among the most expensive metro markets in the state, according to a press release from the Auto Club Group, which is the second largest AAA club in North America.

Cleveland ($1.70), Memphis ($1.80) and Chattanooga ($1.82) are among the least expensive metro markets in the state. About 86% of Tennessee filling stations have a gas price below $2 per gallon.

The average price in the state has dropped 14 cents since last week. Gas prices in the state have declined for 26 consecutive days, but eight metro areas have seen double-digit increases in the last week.

The national average is $2.12, 13 cents cheaper than one week ago.