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AAA says Gas Prices Drop for Nine Straight Days

 

AAATampa, FL – Gas prices have fallen for nine consecutive days, reaching today’s average of $2.33 per gallon.

Gasoline demand remains on track to set a new all-time high for the 2016 summer driving season, however, crude oil remains relatively less expensive than recent years which is contributing to direct savings at the pump.

Drivers are saving a nickel per gallon on the week, but are paying five cents per gallon more on the month.

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AAA reports Average U.S. Gas Prices Climb to 2016 High

 

AAATampa, FL – The national average price of gas reached a new 2016 high over the weekend, and today’s average of $2.38 per gallon is the most expensive average since September 2015.

Gas prices have moved higher by two cents per gallon on the week and 16 cents per gallon on the month.

Although pump prices have increased for 28 of the past 33 days, consumers continue to benefit from yearly savings and prices are down 42 cents per gallon compared to a year ago.

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Tennessee Titans take Arkansas guard Sebastian Tretola in the 6th round of the NFL Draft

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – Arkansas Razorback guard Sebastian Tretola was taken in the 6th round with the 193rd overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday.

In the NFL Combine, the 6’4″ 314 pound Tretola ran a 5.45 second 40 yard dash and had 22 reps on the bench press (225 pounds).

Tretola started all 14 games at left guard for Arkansas and closed out his career with playing 24 straight contests.

Arkansas Razorback guard Sebastian Tretola (73) was taken by the Tennessee Titans with the 193th overall pick of the NFL Draft. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Arkansas Razorback guard Sebastian Tretola (73) was taken by the Tennessee Titans with the 193th overall pick of the NFL Draft. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

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APSU Governors Baseball hits the road to take on Memphis Tigers

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityMemphis, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU)’s baseball team begins a four-game in-state road trip when it meets Memphis in a 6:30pm, Tuesday contest at FedEx Field.

The Governors return to the road after winning an Ohio Valley Conference series, 2-1, against Southeast Missouri over the weekend.

Austin Peay Baseball starts four game road trip Tuesday at Memphis. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball starts four game road trip Tuesday at Memphis. (APSU Sports Information)

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2016 Shape of the Nation report shows most states dropping the ball on Kids Physical Education

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, Texas – Students across the nation would benefit from strong state requirements for physical education. However, 2016 Shape of the Nation™, released today by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows most states are dropping the ball on keeping kids active and fit and preparing them for a healthy future.

First compiled nearly 30 years ago, the latest status of physical education in this country was released today in Minneapolis, MN, at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, the largest gathering of physical educators in the country.

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Tennessee House of Representatives Welcomes Japan’s Consul-General

 

Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The Tennessee House of Representatives was pleased to welcome Mr. Masami Kinefuchi to attend Wednesday’s session of the House and to present him with a House Joint Resolution recognizing the great contribution he has made to the economy of Tennessee.

The consul-general’s job is to facilitate economic and cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. He has jurisdiction over five states—Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. In these five states, there are more than 400 Japanese companies.

In Tennessee there are over 180 Japanese-based business employing more than 46,000 individuals with the largest company being Nissan with an assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Other Japanese companies in Tennessee are Denso, Bridgestone, Calsonic, and Yorozu.

Rep. Curtis Johnson on the far right presented the House Joint Resolution to Mr. Kinefuchi (4th from left). Also, from the left is the governor’s chief of state, Jim Henry; House Finance Chairman, Charles Sargent; and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

Rep. Curtis Johnson on the far right presented the House Joint Resolution to Mr. Kinefuchi (4th from left). Also, from the left is the governor’s chief of state, Jim Henry; House Finance Chairman, Charles Sargent; and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

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Austin Peay State University professor Darren Michael publishes first full-length play, “Scarecrows Will Never See the Sunset”

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – As a child growing up in Arkansas, Darren Michael often heard stories about the town of Smackover. Thanks to the oil boom of the 1920s and 1930s, thousands flocked to the southern town in search of fortune.

Predictably, however, when the oil wells ran dry, those residents left as quickly as they came – and the city atrophied.

APSU professor Darren Michael

APSU professor Darren Michael

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UT Lady Vols Basketball punches ticket to Elite Eight with 78-62 win against Ohio State

 

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UT Lady VolsSioux Falls, SD – Behind a career night from Mercedes Russell, Tennessee will play for a spot in the Final Four after defeating Ohio State, 78-62, in the Sweet 16 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Friday night.

In the midst of their best stretch of the season, the No. 7 seed Lady Vols (22-13) have won six of their last seven games to advance to the 28th Elite Eight in program history. Despite reaching the Sweet 16, Ohio State (26-8) finished the season losing four of its last seven.

Russell’s dominance throughout the game led to her best performance donning the orange, scoring a career-high 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting. She also collected 15 rebounds, matching a career-best.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers center Mercedes Russell (21) drives on Ohio State Buckeyes forward Shayla Cooper (32) in the second half of the semifinals of the Sioux Falls regional of the women's NCAA Tournament at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Tennessee defeated Ohio State 78-62. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Lady Volunteers center Mercedes Russell (21) drives on Ohio State Buckeyes forward Shayla Cooper (32) in the second half of the semifinals of the Sioux Falls regional of the women’s NCAA Tournament at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Tennessee defeated Ohio State 78-62. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

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American Heart Association reports U.S. Heart Disease Rates decline overall; some Southern areas see less progress

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – While heart disease death rates have declined overall in the United States, there are dramatic differences in those rates among U.S. counties, including weaker declines found south of the Mason-Dixon Line, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

The findings reveal a notable geographic shift in death rates from heart disease since the early 1970s, emphasizing the importance of geography for heart disease prevention and treatment, according to Michele Casper, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

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NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Satellite measures Southern United States Heavy Rainfall

 

Written by Harold F. Pierce / Rob Gutro
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – Extremely heavy rain fell over the southern United States during the past week and data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission core satellite and others in the GPM constellation provided a look at areas with heaviest rainfall. The data showed the largest amounts of rain fell from north central Louisiana to southern Arkansas.

A slow moving area of low pressure pumped moisture from the Gulf of Mexico causing torrential rain that resulted in widespread flooding in states from Texas to Tennessee over the last week.

This image shows the distribution of rainfall from March 7th through 14th, 2016 over the south central U.S. Purple indicates highest rainfall amounts. (NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce)

This image shows the distribution of rainfall from March 7th through 14th, 2016 over the south central U.S. Purple indicates highest rainfall amounts. (NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce)

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