Clarksville, TN – After making a history-making run through the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament last week, Austin Peay State University’s men’s basketball team will have to face a history making challenge once again in the NCAA Tournament.
The Governors (18-17) were the first eighth-seed to win the OVC Tournament championship, winning four games in four days, but now a bigger undertaking awaits them as a 16-seed and having to go up against the NCAA Tournament’s overall number-one seed Kansas (30-4).
Tampa, FL – Motorists likely noticed an increase in prices at the pump last week. Gas prices are following their seasonal upward trend, increasing an average of 6 cents in the past week. The national average rose 11 days in a row – the longest streak of increases since May 2015 – for a total of 11 cents before leveling-out on Sunday.
“Shifts in the price of oil, supply and demand, and refinery maintenance, are all factors pushing gas prices higher,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Fuel supplies usually tighten this time of year as Americans begin taking spring vacations and refineries reduce output while conducting seasonal maintenance. These factors will likely push gas prices 30-50 cents higher by Memorial Day weekend.”
Despite fear, AAA survey reveals experience with vehicle technology leads to trust
Knoxville, TN – New vehicle technology has become a major topic among American motorists. According to a new AAA survey, three out of four U.S. motorists are afraid to ride in a self-driving car. Motorists feel the technology is too new.
In spite of this fear, AAA found that motorists who own vehicles with semi-autonomous features are 75 percent more likely to trust the technology then those who don’t own it.
February gas prices were the lowest in 12 years
Tampa, FL – Motorists found the cheapest gas prices for the month of February since 2004. The monthly average was $1.77 in Florida, $1.67 in Georgia, $1.54 in Tennessee, and $1.73 nationwide.
February gas prices dip for first time in 10 years. Throughout the month, gas prices declined a total of 5 cents nationwide, 9 cents in Florida, 7 cents in Georgia, and 8 cents in Tennessee.
Tampa, FL – Motorists are enjoying the lowest gas prices during this time of year since 2004. However, the current average remains at an all-time low since January 2009.
“Motorists are saving 60-70 cents for every gallon of gasoline compared to this time last year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “But the price of oil increased last week, and gas prices rose for the third consecutive day. Georgia and Tennessee residents are seeing prices higher than this time last week, but recent increases in Florida have not exceeded price declines from early last week.”
Tampa, FL – Motorists may soon begin to find some volatility at the gas pump. The national average price for gasoline rose for four consecutive days last week – the longest streak of increases since December. Prices in the southeast are also beginning to turn volatile.
The average price in Florida is one cent lower than last week, but rose for two days last week, for the first time since December. The average price in Georgia is fractions of a cent lower than last week, after increasing four consecutive days. The average price in Tennessee is the same as last week, after increasing for two consecutive days.
AAA finds two-thirds of American motorists are concerned about potholes
Knoxville, TN – As snow and ice begins to melt on roadways, the asphalt becomes compromised. Potholes are formed by water intrusion in the cracks of the asphalt. As a result, the material laid underneath the road softens causing weak spots to collapse under the weight of constant traffic.
AAA cautions drivers to remain alert to avoid pothole damage and urges state and local governments to fully fund and prioritize road maintenance to reduce vehicle damage, repair costs and driver frustration.
Tampa, FL – Motorists have fallen in love with paying the lowest gas prices in seven years. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded was $1.70 on Valentine’s Day this year, 55 cents lower than last year, and $1.64 lower than the same day in 2014.
“Gas prices continue to hover at levels unseen since 2009, largely due to the lower crude oil prices and minimal disruptions in supply,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Oil and gasoline supplies are at their highest levels on record, which should prevent upswings in pump prices until refinery maintenance season begins.”
Knoxville, TN – On Tuesday, the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote on House Bill 700 by Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) which would drastically weaken Tennessee’s motorcycle helmet law and undoubtedly increase deaths, traumatic brain injury and medical costs in the state.
The proposed bill would allow riders 21 years and older not insured with TennCare, to ride without a helmet. Tennessee’s current law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, regardless of age or experience of the rider.
AAA urges Americans to be informed when shaping 2016 travel plans
Knoxville, TN – Media publicity regarding terrorism, the stock market, and now the Zika virus is weighing on the minds of travelers, many of whom are turning to AAA for advice on whether they should alter their vacation plans.
AAA always encourages Americans to be cautious when traveling the world, and to be aware of any health or security alerts before leaving. Although much has been made about the Zika virus, and travelers should stay informed, Federal health officials have not issued travel restrictions to those countries with active virus transmission.
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