Pennies Off at the Pump

We've been slowly conditioned to overall higher gas prices in Knoxville, and by the same token, a couple of pennies off isn't quite the thrill it was in, say, the days of $1.50 gasoline. Oh, wait a minute, those days were just a year ago, according to, which released these statistics Jan. 25:

• Average retail gasoline prices in Knoxville fell 4.8 cents per gallon the week ending Jan. 25, averaging $2.63 per gallon.

• The national average wasn't quite as good, falling 2.9 cents per gallon that same week to $2.70 per gallon.

• Prices today are 96.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 21.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

• We're doing worse for the month and the year than the national average: It increased just 10.4 cents per gallon during the last month and is 87.7 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.