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Gas prices on the rise

July 17, 2017--8:23 a.m.

Staff reports

You may have noticed you were paying a little more at the pump this past weekend.

Georgia gas prices averaged $2.15 on Sunday, 4.5 cents more than a week ago and 10 cents more than last year.

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.25 - 1-cent less than a week ago, 3 cents more than this time last year.

"Gas prices could inch a little higher this week," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Refineries are running on all cylinders, cutting into excess crude stocks. That helped push oil prices higher last week, which puts upward pressure on prices at the pump. The increase on the retail-side may only amount to as much as 5 cents by the end of the week. While this could be the start of a gradual uptick in gas prices, drivers are likely to continue saving at the pump compared to what they paid earlier this year."

The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia are $2.23 in Atlanta, $2.14 in Savannah, and $2.09 in Athens.

However, you could find a gallon of regular unleaded for much less than that in Northwest Georgia.

Gas could be found for as low as $1.97 in Calhoun, $1.95 in Rome, $1.96 in Cartersville and $1.98 in Cedartown.