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In the wake of a gas pipeline leak in Alabama, motorists in Tennessee are being urged not to panic about possible shortages. A spokesperson for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency told Local 8 News that, instead of rushing to the pumps unnecessarily, Tennesseans should fill up their tanks on a normal basis. He said if excessive demand continues to rise, retailers won't be able to keep up.
Continuous problems with a leaking gasoline pipeline are causing a spike in retail pump prices in the Southeast, including Tennessee. Colonial Pipeline Company is starting to build a bypass around the leak in Shelby County, Alabama, but there is no time frame for when it will be completed. The company says it hopes to reopen the line that supplies fuel for the East Coast later this week. Triple-A says today's statewide average price for regular in Tennessee is $2.10 a gallon, a 10-cent increase in the last week. There was an even bigger jump in Crossville, where today's average of $2.06 a gallon is up 13 cents.
Officials with AAA are saying not to worry about shortage of gasoline this weekend. If people drive and fill up as normal, not crises will be had at the pumps. However, if vast numbers of people panic and take more than is usual, shortages could be on hand. The Alabama pipeline is expected to be repaired and re-opened this week.
The Navy says pilot error was the cause of a deadly Blue Angels jet crash in Tennessee in June. Marine Captain Jeff Kuss was flying too fast and low when he lost control of his F/A-18 practicing for an air show in Smyrna. Fatigue and weather were also listed as contributing factors. The Navy reports Kuss tried to eject just before the crash. An F-16 jet from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds crashed on the same day in Colorado. The pilot ejected and wasn't seriously injured.
A Monday-night season opener and seven games at Neyland Stadium highlight the 2017 Tennessee football schedule as released Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference. The Vols play 12 games over 13 weeks in 2017, with the open date coming on October 7th, following the completion of Week Five. UT opens the season with the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Game versus Georgia Tech on Monday, September 4th at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Vols have not played the Yellow Jackets in 30 years.