Gas prices at 7-year high and hitting Mid-South pockets hard

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Gas prices across the country are at a 7-year high, at an average of $3.36 a gallon, and the impact is being felt in the Mid-South.

Prices at the pumps in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi still rank as some of the lowest in the country, but, at over $3 a gallon, that’s hardly a relief for Mid-South drivers.

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Gas in Arkansas is the cheapest in the country, but still rose almost five cents this week to $3.01 a gallon on average.

Fuel in Mississippi coast slightly more, averaging out at $3.03 a gallon.

But, it’ll cost you a little more to drive through Tennessee.

Gas prices in the Volunteer state is pumping out at an average of $3.15 a gallon.

Hard-working people in the Mid-South states said they’re afraid those prices won’t get better anytime soon.

Drives for people like Mitchell Carter, who travels between his businesses in Memphis and Gulfport, Mississippi, are getting expensive.

“I think it’s probably going to get worse,” Carter said. Most people won’t want to go visit because of fuel prices.”

And, for people who use gas in their jobs every day, the impact is even harsher.

Austin Allen runs a pressure washing and car detailing service in Memphis. He said he’s being hit hard by the rising prices.

“I use gas for a pressure washer and generator and everything else, because it really affects a lot right now, and then you got to get to and from the job,” Allen said.