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High gas prices

Posted Monday, January 9, 2012, at 10:17 AM

We're hearing constant complaints at the T-G about why gas prices are so much higher in Shelbyville than in surrounding counties.

The T-G has asked about this before and has been unable to get any of those responsible to comment.

It's becoming ridiculous. Something needs to change.

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Walmart and Kroger, the big guys, have more to do with price setting than anyone.

-- Posted by shelbyvillefriend on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 3:49 PM

Once when asking the owner of a station about the difference from one area to another I was told that some of it has to do with county taxes (how true that is I don't know, but that was his answer). It was mentioned that Murphy oil ( which is American owned, last I checked) was using gimmicks to get customers, well that is a common practice all over. Look at grocery store and their loyalty cards, With your Kroger card you get a discount, so if we were to boycott Murphy s for doing it to be realistic we would need to boycott a lot of places that also use the gimmicks method of securing sales.

I expect the gas prices to go up between now and the election since they are a hot issue and the oil companies are very much in control of the republican party, and want to get them in office to do their bidding. Higher gas prices would be a good thing for them to use to manipulate and distract - and one the oil companies can use to get their boys where they want them. They sure could pull a lot of "favors" by helping the right get to the hill.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 4:15 PM

The merchants in Shelbyville should be ticked off at the people who set those gas prices so high. I generally try to fill my tank up everytime I am in Tullahoma or Murfreesboro, but if I'm there, I'm going to shop there too. That takes business away from Shelbyville merchants. I think if enough of us boycott the local gas stations and only buy what you have to here and get it in surrounding cities, eventually those fat cats who jack our prices up so high, will have to come down on their prices. The problem is getting enough people to do this. Everyone wants to complain, but few want to take action. I think it's time we all took a stand and started making a difference. In the long run, we all win.

-- Posted by justmytwocentsworth on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 1:11 PM

With much better health care services, cheaper prices on most anything and wider variety of goods and services to be purchased, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why Shelbyville residents spend a TON of money in the Boro.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 11:33 AM

I fill up twice weekly and buy mine in Murfreesboro or Mt. Juliet (close to work).

Get my groceries at Publix in the Boro.

-- Posted by roadrunner on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 10:57 AM

I go to Tullahoma and Murfreesboro every week and I always get my gas there. I buy lots of things out of town that are cheaper than the prices here or better selection there. Hard to keep money in Shelbyville when you have better options 20 to 30 minutes away.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 12:19 AM

Shelbyville has lost more business to Tullahoma/M'boro on gas price gouging alone. It's been going on for months.

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 8:21 PM

Maybe we need to boycott Murphy Oil For awhile they were offering 10 cents off on gallon if you signed up and used card- trick you had to go inside wal-Mart to put money on card.

-- Posted by ckna910 on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 7:34 PM

everyone should watch the price game that murphy oil does to try and figure why the prices are up or off. they list thier price as xxx amount during the morning and then drop the price anwhere from 1 to 3 cents during the day.... and raise it again at night. and then sometimes i notice they are charging 10 to 15 cents more on the gallon than any other gas station in shelbyville... then the other stations find out and raise thiers. i live right across the street from them and watch this every day.

-- Posted by kyhhfan1 on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 6:07 PM

$5.00 a gallon, anyone? It is up to that level in Southern California!

-- Posted by caligal on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 5:38 PM

Lewisburg is lot cheaper also. It was under 3.00 there about a week ago.

-- Posted by ckna910 on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 1:15 PM

It is a fact that when Murphy oil opened there was a gas war of sort on the west side of Tullahoma.It does amaze me that the Boro can be 30 cents a gallon cheaper sometimes.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 12:24 PM

I always buy my fuel in Tullahoma and not from the big green sign either [ Kroger and raceway are less expensive and just as good in my book ] --- not only is it the jet, look at the big house on the hill on the Old Tullahoma Hwy --- the rich people keep getting richer off of us "poor working folks" and all we do is keep griping about it and paying what they ask --- heck we all need to go back to buggies and bicycles.

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 12:13 PM

Don't you know it cost more to transport gas to Shelbyville with the terminal being here.It is cheaper to carry it to Tullahoma.Call Gary King and THANK HIM for helping us out by keeping our fuel cost down.That way maybe some day we can fly our private jet to Florida or Mexico every weekend by what we save buying our gas local.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 11:31 AM

Maybe everyone should take the short drive to Tullahoma or to Murfreesboro and buy their gas. If I need gas desperately I will buy about $3.00 worth and drive to Tullahoma before I will pay the higher prices in Shelbyville.

-- Posted by bodyshop on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 11:20 AM

I buy gas in Tullahoma where it is usually 15 to 20 cents cheaper per gallon. Maybe someone from our Government needs to investigate local price-gouging.

-- Posted by ckna910 on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 10:41 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.