The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Tennessee is $3.38 as of press time on Monday, March 21; a month ago, the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $3.02, jumping the price for a gallon of gas up by $.345. The cheapest place to get gas is the Quick Stop Food Mart at the corner of North 2nd Street and Forbes Avenue, the closest gasoline station to campus, at a price of $3.29 a gallon.

Michael Hamlet, director of Human Resources, said employees of APSU may receive reimbursement for travel related to conducting business on behalf of the university. “This may include reimbursement for mileage if the employee uses their personal vehicle for travel. This would not include travel related to one’s normal commute to work.”

The current rate for mileage reimbursement is 46 cents per mile. “Our mileage reimbursement rate mirrors the mileage rate set by the Federal General Services Administration (GSA) which is adjusted periodically,” Hamlet said. Variables such as an increase in the price of gas have triggered changes in the mileage reimbursement in the past.

Commuter student Theresa Sponseller, junior chemistry and Pre-Dental major, has a 30-minute drive to school from her home in Woodlawn. She said it cost her $60 to fill up her vehicle the last time she bought gas. “I definitely don’t eat out as much and when I can, I bring my work stuff with me. But because I have a dog, that’s not very often because she needs out in between school and work,” she said.

Another commuter student, Brooklyn Singleton, a sophomore Health and Human Performance major, said her drive to school from her home off Tiny Town Road is 13 miles. The last time she purchased gas it cost her around $44 to fill her vehicle. She said the rising gas prices are something she does not really pay too much attention to.

“They are getting up there, but the way I see it is I’m going to pay the money so I can drive,” Singleton said. “I wont be eating out as much, but other than that everything will probably stay the same.”

Sponseller said the rising gas prices do not change her plans for how she will attend school next semester. “I’ve tried online classes and they’re not for me, but that would be a great alternative for a lot of people whose commute is long.”

To see current gas prices of Clarksville, visit TAS