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A gallon of gas drops below $3 in Chattanooga for first time in 2013

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Drivers hit the pumps Wednesday as Chattanooga gas prices dropped under $3 in parts of the city.

Salesman Mark Covington filled up at the Kanku Citgo on Wilcox Boulevard, where prices sat at $2.99 a gallon. Covington lives in Mississippi and drives about 1,000 miles a week for his job. He always follows the app on his iPhone to find a city's cheapest gas, because when you drive that much even a few cents a gallon make a difference, he said.

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"I saw this and whipped in," he said. "My company pays me cents per mile, so the cheaper I can get the gas, the more money I make."

Chattanooga's average gas price was $3.16 on Wednesday, 40 cents cheaper than the year-ago price and 81 cents cheaper than the region's record high of $3.97, which occurred almost exactly five years ago in September 2008.

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