Athens: After game, gas shortage about same

28 09 2008

By CRYSTAL OWENS | Athens Banner-Herald

Athenians will make their daily commutes to work today facing the same gas shortages as they did last week, area gas station employees said Sunday.

Despite the gas deficiencies – especially after Saturday’s football game between Georgia and Alabama that drew some 100,000 out-of-town visitors to the Classic City – law enforcement officials were not responding to many calls from motorists out of gas, said Athens-Clarke police Lt. Willie Brinkley.

Across the region, state patrol troopers said they were experiencing the same call volume as Athens police.

However, troopers at the Toccoa and Gainesville posts did report having to assist a few stranded motorists.

Many Athens gas stations still are waiting for shipments to alleviate shortages almost a week after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that North Georgia gas stations can sell ordinary gasoline through Oct.12 in addition to the cleaner-burning blend usually sold here.

“We don’t have any gas. We ran out four days ago,” said Tannisha Tappan, an employee at the South Lumpkin Street Kangaroo station. “At this point, we’re just waiting on gas of any kind.”

At other stations, like the Golden Pantry on Jefferson Road, employees know not to express too much optimism about the possibility of keeping customers at the pumps.

“Right now we have gas,” employee James Stanley said Sunday night. “In an hour or so, we may not.”