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Customers can register for Tampa Electric's solar rebates

Customers can register for Tampa Electric's solar rebates

Tampa, FL -- During the next three weeks, Tampa Electric customers can register for $1.5 million in solar rebates for installing new photovoltaic (PV) systems at their homes or businesses.

Tampa Electric will reopen its 2011 solar PV program at 8 a.m. Sept. 15, to distribute $500,000 in unclaimed funds.

  • Customers can submit a reservation at tampaelectric.com/solarrebates
  • Rebates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • To qualify, the solar array must be installed within 90 days of receiving a free Home Energy Audit and approval by Tampa Electric

Library sponsors online living seminar on cooking

Library sponsors online living seminar on cooking

Tampa, Florida --The John Germany Library in downtown Tampa is sponsoring an online living seminar focusing on cooking.

It takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the library, 900 N. Ashley Drive in Tampa.

The library says those who attend will be able to find the best websites for recipes and cooking tips, get organized with online food and exercise journals, and use meal planners to help build a shopping list.

Get your new USF Bulls victory shirt!

Get your new USF Bulls victory shirt!

Tampa, FL -- The University of South Florida Bulls football team, now ranked No. 22 in The Associated Press Top 25, is celebrating its big win Saturday over then 16th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Bulls Heaven, the official merchandiser for the USF Bulls, is selling an officially licensed souvenir shirt commemorating the Bulls’ 23-20 victory in South Bend, Ind., the biggest season-opening victory in school history.

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USF fans can proudly wear the celebratory shirt, which will be available next week in the Bulls Heaven retail store at 14823 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa, between Fletcher and Bearss Avenues. It can be pre-ordered now at www.bullsheaven.com.

Gas prices rise as major storms rock the South

Gas prices rise as major storms rock the South

Tampa, FL -- The trading price of crude oil inched up slightly last week as news of Tropical Storm Lee threatened Gulf refineries, according to a AAA Club South report.

AAA reports Tropical Storm Lee caused multiple companies to shutdown and evacuate refineries in the Gulf of Mexico cutting off 48 percent of output quotas.  Hurricane Katia has yet to make landfall, but is threatening the East coast of the U.S.

Currently a Category 2 hurricane, Katia has the potential to damage refineries along the East coast, which could push oil and gas prices higher. Crude oil closed Friday at $86.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange--$1.08 more than the week prior. 

"Retail gas prices rose an average of 5 cents last week in the Southeast and are expected to increase further this week after Lee disrupted Gulf refining," said Jessica Brady, spokesperson, AAA Auto Club South. "Normally, oil would trade at higher prices as a result of the storms, but bearish economic news is keeping downward pressure on prices."

New Tampa Kohl's store?

New Tampa Kohl's store?

Rumor is swirling through New Tampa to Wesley Chapel of Kohl's department store coming to the region.

The Laker reports efforts are underway for a location next to Dillards at The Shops at Wiregrass mall.

At the moment, Kohl's shoppers must travel to either Lutz or Brandon for the closest locations.

Gas prices remain steady

Gas prices remain steady

Plant City -- Once again as the Labor Day weekend approaches you can still find some reasonable gas prices.

The Circle K on E. 60 and Turkey Creek Road is the lowest in the area right now.  A gallon of regular will cost you $3.39.

The Citgo at 4612 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Turkey Creek Road has a gallon going for $3.41.

Hillsborough Cybermobile changes service days

Hillsborough Cybermobile changes service days

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries’ Cybermobile will change its service days to Tuesday – Friday beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6.  The Cybermobile previously operated on a Monday – Thursday schedule.

The Cybermobile is a Spanish-language mobile library branch that provides free library resources including: Internet and library database access; computer classes; Spanish and English books and multimedia materials; and library programs with bilingual staff.

It makes scheduled stops in Spanish speaking communities in Brandon, Dover, Gibsonton, Plant City, Ruskin, Tampa and Wimauma.