MEDIC Regional Blood Center to Host Summer Cookout Promotion

Knoxville, TN – MEDIC Regional Blood Center will host its’ first Summer Cookout Promotion July 20 – 24 and will include a special edition t-shirt, donor incentives and several giveaway items including a grill.

Each summer, MEDIC sees a decrease in donations while hospitals have an increased need for blood supplies. The Summer Cookout Promotion will help increase inventory as well as provide extra amenities for donors.

“During the summer months, we typically see fewer donors and the pandemic has had a huge impact,” says Kristy Altman, Director of Communications and Donor Engagement. “We want this to be a special week for our donors while also collecting the blood and blood-related products needed by our 25 hospitals.”

MEDIC continues to follow social distancing guidelines and is requiring masks for all donors, staff and visitors in their donor centers and community drives/mobile buses. MEDIC staff will be grilling hot dogs and will serve those individually as well as offering chips and drinks.

The schedule for cookouts includes:

  • 7/20 – Athens Donor Center – 11 AM to 3 PM
  • 7/21 – Crossville Donor Center – 11 AM to 3 PM (CST)
  • 7/23 and 7/24 – Ailor Avenue Center and Farragut Donor Center – 11 AM to 5 PM

Additionally, MEDIC is pleased to announce the Farragut Donor Center will be open on Saturdays beginning July 11 through August 29 from 8 AM to 2 PM.

For more information, please visit the website at

About MEDIC Regional Blood Center:

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is a nonprofit organization and the provider of blood and blood products for 25 regional hospitals in 22 counties. MEDIC relies tremendously on blood drives set up at businesses, churches, schools and community events, which accounts for 85 percent of the blood collected. Established in 1958 by Dr. Carl Nelson under the sponsorship of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine, MEDIC is an accredited member of AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) and a member of America’s Blood Centers. For more information, go to

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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