MEDIC Regional Blood Center is Parrot Head Week is Underway!

Continued National Blood Shortage

MEDIC Regional Blood Center’s, annual Parrot Head Week Festivities are now underway through May 28th.

This annual event is a great way to give back to the community, earn a great shirt and goodies, and start the unofficial kickoff to summer.  

The blood supply continues to deteriorate, and other blood centers do not have enough to export to MEDIC. It is imperative they collect enough locally to stabilize our inventory.

As a reminder, the blood, platelets, and plasma products on the shelves now is what would be used in a trauma event and it takes at least three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.   

Masks are now voluntary at MEDIC donor centers and on mobile buses. 

All donors will receive:

  • Special edition t-shirt
  • $5 Salsarita’s coupon
  • Texas Roadhouse coupon
  • Chance to win daily prizes (one winner per day)
  • Chance to win a 2-night weeknight stay at Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge
  • MEDIC staff will be grilling cheeseburgers for donors at the Ailor Avenue and Farragut donor centers on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Appointments are preferred. Appointments can be made online at

MEDIC Regional Blood Center has an immediate, critical need for:
O Positive Blood Type
O Negative Blood Type

ALL MEDIC Regional Blood Center Donor Centers and Community Drives:
Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue
Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike
Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 104
Crossville – 96 Hayes Street, Suite 204

Location Hours, directions, and Mobile Blood Drive List:

MEDIC is an independent, nonprofit organization. Products donated through MEDIC truly help community members in East TN and Southeastern Kentucky.

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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