MEDIC issues critical need for O+, O-, A+, A

MEDIC Regional Blood Center says it is experiencing a critical need for blood types O-Postive, O-Negative, A-Positive, and A-Negative. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to stop by one of MEDIC’s four fixed-site Donor Centers (Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue…Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike…Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue…Crossville – 79 S. Main Street), locations and hours of, and directions to which can be found online at www.medicblood.org.

MEDIC is requiring donors at community drives, including mobile buses, churches, businesses or other community organizations, to wear a mask or face covering. If a donor does not have a mask or face covering, MEDIC will provide one. MEDIC is strongly encouraging donors who give at donor centers to wear a mask or face covering.

MEDIC is allowing walk-in donors. Appointments can be made online at www.medicblood.org using the donate link. Appointments can also be made by calling 865-524-3074.

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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