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Blood drives slated in OS, Harriman

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Medic Regional Blood Center is giving Roane County donors two opportunities to give blood at upcoming community drives.

A Medic mobile unit will be at Oliver Springs Food City from noon to 6 p.m. April 18.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Harriman will be the site of the second drive, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21.

Medic also has two donor centers that are open for public convenience. The donor centers are at 1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville, and at 11000 Kingston Pike, Farragut.

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Anyone age 16 can be a donor with parental consent. They must weigh at least 120 pounds.

All donors will be asked to present identification.

Donors will receive a free T-shirt, a coupon for a free appetizer and a year’s membership toward Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program. 

The program exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood-collection and blood-processing fees at any U.S. hospital if a transfusion is needed.