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Show Volunteer spirit in the Battle of Orange, Blue blood drive

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Roane Countians have three area opportunities to show their true Volunteer spirit by giving blood during Medic Regional Blood Center’s annual Battle of the Orange and Blue blood drive competition starting today, Monday.

The annual event pits fans of the University of Tennessee Vols against fans of the University of Kentucky Wildcats; the side collecting the most blood donations for the week is the winner.  

The competition runs Nov. 15-19, and things kick off with two blood drive in Roane County from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Medic mobile units will conduct blood drives at Oliver Springs Food City and Harriman Lowe’s.

Another Roane County blood drive during the competition will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

Tennessee fans have dominated this competition the last few years and is going for the eighth victory in a row.

During the history of this contest, Tennessee fans have won the traveling trophy 12 times to Kentucky’s nine; the two sides tied once back in 1991.  

“The tie 1991 just blew us away; however, we have never forgotten that every single donation helps guarantee a victory for the Big Orange,” said Medic spokeswoman Christi Fightmaster.

Last year’s score was 3,440 to 3,364 — one of the closest years yet.  

And, according to reports from Wildcat fans, Kentucky is coming at this competition hard this year!   

This year’s goal for UT supporters is 3,500 pints of blood over the week competition.

All donors will receive a limited edition game day T-shirt and coupons for a free pint of ice cream and a treat from an area eatery.   

This contest was initiated in 1988 by Medic and Kentucky Blood Center to insure that both communities would have an adequate supply of blood going into the holiday season.  

This is a time when shortages are common because donations traditionally decrease yet the need for blood can actually increase during this time of year due to increase in activity, Fightmaster said.