Blood Assurance Issues Emergency Appeal For All Blood Types

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Blood Assurance, the Chattanooga based regional blood center, has issued an emergency appeal for all blood types.  This appeal is due to the current weather conditions which have forced many blood drives to be cancelled across Blood Assurance's five state service area.   Business and school closings have added to an already short supply of blood from the last weather storm's closings. 

Blood Assurance is asking all eligible blood donors who can safely make it to one of the 13 blood centers to do so.  At this time, all Blood Assurance centers will be open regular hours beginning Thursday, with the exception of the Cartersville and Rome, Ga. locations which will open at 10 a.m.  

Visit www.bloodassurance.org for a listing of the Blood Assurance locations and for additional information on delays or closings, or call 756-0966 or 800.962-0628.


Free Smoking Cessation Courses Begin In October

More than 16 million Americans live with a disease caused by smoking, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It also reports one in four adults still use tobacco products, at least occasionally.  The American Lung Association lists smoking as the leading cause of preventable death.   CHI Memorial’s Rees Skillern Cancer Institute offers a ... (click for more)

BlueCross Plans Earn 4-Star Quality Rating For 2016

Two BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee plans each earned an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars for 2016 from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an accrediting body for health insurance plans. "The star ratings, debuted by NCQA in 2015, are designed to help consumers understand how well a health insurance plan supports its members in getting recommended care. With ... (click for more)

Ironman World Champion Wins At Chattanooga

Marino Vanhoenacker, holder of the world record Ironman time, eclipsed the field of over 2,400 athletes on a "brutally hot" day in Chattanooga on Sunday. The 40-year-old Belgian who has won 15 Ironman titles was far ahead of the rest of the pack at the finish line on Riverfront Parkway at Ross's Landing. He was over seven minutes ahead of the field and at times had even a bigger ... (click for more)

Woodbury, Tn., Man Charged With Murdering His Brother

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Cannon County man for the murder of his brother.                                 ... (click for more)

Patrol Cars Donation To Kevin Muhammad's Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanks A Lot For Nothing

Somebody should have gotten an award last Tuesday when a 90-minute “education summit” involving our school leaders, politicians and media produced absolutely nothing. Zilch. Zero. Oh, there are a number of candidates we could give an award for “nothing,” both in our school district and on its fringes. Yet to find Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen brought her high-and-mighty ... (click for more)