Manchester Coffee County Conference Earns Tennessee Employment First Inclusive Employer Award

MCCCC is honored to be named a 2023 Tennessee Employment First Inclusive Employer Award Recipient. This recognition from the Tennessee Department of Human Resources recognizes agencies dedicated to the recruitment, hiring, advancement, and retention of people with disabilities.

MCCCC Leadership staff built a program for students and adults with disabilities in 2017. This program continues to grow and has included justice-served individuals and a place to do court-ordered/ Tennessee Promise community service hours. The Leadership Staff of MCCCC has completed courses like Windmills, Smart Talent Systems, and Work-Place Etiquette for employees with disabilities. Partnering with the local Vocational Rehabilitation Training Center and CCHS, The Center has helped many people gain valuable work skills over the years. This partnership is a means to bridge the workforce gap in Hospitality. The Hospitality sector as a whole has had difficulty rebounding post covid in its labor force.

“This program is important to our local and regional workforce. Having a job for financial independence and social interactions is profoundly important for mental health and quality of life. Often I feel there is still more work to be accomplished, but upon receiving this award, we realize at MCCCC we connected silos and created a full circle approach to many State initiatives.”- General Manager Rebecca Bordenet-French- State Rehabilitation Council member since 2019.

Learn more about Employment First and finding integrated and competitive employment for people with disabilities here:

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,932 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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