Knox Co Man Nominated for National Award


A local Knox County man, Nathaniel Messer, has been nominated by KCEOC for the National Sargent Shriver Achievement Award.

Named in honor of Sargent Shriver, the first Office of Economic Opportunity Director, this award was established in 1995 to recognize and honor the accomplishments of individuals who, with the assistance of a Community Action Agency, have changed their lives by achieving economic stability, self-sufficiency and independence and then have gone on to help others turn their hopes into reality by improving their communities through advocacy, volunteerism, public service, or some other vehicle.

Messer participated in KCEOC’s Kentucky Career Center Jobsight Dislocated Worker Program. He received help with his resume, interview skills, how to properly fill out applications, and gaining the needed confidence. Also, the program had funds to pay for Messer to obtain his CDL’s. As a result Messer received a job with the State Road Department.

If he is selected for the award he will be flown to San Francisco, California. He will be featured in a two minute video, be presented with the award during the conference Awards Gala, be provided a complimentary hotel room, and convention registration.

Messer continues to give back to his community in many ways through his church, his job, and his service to his country. He stands strong in his faith, and knows he will have a bright future. You can read his full story at