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Frozen yogurt shop employees with disabilities serving up positivity and dessert

It's National Frozen Yogurt Day.

If you pop in Menchie's for a sweet treat you can't miss Jessie Atkins.

He greets customers and runs the cash register counting money at the store off Northshore in West Knoxville.

Jessie is one of several employees with special needs who work at the store.

It's an initiative that started roughly three years ago.

Jessie's at the point now he knows how to open the store almost entirely by himself on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Coming to work is one thing he says he likes almost as much as yogurt.

"I love to take machines apart, and I love to make noise with the chairs. I love to eat yogurt," he said.

Atkins and his fellow employees were especially busy on Tuesday because February 6 is National Frozen Yogurt Day.

Atkins said his favorite flavor is vanilla snow.