business briefs

• Tim Eason and Robin James have joined the team of real estate professionals at EXIT Real Estate Professionals in Farragut.

• Realtors Travis Norris, Katy Berry and Natalie Saunders have joined the office of Weichert, Realtors – Advantage Plus in West Knoxville and will be assisting homebuyers and sellers in Knoxville and surrounding areas with their real estate needs

• Farragut native Bryan Bentley has joined Mountain Commerce Bank as vice president and portfolio specialist at its Bearden headquarters location, and Kelsey Innes of Knoxville has joined as assistant vice president and branch manager of the bank’s Bearden location.

• University of Tennessee has ranked 44th in 2020 U.S. News and World Report undergraduate rankings among all public universities and 104th nationally. The Haslam College of Business ranked 31st and Tickle College of Engineering ranked 37th among all public universities.

• SONIC’s team at 9102 Highway 20 in Summertown has been recognized as the best drive-in in the nation, taking home the championship title and gold medals in SONIC’s annual premier competition training program, the Dr. Pepper SONIC games. At that same competition, the Knoxville crew at 1865 N. Zaragosa Road earned silver medals. These teams competed against 10 other teams from across the country at the 2019 SONIC National Convention in Austin, Texas.

• King University, with a campus along Hardin Valley Road, has been named among the “Best Regional Universities” in the South by U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best College Rankings.