business briefs

• Nicole Ferguson recently joined Summit Medical Group as a physician assistant at Summit Express Clinic, 10820 Kingston Pike, Suite 11, Farragut. She received her undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2016. She earned a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies in 2018 and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Prior to joining Summit, she worked as a PA with Tennessee Othopaedic Clinics.

• Niki Vines recently was hired as director of safety for Tranzonic Corporation, a national manufacturing firm with its largest facility in Knoxville. Vines is responsible for safety at Tranzonic facilities in Tennessee, California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada and Ohio. She resides and is based in Knoxville.

• Brittany Ashin recently joined EXIT Atomic Realty, 140 W. Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge.

• Court Appointed Special Advocate of East Tennessee recently announced CASA volunteer Stella Barrett has been selected as the 2020 Governor’s Stars Awards Adult Honoree for Knox County. GVSA is an initiative from Volunteer Tennessee, which seeks to recognize outstanding volunteers from each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The awards were scheduled to be held virtually Monday, Feb. 8.

• Grant Padley recently was promoted to UScellular’s retail sales manager for the East Tennessee area. Padley has been with UScellular for 13 years, and in his new role will lead the wireless carrier’s team of stores across the area.

• East Tennessee Community Design Center recently was presented with an official proclamation from the Tennessee Senate by state Sens. Becky Duncan Massey (R-District 6) and Dr. Richard M. Briggs (R-District 7) recognizing the firm and its work during the past 50 years. City of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon also publicly recognized ETCDC and its 50 years of service to non-profits and community groups.