business briefs

• Weichert, Realtors - Advantage Plus in Knoxville announced J Corbitt, Terry Patton and Marilyn Varnes recently were named the top agents in the office for January. Corbitt was named the overall Top Agent of the Month while Patton and Varnes were named the Top Selling and Top Listing agents, respectively.

• 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 Knox-area stores.

• BarberMcMurry Architects designers Trey McMillon, AIA, and Tayler Johnston, NCIDQ, recently earned their licensure in architecture and interior design, respectively.

Johnston joined the firm in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior architecture from the University of Tennessee. She also is a WELL-accredited professional, which is a sustainable design framework for improving health and human experience.

McMillon is a licensed architect in Tennessee. He joined the firm in 2019 with a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is interested in urban planning and community design.

• Dustin Coffey, former director of operations with Master Services, recently took over as general manager in Knoxville. He has more than eight years of experience in the construction and maintenance fields, has held multiple leadership positions within Master Services and is certified in basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, concrete leveling and foundation repair. Coffey replaces Josh Sulfridge, who moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to establish a new basement, waterproofing, crawl space repair, concrete leveling and foundation repair operation within the company. Jason Nelson, who has been with the company for more than six years and has 18 years of experience in residential and commercial construction, was named new director of operations.

• 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.

• As development engineers at Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Jason Steward and Jonathan Peak of Knoxville recently “created a corrosion protective coating for reactor components for a high-priority White Sands Missile Range project,” a Y-12 press release stated. “When a tight delivery schedule ruled out other methods, Steward and Peak took a creative look at the past” … bringing back “a technology that had not been used at Y-12 on reactor components since the 1960s.”