Mmm, fresh asphalt

Couple of interesting reads from this week.

I’m surprised that the USPS is still in business…
Is Amazon Plotting an Air War on FedEx? – Don Reisinger – Fortune

What’s the future of the 30-second TV commercial?
Why Ruby Tuesday is putting all its chips on social marketing – Yuyu Chen

Sorry if I don’t pick up the phone some times!
The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now – Tim Ferriss

Yeah but AMC+Carmike still won’t be as awesome as Knoxville based Regal.
U.S. Movie Theater Chains Consolidating Almost as Fast as CRE Brokerage Firms – Tim Trainor – Costar

Get ready for big changes in student housing at UTK.
Student Housing | As off-campus housing changes communities, asset-rich investors vie for the best properties – Sara Patterson – CIRE

Photo: Knoxville friends, the driveway is finally fixed!

/now, How is your commute going to change?

/now – If you’re interested in what I’m focused on these days check out my new “now” page, I plan on updating every once and a while. NowNowNow is an initiative of Derek Sivers and is pretty cool, learn more about it here:

Transportation is going to be changing quick –  The Commute of the Future? Ford Is Working on It

Laundry detergent, who would have guessed? Amazon Helped Make This One of the Fastest-Growing E-Commerce Categories Last Year

This is hilarious – Peyton Manning Talks to Brother Eli’s Super Bowl Sad Face

Incredible zero gravity video – OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out

Absolutely correct – Good Property Managers Can Prosper Whatever the Cycle

That’s me on a billboard on Kingston Pike near Harper Audi. That photo was taken a couple hours earlier after early voting. Who says digital billboards aren’t cool?

2,000+ Great Things Happening in Knoxville

Skyline of Knoxville from UT ccampus

Sunrise in Knoxville Tennessee and skyline

Concrete is Surprisingly Awesome

Gimlet Media, who produced the fantastic podcast, Startup has another hit in the making, Surprisingly Awesome. The latest episode, Concrete, is pretty awesome and should be relevant to the Knoxville area since we’ve got a bunch of limestone quarries which is the primary ingredient in cement.

What I’m Reading

I recently bought “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What Do in Life and  Business” by Charles Duhigg and so far it is a great read. If you are trying to transform anything (personal life, business, family, etc.) look at your habits first to get the ball rolling.

Quick Count of New Job Announcements

Over the past month or so, we have had a deluge of job announcements. I’ve rounded up what I could find and I came up with 1,941 new jobs. This number doesn’t include all of the restaurant openings and other announcements that didn’t have an actual count so I rounded up to 2,000+.

Pretty sure that the kayak manufacturer is the opening act… Kayak manufacturer to be at jobs announcement – Gerald Witt – Knoxville News Sentinel

General Graphene is going to do GREAT things! – Oak Ridge startup General Graphene nets $8.7M financing round – Shelley Kimel – Knoxville News Sentinel

605 New Jobs in Blount County – AMI development to be two phases – The Daily Times

400 Jobs in Loudon County – Truck manufacturer adding at least 400 jobs in Loudon County – WBIR Staff – WBIR

500 Jobs in Blount County – DENSO receiving land, tax abatement for expansion – The Daily Times

100 Jobs in Knox County – Travel Channel moving HQ to Knoxville – Shelley Kimel – Knoxville News Sentinel

228 Jobs in Blount County – Kroger Marketplace is “an experience” – The Daily Times

70 Jobs in Knoxville – Gov. Haslam Announces Regal Move to South Knox – Clay Duda – Knox Mercury

Super Weigel’s at Kingston Pike and Welsley Road is Open – Weigel’s opens new Knoxville store as convenience chain continues its growth – G. Chambers Williams III – Knoxville News Sentinel

Memphis’ Third Best Contribution to Tennessee (only behind the music and FedEx) – Gus’s Fried Chicken aims for Knoxville opening in early 2016 – Shelley Kimel – Knoxville News Sentinel

Anchor Tenant, Big Brothers, Big Sisters has moved in to Regas Building – Regas Building renovated to house nonprofits, cafe – Ed Marcum – Knoxville News Sentinel

Nice work John Haney at NAI Knoxville! – Upscale Rosarito’s Mexican Cantina opens on Lovell Road – G. Chambers Williams III – Knoxville News Sentinel

There you go Chad Ridner, now quit stalking me! (inside joke) – Knox company wins Intuit honor as the national “Firm of the Future” – Ali James – Knoxville News Sentinel

Couple of good quotes from yours truly – Knoxville commercial real estate strong, could soon feel pinch – Shelley Kimel – Knoxville News Sentinel

Looking forward to checking this out on our next date night! Oliver Royale opens with ‘New American’ menu, art deco vibe – Mary Constantine – Knoxville News Sentinel

38 Jobs in Cocke County – Log home manufacturer adding 38 jobs in Cocke County expansion – Shelley Kimel – Knoxville News Sentinel

Thanks to Boyd’s, the Old City is about to go through the roof – Chef Tim Love to bring Love Shack and Lonesome Dove Western Bistro to Knoxville – Mary Constantine – Knoxville News Sentinel

Three Tools to Help with Habits (and One Habit You Can Start Today)

What is one habit that would make you happier and more successful?
Here are four things that can help you get started:
Is the commercial real estate industry ready for how business is changing?

Bob Whetsel on Downtown, Cumberland Avenue and Retirement – Our own Josh Flory interviewed Bob on his recent retirement as the City of Knoxville’s Director of Redevelopment.

Commercial Real Estate News and Other Interesting Reading

James Beard Award-winner Joseph Lenn to open downtown Knoxville restaurant – Mary Constantine, Knoxville News Sentinel

The causes and consequences of China’s market crash – The Economist

Job Numbers: ‘Solid Foundation’ for Rate Hike – Paul Bubny, GlobeSt

‘Why I can’t get a mortgage’ – Stephen Moore, Washington Times

Where apartment construction is hottest – Diana Olick, CNBC

Estoppels – Why? What? How A Red Light Becomes A Green Light – Ira Meislik, Retail Real Estate Law Ruminations

Chinese company opening U.S. headquarters in Knoxville – Ed Marcum, Knoxville News Sentinel