The clock tower at Cambridge Square development faces U.S. Highway 11, just west of The Honors Course in Ooltewah. / Staff photo by Tim Barber

Ooltewah resident Brenda Flores-Lopez will open a boutique flower shop at Cambridge Square in the first quarter of this year, becoming the 37th business owner to launch a venture within the Ooltewah development since ground was broke for Cambridge Square in 2013.

Valley Flowers will be located on the public square at Cambridge, in a recently constructed 12,000 square foot, two story building next to 1885's second Chattanooga location, still under construction, and the butcher shop and deli concept, Spek Artisan Meats. Valley Flowers will specialize in premium floral services for all of life's occasions with signature designs and gift baskets for individuals and businesses. The boutique will feature a unique line of gifts, decor, and an Interactive Flower Bar for customized designs and to-go bouquets.

"Mrs. Flores-Lopez represents the type of small business owner we love to see at Cambridge Square," said Jim Cheney, who handles marketing and leasing for Cambridge Square. "She has identified a need and she has the entrepreneurial spirit to make it a success. Every neighborhood should have a great flower shop and we are excited that Valley Flowers will be filling that role for Cambridge Square."


Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce94th meeting set

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce will outline its vision for the new year and award its annual M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award at the Chamber's 94th annual meeting on Jan. 28 at Life Care Centers of America Professional Development Center at 3570 Keith St.

Doors open with networking at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, annual meeting ceremonies and presentation of awards.

Outgoing Chamber Board Chair Kimberly Casteel, USA Mortgage, Inc., will highlight the 2019 program year and recognize volunteers for leadership service. The 2020 incoming Chair Mike Thomasson, Andrew Johnson Bank, will introduce the Chamber's 2020 focus and incoming leadership.

To purchase tickets, call the Chamber office at (423) 472-6587 or register through the Community Events Calendar at by Jan. 22.


U.S. limits AI on satellite images

U.S. technology companies that build artificial intelligence software for analyzing satellite imagery will face new restrictions on exporting their products to China and elsewhere.

The Commerce Department said new export rules target emerging technology that could give the U.S. a significant military or intelligence advantage. A special license would be required to sell software outside the U.S. that can automatically scan aerial images to identify objects of interest, such as vehicles or houses.

The rules could affect a growing sector of the tech industry using algorithms to analyze satellite images of crops, trade patterns and other changes affecting the economy or environment.

The new export rules are the result of Congress passing a law in 2018 that updated national security-related export controls to protect "emerging and foundational" technology that could end up in the hands of foreign governments.


Checklist of fixes grows for 7377 Max

The list of items Boeing could be forced to fix before federal safety officials let the grounded 737 Max airliner fly again has grown to include a problem with electrical wiring used for the plane's controls.

The wiring issue came to light after the Federal Aviation Administration asked Boeing to audit key systems on the Max after two crashes in which new software and faulty sensors were implicated. During that review of changes Boeing is making to the plane, Boeing discovered that bundles of electrical wiring were too close together and — at least in theory — raised the potential for a short circuit that could cause pilots to lose control of the plane.