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POWELL | IN THIS ISSUE See Jake Mabe’s story on page A-9 Relay for Life Who says one person can’t change the world? Don’t tell that to Dr. Gordy Klatt. ➤ See Jake Mabe’s story on A-11 Fit for the Father Glenwood Baptist Church members and friends are getting fit for worship both mentally and physically. Music minister Emily Harbin and pastor Travis Henderson are leading Fit for the Father, which launched Jan. 10 at the church. ➤ Because some still insist Jon Gruden was available for the right price, the new-coach impact is not yet 100 percent absolutely positive but Butch Jones sure has generated exciting commentary. ➤ See Marvin West’s story on A-6 Two women at the well Wells were important meeting places in the Bible. They were necessary in that arid land for the life-giving water they stored, and they functioned much as town squares do today. Someone from every household in the village went to the well at least once a day. Lynn Hutton recounts two biblical encounters at the very same well, roughly 1,300 years apart. ➤ January 21, 2013 By Sandra Clark Dr. Sharon Startup is selling her practice at Beaverbrook Animal Hospital to Dr. Thom Haig of Powell Animal Hospital. Dr. Ashley Walker is already working at the Powell facility, located at 205 Star Mountain Way behind the Powell Branch Library. Haig, who purchased Powell Animal Hospital from founder Dr. Jim Sternberg in 2008, said the two clinics have been “good neighbors for about 300 years.” “We’re going to be one, big happy family,” Dr. Walker said. “It will mean the hospital can offer more doctors, more staff” and that “it’s a great thing for our clients and patients.” She joins Drs. Haig, Janell Peterson and Catherine Carr. Powell Animal Hospital will Drs. Ashley Walker and Thom Haig examine Bravo at the Powell Animal retain both phone numbers: 938- Hospital. Photo by Jake Mabe 1884 and 688-2921. Clinic hours In a letter, Dr. Startup said her clients and their pets. “I have are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays she will miss the connection with gotten to know your families and and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. your stories … each of you has touched my life in a very special way.” She is pursuing certification in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery and will be practicing in Farragut. “This specialty treats pets with maladies such as oral cancer, periodontal disease, jaw fractures, and broken teeth,” Startup wrote. “Often this pain goes undiagnosed because the pet doesn’t complain. Results have been amazing, and my work has been very rewarding. I feel compelled to continue this work.” She said the Beaverbrook staff will remain at Powell Animal Hospital, and that Dr. Haig is “highly skilled in the field of practice management.” Val Ellis is his hospital manager. The Beaverbrook facility, located on Emory Road near Dry Gap Pike, will be closed Feb. 1. The MUSE Knoxville See Cindy Taylor’s story on A-7 All about Jones Local animal clinics merge Miracle Maker ➤ | A great community newspaper VOL. 52 NO. 3 Christi Shields jokes that one reason she chose to become a kindergarten teacher was because she’d never have to grow up. Knox County Schools extended kindergarten to a full day this year. Previously, kindergarten students went home at 1 p.m. Shields says the move has gone well. By Wendy Smith One West Knoxville mom’s endeavor to provide an indoor play space for her kids may ultimately result in a regional children’s science museum that appeals to children and adults alike. Efforts to establish the MUSE (Museum of Understanding Science and Exploration of the arts) Knoxville began in 2010, and after hundreds of hours of research and community outreach, the vision for the facility continues to evolve. Ashley Klappholz moved from Clinton, Tenn., to Dallas while she was in high school. When she returned to East Tennessee as a young mom, she missed the numerous museums that catered to kids in Texas. So she, along with a partner, developed Sprout Studio, which opened in Downtown West in 2008. The 5,000-square-foot facility contained exhibits designed by MindSplash, an Illinois company that specializes in educational play spaces. It was open for over a year, and during an 11-month period, Sprout Studio had 70,000 visitors. But the space was too small, and since the economy had slowed, Klappholz couldn’t get a loan to expand. Sprout Studio closed, and the exhibits were sold to a Chicago museum. She took a break for a time, but a girlfriend who wrote grants encouraged After spending much of 2012 soliciting community input, Ellie Kittrell and Ashley Klappholz continue their efforts to bring a children’s science museum, MUSE Knoxville, to life. Their plans for the next few months include participation in STEM education events and the completion of an architectural plan for the museum. Photo by Wendy Smith her to consider creating a nonprofit museum. MindSplash creative director Becky Lindsay also encouraged Klappholz, who began visiting other children’s museums with friend and fellow mom Chelly Clayton. In 2011, after a poolside conversation with Klappholz, Ellie Kittrell joined the project. Kittrell’s career as a project manager before she had children made her professionally suited for the role as community outreach director for the MUSE. More on A-3 See Lynn’s story on page A-6 NEIGHBORHOOD BUZZ MLK holiday The Shopper-News offices will be closed today (Monday, Jan. 21) in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 4509 Doris Circle 37918 (865) 922-4136 NEWS Sandra Clark | Theresa Edwards ADVERTISING SALES Shannon Carey | Patty Fecco Jim Brannon | Tony Cranmore Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly at and distributed to 8,185 homes in Powell. Republicans movin’ and shakin’ By Anne Hart Knox County Republicans will elect a new party chair at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Central High School. Candidates Buddy Burkhardt, Ruthie Kuhlman and John Gabriel will speak at the Halls Republican Club at 7 p.m. today (Jan. 21). The meeting will be at the Halls Community Park (where early voting is held) since Charley’s Pizza has closed. Precinct committees reorganized last Thursday amid the season’s first snow. The party’s offices at the 640 Building on Broadway are relocating to 318 Nancy Lynn Lane, Suite 25, off Baum Drive in Bearden. Office manager Suzanne Dewar says the telephone number – 689-4671 – won’t change. Gabriel, Kuhlman and Burkhardt warmed up their routine last week at the West Knox Republican Club. The three have distinctly different backgrounds and styles, and each champions party growth, keeping the offices currently held by Republicans and adding to that number, and bet- Buddy Burkhardt, Ruthie Kuhlman and John Gabriel are vying to be Knox County Republican party chair. Photo by A. Hart ter communication between individual clubs and with party members in general. Kuhlman is president of the West Knox Club and introduced a proposed slate of officers that includes two newcomers to the club – Alexander Waters, a law student at UT who worked with the Romney campaign in East Tennessee last year, and Alex Roehl, an architect with the Cope firm who is active with the Young Republicans. The two represent a lot of hard work by Kuhlman, who recruited them as part of her goal to bring more young people into the party. Also at the meeting was Charme Knight, an attorney in the district attorney’s of f ice. She hasn’t Knight made the big, formal announcement yet, but Knight says she is running for the DA’s job when Randy Nichols’ term expires in 2014. He has said he won’t run for reelection. 2704 Mineral Springs Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917 Ph. (865) 687-4537 New Year, new you. $25 enrollment this month. Quality rehabilitation & fitness in a friendly and non-competitive environment P.C.C.A. 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