The Weekly Plan-It: June 21-June 27

Highlights of the week ahead

Thursday, June 20

Alcoa Highway Public Meeting

5 p.m., Sevier Heights Baptist Church (3232 Alcoa Highway)

TDOT is holding this meeting to discuss Alcoa Highway's infamous safety issues and plans for addressing them. The findings of an environmental review will be presented, along with TDOT's "build option," which would widen the highway to three lanes in each direction and build or rebuild seven interchanges, among other measures.

Friday, June 21

Kuumba Festival Junkanu Parade

6 p.m., downtown. Free.

The 24th annual Kuumba Festival kicks into high gear with its Junkanu, featuring the Free Spirit Stilt Walkers and the Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Company. It will start on Cumberland Avenue and end at Market Square, where there will be an African Marketplace and a live concert featuring reggae band EVER-G and the Crew. The party continues Saturday at Chilhowee Park with American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and Grammy nominee Alvin Garrett (8-10 p.m.); and on Sunday there's "Gospel in the Park" (3-6 p.m.) and a Chilhowee Park concert (7:30-9 p.m.).

Saturday, June 22

Secret City Festival

All day, Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge celebrates its history with this 11th annual festival (beginning on Friday). On Saturday, there'll be World War II living history activities at AK Bissell Park (starting at 9 a.m.), Manhattan Project bus tours leaving from the American Museum of Science and Energy (starting at 9 a.m.; proof of U.S. citizenship required), and the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m.) through the once secret K-25 site. Plenty more activities can be found at

Monday, June 24

Knox County Commission

1:45 p.m., City County Building, Large Assembly Room.

Commissioner Amy Broyles' Equal Employment Opportunity ordinance—to include LGBT employee hiring—is up for consideration on first reading. See this week's cover story.

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