The Weekly Plan-It: Thursday, Aug. 16-Tuesday, Aug. 21

Highlights of the week ahead

Thursday, Aug. 16

TVA Board of Directors Meeting—Knoxville

8:30 a.m., TVA West Tower Auditorium (400 W. Summit Hill Dr.).

If you've got something on your mind for the TVA Board of Directors to hear, the "Public Listening Session" that begins their meeting is your chance. Either sign up in person no later than 8:15 a.m., or sign up in advance at The Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club and Scenic Knoxville will both be presenting resolutions about TVA's clear-cutting policy.

Downtown Knoxville Town Hall Meeting

6-9 p.m., Knoxville Chamber, Market House Room (17 Market Square).

The Market Square District Association is hosting this public discussion of downtown's future. What's going to happen?!

Saturday, Aug. 18

East Tennessee History Fair

10 a.m.-5 p.m., East Tennessee History Center. Free.

A day-long celebration of our region's history, including museum tours, kids' events, and tours of historic sites downtown. Plus, the East Tennessee Film Festival at the Bijou Theatre (noon-4 p.m.), featuring The Lost Films of Walther Barth, Picturing the Smokies, and This is Cas Walker!

Smokin' Day Fest

2:30-9 p.m., Sweet P's Barbecue and Soul House (3725 Maryville Pike).

Ahhhh, barbecue and blues—a great combination. The annual festival features Slow Blind Hill Jr., Big Jon & the Nationals, Chuck Beattie, and the Patrick Sweany Band. Dig into the pig roast for $15.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

TVA Ash Spill: Phase 3 Removal

5:30-7 p.m., Roane County High School auditorium (540 West Cumberland St., Kingston)

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public meeting to discuss alternatives in how to remove the 500,000 cubic yards of ash remaining in the river system (roughly 3.5 million cubic yards have been dredged from the Emory River and East Embayment). Find more info at