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March 3, 2013

Market Square gets three-inch blanket of dog hair

Downtown Knoxville's Market Square received upwards of three inches of dog hair that fell Saturday during the sixth annual Mardi Growl festival and parade. The tufts of fur, windblown in some areas, tapered off Saturday evening, with no more shedding expected until next year's festival, according to the National Weather Service. Supervisor for the City of Knoxville's Street Maintenance Department Tom Cormoni said the city was prepared to work through Sunday to sweep up the excessive shedding. "We started sending our brooms out at 11:00 a.m. yesterday," he said said. "Market Square and Gay St. were well-covered by about 2 p.m. and many spots were very slippery. If you're going to be out today, watch your step. We've had reports of doggie droppings in some places. And make sure you bring a lint brush if you're wearing black pants. Static is no joke."

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