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Murfreesboro mosque construction notice proper, TN court says

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Nearly a year after the opening of a mosque that drew strong reactions from many corners of the community, there is some vindication for Rutherford County officials who were in the middle of its planning phase.

A Tennessee Appeals Court has ruled that the county provided the proper amount of public notice before approving the mosque's construction on Veals Road off Bradyville Pike in Murfreesboro.

That reverses a previous decision by Rutherford County Chancery Court Chancellor Robert Corlew, which said the action of the planning commission at its May 24, 2010, meeting should be void, because lack of public notice was given.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro opened in August 2012.

"This county is our home, and it's the best place to live in and raise a family in, so I hope that everybody will realize this and come together as a family and will come together, building bridges," said ICM board member Saleh Sbenaty.

Attorney Joe Brandon, who represents those who opposed construction of the mosque, says he plans to continue his appeals.

"They basically blamed their opinion on the legislature, so if the legislature had wanted the people to have more notice they should have come up with some clearer laws," Brandon said.

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