MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- There was some name calling inside a Rutherford County courtroom as debate continues over a high-profile lawsuit involving one of the most controversial issues in Middle Tennessee.
At stake? Plans for the new Islamic Center in Murfreesboro.
The parking lot is now paved at the site of the proposed facility on Veals Road. That is the final step before they begin construction.
But those hoping to stop the project again argued in court the county failed to give the public proper notice of the project before approving it. They also argued the county did not investigate if the new mosque could be a front for a terrorist training facility. Attorney Joe Brandon compared the county attorney to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.
County attorneys said Brandon's argument is not based in fact or evidence, and they insist the county followed the law in legally approving the mosque project. Chancellor Robert Corlew continues to allow the project to move forward.
Also, newly-revised sketches show what the mosque facility will look like when completed.
Construction of the first phase of the 52,000 square foot project is expected to begin next month.