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Groundbreaking For New Mosque On Wednesday

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - After months of waiting and wondering, the construction is about to begin on one of the mid-state's most controversial projects.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro cleared a final hurdle by find contractor to build a new mosque in Rutherford county.

This comes just weeks after the latest threat, called in on the tenth anniversary of September 11th, threatening to blow up the Islamic Center.

The ATF is still investigating the firebombing of some heavy equipment at the site last year.

Imam Osama said the construction site will have 24 hour patrols and video surveillance.

"Hopefully no one will try anything crazy, but we have security and everything will be recorded," said the Imam.

Imam Osama invited the public to attend the official groundbreaking on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

"We don't have any bad feelings against people in the opposition. I hope by now they get to know us and they realize we are all members of this wonderful family in the city," he said.

The site is at the corner of Veals Road and Bradyville Pike. Officials with the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro want to complete around 1,200 square feet of the nearly 53,000-square-foot project.

The whole will include a pool, gym and even a school for the roughly 250 Islamic families living in Rutherford County.

The first phase of construction involves only the new Islamic Center and mosque. The Imam expects work to be completed by this time next year.

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