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Testimony Concluded In Murfreesboro Mosque Suit

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -An attorney for opponents of a Murfreesboro mosque said in closing arguments that interested members of the public were not able to attend the meeting where the facility was approved because they didn't know about it.

The trial concluded around 4 p.m. Thursday, but no verdict was offered. Officials said that the chancellor would provide a written ruling within twenty-four hours.

Mosque opponents suing Rutherford County want the meeting voided and the approval rescinded.

They have repeatedly claimed the mosque is a threat, but the case is now limited to issues surrounding Tennessee's Open Meetings Act. That law requires meeting notice without defining what is adequate.

In court Thursday, marketing consultant Frank Biglow suggested that the best way to advertise meetings would be through multiple newspapers, radio and even television.

Biglow, who works with commercial clients, also said he does not know whether any governments advertise meetings that way.

And he said he has "no opinion" whether Rutherford County's advertisements in the Murfreesboro Post are sufficient under the law.

In 2010, planning commissioners approved the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro's construction plans to build a 52,960 square foot building with a mosque on Veals Road.

Construction began in February of this year, and the first phase is expected to be complete by July. The new mosque will replace a smaller, existing one.

When complete, the $1.8 million project will include a pool, gymnasium, school and places for prayer. It will host 250 families, and teach 300 students in an Islamic school.

Amid legal battles and protests to stop construction, someone set fire to equipment on the mosque site and mosque officials received threatening phone calls.

The proposed mosque is one of a few Muslim projects that hit a swell of conservative opposition around the same time as the controversy over a plan to build a Muslim community center near New York's ground zero.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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