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County Judge Nearly Stopped Mosque Building

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - A Tennessee judge said a federal court ruling for a Muslim congregation fighting to open its new mosque short-circuited his intention to stop construction.

The Associated Press obtained orders filed Friday by Chancellor Robert Corlew in Murfreesboro. Corlew wrote that he was preparing to order the county to stop mosque construction but the federal ruling superseded him. Corlew also stayed all his decisions in the two-year-old case.

Corlew had nullified the county's approval to build the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after finding there was inadequate public notice of a controversial issue. He also ordered the county not to allow the mosque to open.

The mosque and federal prosecutors persuaded a federal judge Wednesday to intervene and clear the way for the mosque to open before Ramadan ends.

Leaders of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro said Rutherford County Codes Director David Jones came to the property Thursday morning, without scheduling a time to meet them.

They said despite Wednesday's victory in federal court, there is still work to be done before they could pass an occupancy inspection.

That inspection could happen in the coming weeks, which would allow them to finally move-in.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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