Rutherford County

Regional
3:37 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Judge Rules Tennessee Mosque Opponents Can Contest Case

A federal judge in Nashville will allow opponents of a Murfreesboro mosque to have a say in the religious freedom case involving the building. Judge Kevin Sharp on Wednesday ruled that the group of neighbors has a legitimate interest in the case.

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Regional
7:48 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Tennessee Mosque Receives Occupancy Permit

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has received its final approval after a nearly two-year legal battle to prevent it from opening. Islamic Center board chairman Essam Fathy said he was relieved and happy the mosque has its permanent occupancy permit.

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Regional
10:10 am
Fri August 10, 2012

After Long Legal Battle, A Tennesse Mosque is Open for Worship

It's finally opening day for a Tennessee mosque after opponents waged a two-year court battle trying to stop it. Leaders of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro say they intend to hold midday prayers in the new building Friday.

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Regional
4:17 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Date Set for Opening of New Tennessee Islamic Center

A new mosque in Tennessee that had been the subject of a lawsuit, arson, vandalism and a bomb threat will open for prayers for the first time on Friday. Islamic Center of Murfreesboro board member Saleh Sbenaty said Tuesday that Rutherford County officials issued a temporary occupancy permit that will allow use of the building while the final permit is pending.

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Regional
10:45 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Tennessee Mosque Undergoing Final Inspections, Could Open by End of Ramadan

****Updated 2:04pm****Islamic Center of Murfreesboro Board Chairman Essam Fathy on Tuesday said inspectors had approved the building and it's expected to open for prayers on Friday.

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An occupancy permit could be granted Tuesday for a Tennessee mosque that’s been at the center of controversy. A final inspection was scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, and congregation leaders say they hope to hold their first prayers in the new facility this week.

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Regional
10:58 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Tennessee Mosque Foes File New Challenge to Facility

Opponents of a Tennessee mosque are trying to challenge a federal court ruling that overturned their victory in a local court. Plaintiffs have filed a motion against the mosque, the county’s zoning resolution, and the local government.

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Regional
6:00 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Tennessee Judge Planned to Halt Construction of Mosque

A Tennessee judge says 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.

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Regional
2:53 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Tennessee Muslims Won't Be in New Mosque for Start of Ramadan

Tennessee Muslims who won a court battle to occupy their new mosque will have to wait a little longer while construction is finished. Construction supervisor David Salimi said a codes inspector visited the site near Murfreesboro Thursday morning but that it will take about two more weeks of work to be ready.

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Regional
9:44 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Update: Tennessee Mosque Could Get OK to Open Today

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, as seen earlier this month.

A team of Rutherford County, Tennessee building code inspectors has been inside a Murfreesboro mosque today. That move is part of the process for granting the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro a certificate of occupancy, which was ordered yesterday by a U.S. District Court judge in Nashville.

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Regional
5:56 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Tennessee Mosque Ordered Open by Judge

A federal judge has ordered a Tennessee county to move ahead with opening a Muslim congregation's newly built mosque after a two year fight by opponents. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro sued Rutherford County Wednesday and asked District Judge Todd Campbell for an emergency order to let worshippers into the building before the holy month of Ramadan starts at sundown Thursday.

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