Opponents of a mosque being built in Tennessee got the government decision that approved it overturned Friday, but they lost their bid to stop construction immediately. Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew states in a written order released in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro that the approval is void because it was taken in violation of the Tennessee’s Open Meetings Act. He ruled earlier this week that the county didn’t give the public adequate notice of what has become a contentious issue.
Construction is continuing on a new mosque outside of Murfreesboro as attorneys debate the import of a judge's ruling that voided approval of the site plan. Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew issued that ruling on Tuesday, saying that there was insufficient public notice of the meeting where the site plan was approved.
A judge in Tennessee ruled Tuesday that the public wasn't properly notified about a meeting where local officials approved the plan for a proposed mosque, meaning construction of the disputed project will be stopped.