Imam Bahloul, Islamic Center of Murfreesboro
Source: Daily New Journal
This morning, Rutherford County Court Chancellor Robert E. Corlew, III issued a response to the Writ of Mandamus filed by Plaintiffs on June 6th and heard on June 13th. Those legal actions were triggered by Corlew’s June 1st ruling that inadequate notice was provided the County’s citizens before the hearing of May 24, 2010 of the Regional Planning Commission approved the mega-mosque for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM). The June 1st ruling by Chancellor Corlew followed hearings on this issue in April 2012. Effectively, the ruling today prevented the County from issuing a certificate of occupancy for the first phase of the expanded ICM of over 12,500 square feet until all appeals by the plaintiffs under the Tennessee Open Meetings Act are concluded. That may well prevent the new Mosque located at 2700 Veals Road from being opened at this time prior to the onset of the Islamic religious period of Ramadan that begins on July 20th. Chancellor Corlew had directed the County to re-open hearings on the Mosque Approval based on notifications that met the standards of the Open Meetings Act.