Judge: Mosque Cannot Open During Appeal

Chancellor Robert Corlew refused Monday to suspend an order that blocks the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro from getting a certificate of occupancy, The Daily Herald reports. Corlew turned down county attorneys who wanted him to put his injunction on hold and allow the mosque to be used while they appeal the order to a higher court. The fix, Corlew says, would be to have another planning commission meeting to approve the project. Corlew issued the injunction in mid-June after ruling that county officials did not provide sufficient public notice for a May 2010 meeting where the mosque’s construction plans were approved. The county has argued that it treated that meeting like any other and has appealed Corlew’s ruling to the Tennessee Court of Appeals. WPLN has more