Mosque opponents sue to stop construction

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Opponents of a new mosque in Murfreesboro are asking for a temporary restraining order to stop construction at the site.

The complaint filed in Rutherford County Chancery Court late Thursday names numerous county officials as defendants. It claims they violated state law by not providing adequate notice of the meeting where the mosque was approved.

The complaint also claims that a burial at the site should have been the subject of a public meeting.

County Attorney Jim Cope said he believes the notice given for the meeting meets the requirements of the law. He said private burials in Tennessee are not regulated.

Members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro say they need the new facility because they have outgrown their rented space in an industrial park.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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