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Complaint Dismissed Challenging Islamic Center Cemetery

Complaint Dismissed Challenging Islamic Center Cemetery

CREATED Jun 20, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a permit that was issued allowing a Murfreesboro mosque to build a cemetery on its property.

A group of residents filed the suit after Rutherford County officials approved the request from the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

The judge, former state attorney general Paul Summers, tossed out the complaint Thursday, saying proper public notice was given when the cemetery was approved in January. He also said there was no evidence the Board of Zoning Appeals made an incorrect or arbitrary decision when it approved the plan.

Burials at the Islamic cemetery would be without caskets or vaults.

ICM attorney John Green said he was pleased with the ruling.

A lead plaintiff in the case, Bonnie Golczynski, and her attorney, Duncan Cates Cave, declined to say whether they would appeal. The plaintiffs had cited concerns about possible water contamination and traffic problems in their lawsuit.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)