MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) — A lawsuit that seeks to rescind approval for the construction of a Rutherford County mosque will be heard Thursday afternoon in a Murfreesboro courtroom.
The suit was filed on behalf of 17 local residents after the County Planning Commission granted a construction permit for the mosque in May 2010. The plaintiffs tried to make the case a referendum on the growing influence of American Muslims, by presenting evidence at an earlier trial contending that Islam is a not a religion and that Muslims are a threat to their neighbors.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Senate Democrats are expected to introduce a bill this week that will keep interest rates from rising for millions of students with federal loans. Republicans are balking at a tax boost Democrats want to use to pay for it.
Senator Harry Reid unveiled the nearly $6 billion proposal yesterday after it was endorsed by both President Barack Obama and GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The Murfreesboro Mosque case returns to the Rutherford County Courthouse Wednesday morning.
Plaintiffs are asking Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew to rescind a building permit awarded nearly two years ago by the county for the construction of a new mosque on Veals Road.
Construction is well underway on the Islamic Center’s new facility. Mosque spokesman Saleh Sbenaty gave WMOT a tour of the construction site Monday. The walls and roof are essentially complete and workmen are now starting on the building’s interior.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The Commerce Department released an upbeat Spring 2012 Travel and Tourism Forecast Tuesday morning. The report is good news for Tennessee’s economy.
The federal study predicts a four to five percent increase in the number of foreign travelers visiting the U.S. over the next five years. State Tourism says international travelers are already contributing about $14 billion to Tennessee's economy each year.