Typically, zoning board meetings don't get much of a crowd, but a meeting in Murfreesboro was packed Wednesday night.
At a packed Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, both sides squared off about a possible cemetery at the site of the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
Some were concerned about the traditional Muslim custom where a person is wrapped in garments and buried without a casket.
"If there is not enough soil over them or they are too close to the water table, that ... could create a potential biohazard," said Dan Allen, a Rutherford County resident.
There were also concerns about increased traffic.
"The main concern that the folks over there had was the traffic; it wasn't [the] fact that this was a Muslim institute," said Robert Peay, Rutherford County commissioner.
By the time it was said and done, the board voted to defer the issue, requiring ICM members to conduct a traffic study on the impact of the cemetery and hire a engineer to test the soil to see if the land is suitable for a graveyard.
"We are treated differently, and I'm sorry to say that; this is the 21st century in the United States, and we are still facing discrimination," Saleh Sbnaty said.
Even though no timeframe was set on when the studies will have to be done, a decision will have to be made in about 30 days.
Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
A special ceremony is planned for the Midstate woman who is being credited for helping to save a man's life after a gunman opened fire at an Antioch church in September.More >>
Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 35 points, and 10th-ranked Southern California rallied from a 10-point deficit midway through the second half to a 93-89 overtime victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday night.More >>
Tennessee Tech has fired coach Marcus Satterfield effective immediately after a 6-16 record over two seasons.More >>
Three masked men with firearms duct-taped and held a family at gunpoint on Claiborne Street in Trousdale County Friday night. The attack happened around 8:00 p.m., according to Sheriff Ray Russell withe Hartsville Police.More >>
A Nashville security guard has recently been charged with attempted criminal homicide following an October 15th altercation that ended with one man in a coma. According to the affidavit, Lamar D Clay, 31, a security guard, assaulted and almost killed a victim outside Jazzy's Restaurant and Lounge at 1502 Hampton Street.More >>
Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, has died.More >>
Claire Sheats said her husband had already taken a few sips of his drink when he noticed something strange in the glass.More >>
The family of a 5-year-old boy who died after being crushed in a rotating restaurant atop a downtown Atlanta tower has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant, its owners and staff.More >>
A Murfreesboro neighborhood hopes a resident’s personal surveillance footage will help catch a thief.More >>
Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched.More >>