A judge ruled in June that Rutherford County should be doing more to publicize meetings that might be of particular interest to the public. County officials say they havenâ€™t started doing that yet.
The lawsuit was about whether the county properly approved a mosque just outside the Murfreesboro city limits. The issue hinged on public notice of the planning commission meeting two years ago. A chancery court ruled the gathering violated the Tennessee Open Meetings Act. The only public notice was a few lines in a free newspaper tossed in peopleâ€™s driveways.
The judge said Rutherford County needs to do more to get the word out on issues that might be of interest. Mayor Ernest Burgess says that is a tough threshold to define.
â€śWe have not found a practical way to make that happen yet and that will yet be discussed as we move further into the appeals court situation.â€ť
The appeals are on hold for the moment. A federal judge intervened to make sure the mosque could open. At some point in the future, though, the countyâ€™s attorneys expect to argue against having different levels of public notice for certain meetings.