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Rutherford County has spent $343,276 fighting a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs upset that the county approved construction plans for a mosque.

The legal bills will increase again when county government attorneys respond to an appeal request to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We likely will file some form of response within the time period permitted within the coming weeks," said Josh McCreary, an attorney representing the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission.


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