The Word of Life Family Worship Center is set to open its long-unused building on Sunday, Jan. 11 after years of codes and legal disputes with the City of La Vergne, the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports. A ribbon cutting will be on Sunday.
The church was granted a temporary injunction by Chancellor Howard Wilson on Dec. 30.
Senior Pastor Wellington Johnson Sr. said the congregation is relieved they can occupy the building that was completed in 2013 but lacked final approval from the La Vergne Codes Department because of a utility box placed near the edge of the church’s property.
The city chose not to contest the injunction but did not concede any additional claims in the lawsuit or the city’s counterclaim. The city accused the church of a several charges of fraud, negligent representation and civil conspiracy when it filed its counterclaim in Rutherford County Chancery Court in early 2014.
La Vergne Mayor Dennis Waldron said he planned to attend Sunday’s ribbon cutting and the church service there afterward despite the ongoing court case.
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