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Whiteville Settles Cross Lawsuit

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

WHITEVILLE, Tenn.-The fight over the constitutionality of religious crosses on city property, such as the water tower in Whiteville has ended.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has settled its lawsuit against the city.

In the agreement, city officials agreed to never replace one arm on the cross on top of the tower. Removing it cost more than $4,000, according to court papers.

The city must also pay $20,000 toward the civil rights group's legal fees.
Mayor James Bellar has also ordered not to place crosses on the public portion of the sidewalk in front of his insurance business.