In a March 13, 2013 photo, a new utility sink is installed in the men's restroom outside the House chamber in the state Capitol in Nashville. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sometimes a mop sink is just a mop sink.
Building managers and legislative staffers have sought to reassure some concerned Tennessee lawmakers that recent renovations at the state Capitol did not install special facilities to support Muslim prayer rituals. The new sink is instead meant to make it easier for custodial staff to fill buckets and clean mops.
Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey said he had been approached by a House and Senate member to inquire about the basin, which replaced a utility sink that had been mounted higher on the wall.
Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro said he had asked about the change after being approached about it by fellow Republican Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma. Ketron said the answer dispelled any potential concerns, while Matheny denied being involved.
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