On May 2, 2005 the Chattanoogan reported, "a building proposal for an Islamic mosque is stirring up heated debate in Whitfield County, Georgia. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing Monday night. The Dalton Islamic Center has been in town since 1992, and it wants to expand from its current location on McAfee Street to an available tract of land on Dug Gap Road. But many residents don't want the mosque in their neighborhood, and they came out in droves to let the county leaders know... According to the Islamic center, its outgrown its McAfee Street facility, and it's found an 11-acre track of land on Dug Gap Road where it can build a larger community mosque. LaQuita Brewster often visits family on that road and says the idea of an Islamic center next door is unsettling."