Muslim group says Coffee County meeting was 'hijacked'

photo Remziya Suleyman, left, and Drost Kokoye listen to a Muslim guest speak in the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center Tuesday during a meeting called "Public Discourse in a Diverse Society" in Manchester, Tenn.

Middle Tennessee got socked by outside instigators who "hijacked" a public meeting last week, turning what was meant to be a step toward harmony into something more akin to a KKK rally, according to a member of the Muslim panel that sponsored the event.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian and representatives of the American Muslim Advisory Council faced a barrage of hostile comments Tuesday in Manchester, Tenn. Dorothy Zwayyed, East Tennessee coordinator for AMAC, said they were mostly out-of-towners who derailed an assembly of fellowship and learning.