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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Decatur County officials say three employees in the clerk's office have resigned because of their opposition to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage.

County Commissioner David Boroughs told The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/1JD8WS0) that county clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler have resigned.

County Mayor Mike Creasy says the resignations will not be effective until July 14.

Clerks are legally allowed to refuse to perform the marriages, but must issue the licenses.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say preparations have begun to allow thousands of eastern Tennessee residents to return to their homes after a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire.

About 5,000 people within a mile-and-a-half radius of the crash site were evacuated, along with several businesses, Thursday morning in Maryville.

City Manager Greg McClain said Friday morning that officials are working on a plan to lift the evacuation. More details are expected at a news conference at noon Friday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected a request by death row inmates to challenge electrocution as an alternative execution method.

The court Thursday ruled that the challenge is premature since none of the inmates is currently a candidate for death in the electric chair and won't be unless lethal injection is declared unconstitutional or drugs become unavailable.

The court said future execution orders will require the state to give notice of the method of execution, and a challenge to electrocution may occur then.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'd like to see a bipartisan effort by Tennessee lawmakers in finding a solution to extend health care coverage.

Obama visited an elementary school in a northeast Nashville neighborhood on Wednesday where he spoke to about 70 people and reporters about his Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court a week earlier.

The White House had said Obama wasn't going to focus on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's failed plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — All of Tennessee's county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1GMwuQ8 ) reports that all 95 counties in the state are following last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage. Still, some county clerks are refusing to perform those marriages.

Clerks are legally allowed to refuse to perform the marriages, but must issue the licenses.

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