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Post photographer Michael Williamson is traveling across the country covering the economic situation.

Half a Tank: Along Recession Road: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

A Country Song from Nashville

"I don't plan on staying here," John El said from his Tent City campsite. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post NASHVILLE, Tenn.--And yet at times I know indeed, I’ve wanted to give up. But through those struggles I have...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 19, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Into the Wild  
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Souvenirs from Tent City

The back of the rental car the morning after we visited Tent City. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A book with a chewed up spine sits on my motel bed. A homeless songwriter gave it to me,...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 18, 2009; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Behind the Wheel  
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Serving up Soul in Celina

Ollie Page cleans up at the end of the night with his daughter Alexis Page and his girlfriend Janie Russell. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post CELINA, Tenn.--Soul, it seems, comes with or without cornbread at Ollie Page’s restaurant...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 18, 2009; 12:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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Original KFC

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken in Corbin, KY. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post A detour through KY.--We were in the state where it all started and so it only made sense to stop at the very first Kentucky...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 17, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A Coming Storm

Clouds swell across a field along Highway 92 just east of Monticello, KY. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post Outside Monticello, KY.--Michael saw the clouds forming in the distance and warned me we might be in a tornado’s path....

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 17, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Talk from the Lobby and Liars Bench

Scotty's restaurant in Caryville. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post CARYVILLE, Tenn.--Overheard at the Super 8 motel: “He worked at GM for 31 years, and they just cut his last check in half,” an elderly man in the lobby...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 17, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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On Highway 52, Loving Hands, Rings On Layaway

Celina, Tennessee. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post OUTSIDE CELINA, TENN.--Love stories sometimes look like this: An engagement ring on layaway at Walmart. Justin Hamby had been trying to pay off the ring for more than three months when...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 16, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Scene along the Street  
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Job Lost, But Ready To Rumble

Wrestlers "Sgt. Long" and "Bruiser" face off before a crowd of about 100 people in a middle school gym.. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post On the front page of The Post today is a story we did after...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 16, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Enough Coleslaw On Hot Dogs. On To Tennessee.

On the road out of the Virginias. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post Heading away from states that end with “-ginia"--Okay, okay, we get it. We’ve read your comments and I promise we're heading farther afield. You will not...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 15, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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