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Klan Highway: Is the KKK now a litter bug club?

Klan Highway. The Ku Klux Klan wants to join Georgia's 'Adopt-A-Highway' program. Does the Constitution support the KKK bid for a 'Klan Hiwghay'?

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Klan Highway? From left, Knighthawk April Hanson and her husband Harley Hanson, members of the International Keystone Knights Realm of Georgia, perform a traditional Klan salute along Route 515 where they want to put up a sign and do litter removal near Blairsville, Ga.

(AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

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 A Ku Klux Klan group is trying to join Georgia's "Adopt-A-Highway" program to clean up litter on a mile-(1.6-kilometer)long stretch of road, creating a quandary for state officials hesitant to acknowledge a group with a violent, racist past on a roadside sign.

The International Keystone Knights of the KKK applied last month to adopt part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains. The Georgia Department of Transportation is meeting with lawyers from the state Attorney General's Office on Monday to decide how to proceed.

The program enlists volunteers from groups and companies to pick up trash. Each group that volunteers is named on a sign along the road it adopts.

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April Chambers, the KKK group's secretary, said she applied for the program to keep the scenic highway beautiful, not for publicity.

"I live in the mountains and I want to keep them beautiful," Chambers said, adding that tourists frequently litter along the road as they pass through. "We didn't intend on this being big. I don't know why anybody's offended by it."

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