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Monday, June 11, 2012 - 6:00am

KKK Wants To Adopt Ga. Highway

Updated: 2 years ago.
State officials could be forced to choose between approving an application from a Ku Klux Klan group to clean up litter on a Union County highway, denying the request and facing a likely legal fight, or ending the state's 23-year-old Adopt-A-Highway program. (Photo Courtesy of Curtis Perry via Flickr.)

A Ku Klux Klan group wants to join Georgia's "Adopt-A-Highway" program for litter removal, which could force state officials to make difficult decisions on the application.

State officials could be forced to choose between approving the request, denying it and facing a likely legal fight, or ending the state's 23-year-old Adopt-A-Highway program. The program features road signs for groups who volunteer to help beautify state highways.

At issue is an application filed by International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County involving a one-mile stretch of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is reviewing the request. State officials plan to meet with lawyers from the state Attorney General's Office on Monday to decide how to proceed.

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