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Visitors to Georgia could soon be welcomed to the state by the Ku Klux Klan. A local chapter of the white supremacy group wants to join the state's Adopt-A-Highway program and care for a one-mile stretch of Route 515 near the Georgia-North Carolina border. A sign announcing the group's involvement would be one of the first motorists see upon entering Union County.

Harley Hanson, who claims to hold the title of "exalted cyclops" in the state's KKK, puts a kinder, gentler spin on the group's intentions.

"We're not going to be out there in robes," he tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We just want to clean up the doggone road."

Some state officials are outraged, and want the state's Department of Transportation to deny the KKK's application. But that may not be possible – a similar case in Missouri took place and courts ruled the group had a First Amendment right to join the program.

Georgia officials are meeting today to discuss the application. One strategy they may ponder would not be approving or denying the application – but ending the state's Adopt-A-Highway program all together.

"It is asinine and it is shameful that the state of Georgia would even consider an application from a domestic terrorist group," State Rep. Tyrone Brooks told WSBT-TV.

In addition to displaying the KKK's name on the purple Adopt-A-Highway signage, Union County, Georgia's slogan would also appear above it: "Lakes, mountains, scenic beauty and friendly people."

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