The Georgia Department of Transportation will not approve the application of a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan to “adopt” a one-mile stretch of highway in North Georgia, a state official said today.

KKK officials haven’t commented on the decision, but have said in the past, “All we want to do is adopt a highway,” April Chambers, the chapter’s secretary, said Monday. “We’re not doing it for publicity. We’re doing it to keep the mountains beautiful. People throwing trash out on the side of the road … that ain’t right.”

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