A Ku Klux Klan chapter wants to spruce up a stretch of roadway in northern Georgia, creating a legal quandary for transportation officials as they consider the white supremacy group's "adopt a highway" application.
Under adopt-a-highway programmes in Georgia and many other states, groups volunteer to pick up rubbish and plant trees. Road signs are typically installed to recognise the organisations' efforts. The Klan has threatened legal action if its application is denied.
Tyrone Brooks, a black legislator from Atlanta, said Georgia's programme limits participation to "civic minded" groups. "When you say that the Ku Klux Klan is now being considered in that category, it stretches the imagination," he said.