"That's one of the secrets we do have," he said, adding that the fact that he lives in Fannin has no bearing on the Adopt-a Highway application. "It doesn't matter where we live, it's irrelevant to the case."
But it's not irrelevant to some in Union County.
"We don't know why they picked Union County," said Union County Commissioner Lamar Paris, a native of the county and the top elected official for a dozen years. "They could have easily chosen the last mile of Fannin County as opposed to the first mile in Union County."
Paris said he was "not aware of any members of the KKK now or in the past being from the county."
Debbie Seagraves, executive director for the ACLU of Georgia, said she was "not sure it is an issue" where Hanson lives.
"It has not been a matter of discussion as far as I am concerned," she said, confirming that her group would assist the Klan in what it considers a First Amendment case.
A likely precedent was established in 2005 when a federal court ruled that Missouri had no right to ban the KKK from the Adopt-a-Highway program based on the Klan's political beliefs.
Seagraves declined to discuss the case in detail.
"Yes, we are representing them, but we are still working on the strategy," she said Tuesday afternoon.
Seagraves said the Klan reached out to her organization last week after the DOT struck down its application to participate in the statewide highway cleanup program.
In rejecting the Klan, which has a history of violence against blacks and minority groups, DOT said the highway cleanup program was open only to "civic-minded organization in good standing."
Paris said the Klan's help is definitely not wanted. "We have a great county and a good infrastructure," he said. "We don't need a controversy from a group who is claiming to want to pick up our trash. We are fully capable of picking up our own trash."