News from State of Georgia
Fire Marshal W. R. Joiner has tendered his resignation to Controller General W. A. Wright, under whose office the Fire Marshal operates. The withdrawal of Marshal Joiner because of ill health ends the career of one of the most picturesque figures of Atlanta. Mr. Joiner is known widely; he served for many years as chief of the Atlanta fire department, also as mayor of Atlanta. As fire marshal he has been a vigorous investigator and prosecutor. Chief Albert Sharpe of the fire department of Rome has been appointed to succeed Marshal Joiner. Chief Sharpe is the youngest fire chief in the state and is extremely popular in Rome, and his removal will be a regret to the entire city. The city commissioners of Rome will probably appoint a new chief at their riext meeting to succeed Chief Sharpe.
Tallulah Falls was recently swept by the worst fire in its history, 19 business houses and several residences being completely destroyed, also a large portion of the high trestle of the Tallulah Falls Railway which runs through the town. The fire was caused by incendiaries. No arrests have been made, but it is said several persons are under surveillance. Tallulah Falls is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is one of the favorite summer resorts of the state. The town has no water works or fire protection of any kind. The total loss was estimated at $75,000.