Thanks to the miracles of modern technology, it's possible to visit a
wealth of historical materials from the comfort of one's keyboard.
As I mentioned, there is a subscription service that is particularly
valuable in this regard. But before subscribing, you should note that
many public libraries have access to online historical archives, and
can make them available to you free of charge. Better yet, the
libraries may be able to offer remote access...that is, you can access
the archives from your home computer!
First things first, though. The service in question is newspaperarchive.com:
I use this extensively as an historical resource; you can read a bit
more about them here:
Note that newspaperarchive.com is offering free access to public
libraries! So if your local library doesn't already have it, you may
want to encourage them to give it a try.
At the main newspaperarchive.com site, I conducted a search on:
smyrna superior court judge hawkins AND range:1938-1939
This search looks for the key words likely to appear in the article,
though you may want to play around with other combinations. The use
of the [ AND range: ] (with the AND in caps, please) restricts the
dates to 1938-39, though again, you may want to play around with other
The search above retrieves a number of articles related to the murder,
subsequent riots and the trial of the rioters. Because the articles
are copyright, I cannot reporduce them here. But I can offer a brief
excerpt from one such article, so you can get a feel for what is
Mob Action is Fast Quelled
There are other newspaper archives besides newspaperarchive.com -- be
sure to check with your librarian to see what's available to you.
I trust this answer provides you the information you were seeking.
But if there's anything more I can do for you, feel free to let me
know, and I'm at your service.