T.K. Harty slaying highlights Community Council on Aging fundraiser

A discussion over dinner about an old Athens murder case is the basis for a July fundraising event to benefit the Athens Community Council on Aging.

The dinner is highlighted by an “exclusive panel discussion” of the infamous murder of Athens businessman T.K. Harty.

The slaying revolved around a series of events in 1977 at the current location of the Council on Aging on Hoyt Street. Back in the ’70s, the area was a popular hangout with taverns and restaurants such as The Station, located in the former Southern Railway depot on Hoyt Street.

It was in that colorful decade when young businessman T.K. Harty, owner of T.K. Harty’s Saloon, became what police said was the target of vengeance by another tavern owner, John Mooney of Somebody’s Pizza.

In a series of events, police said Mooney hired a man to kill Harty, a crime carried out in Harty’s home. That hitman along with Mooney were both convicted of murder. However, Mooney escaped a state prison in 1980 and remained a fugitive until his arrest in 1998 following a tip generated by the TV series “Unsolved Mysteries,” which profiled the case.

Mooney was paroled a year ago and now lives near Waycross.

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