By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – For the second time in a little more than two weeks, the doors of the Microtel Inn & Suites on North Gloster Street are closed.
But this time, there’s been no explanation.
A Tupelo police officer on Friday responded to a call about 3 p.m. at the hotel, which had emptied its parking lot save for two employees’ vehicles.
The employees declined to comment, but a woman behind the desk in the lobby told the officer that she was filing a report that the hotel was closing.
On July 20, the hotel chained its doors. Hotel employees gave several explanations for the closure, including a gas leak and remodeling work.
The hotel opened the next day.
Earlier this week, Johnny Timmons, the director of Tupelo Water & Light, confirmed the department cut off electricity to the building July 20 because Microtel was a month late paying its bill.
The hotel paid the outstanding balance and electricity was restored.
Calls to hotel owner David Graham went unanswered. The company’s website also was down.
Last year, another Tupelo hotel owned by Graham, the Quality Inn, was closed. TW&L cut off the utilities to the property.
In addition, the parent companies – owned by Graham – of the two hotels as of Wednesday owed about $382,570 in back taxes for the properties, according to the Lee County Chancery Clerk’s office.