Ho­tel hit by Hur­ri­cane Nate will re­open half of rooms Sun­day

Starkville Daily News - - AROUND TOWN -

BILOXI — A Mis­sis­sippi ho­tel dam­aged by Hur­ri­cane Nate will re­open half its rooms Sun­day.

Mar­gar­i­taville Re­sort Biloxi spokesman Cono Carana tells news out­lets that the storm dam­aged el­e­va­tors and es­ca­la­tors. Ho­tel of­fi­cials es­ti­mate $7.5 mil­lion in dam­age. Carana says two el­e­va­tors will be re­paired, and the ho­tel will re­open 170 rooms. Its restau­rants, rooftop wa­ter park and large en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter also will be open.

Mar­gar­i­taville opened 16 months ago after the re­mod­el­ing and ex­pan­sion of the for­mer Casino Magic Biloxi that had been closed since Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina in 2005.

Neigh­bor­ing casi­nos south of the beach­front U.S. 90 on the east end of Biloxi all re­opened Sun­day after the hur­ri­cane made land­fall.

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BATESVILLE — Firefighters who talked to a se­verely burned Mis­sis­sippi woman say the vic­tim, who later died of her in­juries, told them that some­one named Eric set her on fire.

Sev­eral firefighters tes­ti­fied Tues­day and Wednesday in the trial of Quin­ton Tel­lis in Batesville, Mis­sis­sippi, about 50 miles (80 kilo­me­ters) south of Mem­phis, Ten­nessee.

Tel­lis has pleaded not guilty to cap­i­tal mur­der in the death of the 19-yearold Cham­bers, who au­thor­i­ties said was found with burns on 93 per­cent of her body on Dec. 6, 2014, in Court­land, Mis­sis­sippi. Pros­e­cu­tors say Tel­lis set Cham­bers and her car on fire in a ru­ral back road and left her to die.

The de­fense main­tains that Tel­lis has been falsely ac­cused, and that Cham­bers’ dy­ing state­ment to firefighters shows the killer was some­one else.

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