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Priceless Vol 12 Number 12


Opinion: Omarosa is not your dog, Trump!


Page 11 Ribbon Cutting:


Hampton middle school nixes confederate name


Personal and Professional Empowerment www.hamptonroadsmessenger.com


What I learned about Steph Curry on the golf course


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Free September 2018 Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006


Museum conference at Hampton University


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R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the Queen: Remembering Aretha Franklin


Publicity photo of Aretha Franklin from Billboard, February 17, 1968 (left). Aretha Franklin sings My Country Tis of Thee at the US Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, DC on January 20, 2009 (right). Photo by Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force.


Cesar Tarrant Middle School celebrates new name with ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo courtesy of the City of Hampton


BY HAMPTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS administrators,


School Board members, City


Council members, staff, and community members gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Tarrant Middle School on Wednesday, August 22, to celebrate the renaming of the school. Principal Violet Whiteman, vice mayor Jimmy Gray, School Board Chair Ann Cherry, and Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith gave remarks.


The School Board made


the decision to change the name from Jefferson Davis


Middle School to Cesar Tarrant Middle School on January 24, 2018, after a request and public support from citizens to do so.


“Today marks a new


beginning and we are excited about a new school year under our new name, Cesar Tarrant Middle School,” said Whiteman. “As a river pilot, Cesar Tarrant guided ships in and out of Tidewater coastal areas. Within the wall of this building, like Cesar Tarrant, our students and staff will guide the way as we Move Forward in NEW NAME PAGE 6


This Edition’s Highlights


Health Editorial Education


Oral health is key for Seniors What I learned about Steph Curry


Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


Scholarship at Thurgood Marshall College Fund September: National Preparedness Month


3-D Printing in Virginia Beach JKCF offers up to $40,000 to transfer


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BY HRM STAFF From the first note, there is never any


doubt whose voice you’re hearing. No matter the song, whether a standard or one written expressly for her, she made it her own. Quincy Jones’ heartfelt Instagram post says it all:


“From the time that Dinah Washington


first told me that Aretha was the “next one” when she was 12-years old, until the present


day, Aretha Franklin set the bar upon which every female singer has been & will be measured. And she did it with the profes- sionalism, class, grace, & humility that only a true Queen could. I treasured every moment that we spent together from working in the recording studio, to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or simply hangin’ in the kitchen, & I will miss her dearly. RIP


ARETHA FRANKLIN PAGE 15


SBA announces decrease in Surety Bond Guarantee fees


BY SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


The U.S. Small Business Administration announces the first fee decrease in Surety Bond Guarantees in 12 years. The fee decrease will be in effect for guaranteed bonds approved during fiscal year 2019, taking effect October 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019.


The Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG)


program is reducing the Surety fee from 26 percent to 20 percent of the bond premium charged to the small businesses and reducing its contractor fee from $7.29 per thousand dollars of the contract amount to $6.00 per thousand dollars of the contract amount. "Reducing the SBG program fees will not only directly help small businesses, but also will incentivize surety companies and their agents


to increase support for small businesses in the marketplace," said Peter C. Gibbs, Acting Director of the Office of Surety Guarantees. Under its SBG program, the SBA guarantees bid, payment and performance bonds for small and emerging contractors who cannot obtain surety bonds through regular commercial channels. SBA guarantees contracts up to $10 million, including the streamlined QuickApp application for those up to $400,000.


"This is great news for America's


entrepreneurs," said SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian. "Incentivizing sureties to provide bonding for small contractors improves access to contracts, which are often make-or-break opportunities in the life of a business." Currently, there are 34 participating sureties and over 350 active agents in the SBG program. On average, completed surety bond applications are reviewed and processed in less than two days. The program is currently outperforming its previous year results yielding 27,000 jobs supported, 3,000 final bonds, and $1.7 billion in final bond contract amounts in fiscal year 2018.


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