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From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

The Village Bake Shop, famous for its Thumbprint cookies, has lost its most beloved personality. 

Jo Gilbert, 88, who opened the Bake Shop in 1961 with her husband, passed away on Friday morning. In a Banner profile several years ago, Gilbert said she had no idea the bakery would eventually become a beloved community attraction

Prior to opening the Cleveland location, her husband worked for several years at the Federal Bake Shop. 

The couple eventually owned another local bakery, the Townhouse Bake Shop, before deciding on the current downtown location in the Village Green Shopping Center.

Bobby Taylor of Merchant’s Bank arranged a loan that made the opening possible and for nearly a year the bakery co-existed with Sears Roebuck, the only other tenant in 1961. 

Jo’s daughter, Teresa Gilbert, currently operates the bakery and attributes the location’s success to its core principles put in place by her mother.

Also from The Banner…

The MainStreet Christmas Parade was a beautiful success Saturday evening.

The winners in the float divisions were announced by Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.

They are as follows:

Commercial, Small — Rollin Dog House

Nonprofit — Boys & Girls Clubs of Ocoee Region

Middle School/High School — Bradley Central Skills USA

Elementary/Youth — Boy Scouts Troop 101

Religious — South Cleveland Church of God Royal Rangers

Commercial, Large — Peyton’s

Best of Parade — Hope Center

In news today…

Dr. Russell Dyer, Director of Cleveland City Schools, is excited to announce that Mrs. Autumn O’Bryan, Principal of Cleveland High School, has been named the 2021-2022 Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) East Grand Division Principal of the Year at a ceremony in Nashville on Thursday, December 2, 2021. Mrs. O’Bryan is one of three Grand Division winners in the Tennessee Principal of the Year selection process. The Tennessee Principal of the Year is awarded annually to a school leader for outstanding service in education and exceptional leadership that drives overall improvements in his or her school. To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of one year of experience as a principal and a minimum of three years of experience in public schools. In addition, all nominees must have a proven track record of exceptional gains in student learning.

Mrs. O’Bryan is in her 13th year with Cleveland City Schools and has served for her entire Cleveland City Schools’ career as Principal of Cleveland High School.

Also in news today…

Dr. Russell Dyer, Director of Cleveland City Schools, is thrilled to share that Mr. Hal Taylor, Cleveland City Schools’ Director of Operations, was recently celebrated as one of two finalists for the Tennessee Department of Education’s RISE Award at an event in Nashville on Thursday, December 2, 2021. The RISE Award was created by Congress in 2019 and is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education to honor classified school employees, such as administrative, food and nutrition, health and student service, transportation or custodial staff, who provide exemplary service to students and their communities. In coordination with the Governor’s Office, the Tennessee Department of Education selected the two finalists from a pool of nominees submitted from across the State of Tennessee by local educational agencies, school administrators, professional associations, nonprofits, parents, and community members. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the national honoree and present the individual with an award in the spring.

Mr. Taylor is in his 10th year with Cleveland City Schools and supervises all transportation and maintenance services for the district.