Dillan and Cassidy Mills are the proud parents of Selene Maria Rose Mills, who was the first baby to be born in the county for 2021.

According to Dillan Mills, he and his wife did not expect their daughter to be the first baby born in the county for the new year.

“It actually surprised us, we didn’t expect it at all,” Dillan said. “The nurse came in and told us and we thought ‘that’s cool.’ We are pretty excited.”

The family is from Loudon and gave birth to their daughter at the Sweetwater Hospital on Jan. 4.

Selene was born healthy and came in 8 pounds and 8.4 ounces.

“We wanted to do unique names, so with our first child we named her Kaia and we wanted to pick something that wasn’t heard often,” Dillan said. “We were looking at names and we found Selene and we liked that one. Our first child, her name means ‘water goddess’ in Native American and we found that Selene means ‘moon goddess’ and we liked it.”

Dillan Mills was a resident of Madisonville before moving to Loudon. His wife had lived in Loudon for most of her life, according to Dillan.

“She and I met because we worked in the same shopping center,” Dillan recalled. “I was working at Little Ceasars and she was working at Food City.”

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