TV star, local businessman welcome first child

“Young and the Restless” actress Julia Pace Mitchell and her husband, Stephen L. Hightower II, welcomed their first child May 22 at Atrium Medical Center.

Stephen L. Hightower III weighed seven pounds, five ounces and was 21 inches long.

Mitchell, 27, is known for her reoccurring role as Sofia Dupre on the CBS daytime drama “The Young and the Restless,” and guest staring roles on “Cold Case” and “Law and Order.” Hightower serves as Vice President of Strategic Markets for his family’s business, Hightowers Petroleum, the Middletown-based national fuel dealer and carrier.

“Being new parents has brought us closer together,” Mitchell said. “It’s all about teamwork.”

The local powerhouse couple met in February 2011 at an NBA All-Star Weekend event. They married in September 2011 at Lebanon’s Shaker Run Golf Course.

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They currently reside in Middletown and said they plan on raising their son in the area.

“Little Stephen is awesome,” she said. “Being a mom is the greatest role I will ever play.”

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