One of the biggest standing ovations at Saturday’s Rockdale Police Department Officer of the Year banquet was received by former Justice of the Peace Twila Harris (R). Lt. J. D. Newlin made a special presentation to Harris, who lost her re-election bid by 22 votes in November after 25 years on the job. Newlin praised Harris’s dedication. “She is the most scrupulous person I know,” Newlin said, relating how veteran police officers will even watch their language when Harris is present. (Officer-of-the-year coverage, page 1B).