The Knoxville Center of the Deaf celebrated its birthday Saturday afternoon as it turned 40 years old.

Folks from both the deaf and hearing communities were able to celebrate with food, games, a chili cook-off contest and a costume party, just in time for Halloween.


The CEO of KCD, Terry Osborne, was at the event. He's been part of the center since 2012 and has been helping the Knoxville deaf community since working at the University of Tennessee.

"Personally, for me, my parents are deaf," Osborne said. "...It's a very inspiring center. We not only interpret for deaf people. We provide referral services. We help deaf people in need."

More than 200 people were there to celebrate the birthday party.

The center provides sign language classes and interpreters for the community.