NASHVILLE (WSMV) - A big celebration for Habitat for Humanity was held at the Governor's Residence in Nashville on Thursday.

The event marked 40 years and 4,800 new homes built for needy Tennesseans.

Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam welcomed multiple Habitat chapters, dignitaries and volunteers, who were honored for their deep impact on families across the state.

"I'm very proud to say Habitat in Tennessee is the fourth-largest builder of Habitat homes in the nation and number one per capita," said Colleen Dudley, state executive director of Habitat for Humanity.

Haslam said the Habitat chapter in Knoxville was the very first board he ever served on.

Habitat's first chapter served Morgan and Scott counties, which was followed by 44 more affiliates.

"They have to work to get the opportunity to have a home," said Rep. Ryan Wallace, who is a board member. "Their kids see the investment their parents make. It literally changes generations of lives."

News4's Tracy Kornet served as the emcee of the event.

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Tracy Kornet is an award-winning anchor, host and writer. She joined News4 in September 2014.

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