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Updated with more information at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2020.

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Carolyn Jackson coaches the Brainerd girls' basketball team during a game against Tyner in February 2013. Jackson led the Lady Panthers to 985 wins during her career, and she also coached volleyball at the school. / Staff photo

Two former high school coaches from the Chattanooga area are part of this year's nine-member TSSAA Hall of Fame class, which was announced Wednesday.

Carolyn Jackson, who taught for 35 years at Brainerd and coached for 40, and Bradley Central athletic director and former wrestling coach Turner Jackson will be among those inducted April 18 in Murfreesboro.

"It is quite an honor to be selected," Carolyn Jackson said. "I've known Turner for many years. We even had a class at UTC together. So to be able to go in with him is pretty special, and getting to follow in the footsteps of people like (former East Ridge coach) Catherine Neely and (former Brainerd boys' basketball coach) Robert High and so many other great coaches from our area is a tremendous honor."

Carolyn Jackson won 985 basketball games — including the 1984 Class AAA state championship — with the Lady Panthers and also coached volleyball for 15 years. She was named the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association's coach of the year 16 times, and Brainerd's gym is named the "Jackson-High Gymnasium" in honor of her and 2000 TSSAA Hall of Fame inductee High.

She has worked as a volleyball official for 29 years and twice received the TSSAA A.F. Bridges Award as an official in that sport. She is also a member of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame and Brainerd High School's athletic hall.

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At the TSSAA wrestling state tournament in February 2005, TSSAA executive director Ronnie Carter, right, talks with former Bradley Central wrestling coach Turner Jackson. / Staff photo

Turner Jackson has been a coach and administrator for 41 years, beginning with a two-year stint as wrestling coach at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe before going to Bradley Central in 1979. During his time at Bradley, he has coached wrestling, track and field, cross country and softball, and for the past 20 years he has been the school's athletic director.

He is also a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as well as the Greater Chattanooga Sports, Bradley County Old Timers and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics halls of fame.

Also being inducted by the TSSAA this year are Bobby Alston, Buck Coatney, Barbara Daush, Shelby Miller, Jeff Morris, Clint Parnell and Marion Wilhoite.

The induction luncheon is at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center and will begin at noon EDT. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, will be available at tssaa.org starting Feb. 10.

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHargis.

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