just in case anybody else needs to know, tennessee's presidential primary election is february 5. it's too late to register for that one if you're not already, but necessary forms are here if you want to get it taken care of before november creeps up.
and, while the site for the state division of elections wasn't particularly helpful, knox county explains it all. in tennessee, you can walk into a primary and pick a party, no need to be a card-carrying member. (that was what i set out looking for -- i'm registered as independent!)
not sure that i will vote in the primary; i haven't done my homework yet enough to care very strongly based on issues, and pitting oprah vs. bill clinton hasn't tipped me towards one candidate.
but it's nice to know i can.