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Yes, you can represent yourself and respond to the complaint filed against you on your own. You just need to be sure that you get your answer filed within the time stated on the summons (usually 20-30 days) and respond to each and every paragraph of the complaint separately.
Most Tenn. courts do not have sample answers or answer forms, so you'll have to come up with this yourself, but you can usually find sample templates online to use as a go-by. Additionally, you may want to file a claim against the other person who forged your signature and seek indemnity and damages for the forgery.
If things get too complicated and you need a lawyer, then you can always hire one.