Dickson County Register of Deeds Jackie Farthing has changed her mind and will appeal a chancellor’s ruling in her lawsuit against the county seeking raises for her employees. Farthing filed a notice of appeal Wednesday with the Dickson County Clerk and Master’s office, just two days before the filing deadline. Farthing sued the county in July after the five percent raises she proposed in her budget were not included in the budget draft presented by Mayor Bob Rial. After Chancellor George Sexton ruled in the county’s favor following a half-day trial in February, Farthing said she did not plan an appeal. Sexton’s ruling was filed March 5 and Farthing had 30 days in which she could appeal. As for her change of heart, Farthing said Thursday she decided to appeal not only for her employees, but also for the other elected officials in Dickson County as well as across the state. “This really could set a precedent for officials in all 95 counties,” Farthing said. With her fourth term as register ending next year, Farthing has already announced she will not be seeking re-election after 26 total years with the office. Following testimony from only Farthing and Rial, Sexton said he agrees county employees deserve raises, but would not order them from the bench. County attorney Tim Potter argued that Farthing’s lawsuit did not have merit because it did not meet the specific requirements that she prove her office was not funded enough to adequately perform its duties. Farthing’s attorney Alan Poindexter countered that appeals court rulings have broadened the scope of the statute to allow officials to sue for salary increases and that Dickson County has not given its employees raises in almost five years. Farthing also conceded Thursday that a part of the decision to appeal is based on the county’s refusal to pay her over $4,000 in legal costs, which she says the county is obligated to pay by statute, even though Sexton ordered both sides to pay their own costs. Farthing said her attorney has told her it could take a year or more before the three-judge Tennessee Court of Appeals hears her case.