A trial date has been set for Register of Deeds Jackie Farthing’s lawsuit seeking additional money for raises for employees. Dickson County Chancellor George Sexton has set a Feb. 8 date to hear the suit after judges Robert Burch and Larry Wallace recused themselves. Farthing sued Dickson County and Mayor Bob Rial in July seeking additional money in her budget to give raises to employees in the register’s office. In the lawsuit, Farthing claims she was not given the opportunity to present her budget to the county’s Budget Committee and says salaries in her office should be comparable to pay scales for the same position in other counties. Farthing says she submitted a budget with a five percent salary increase for employees, who have not had a raise in four years. In its response, the county says all department heads were given the opportunity to address the committee and that it is paying its employees a fair wage. Farthing was elected register of deeds in August 1998 after having been a chief deputy for 12 years. She reportedly is not planning on seeking re-election when her current term expires in 2014. Clerk and Master Nancy Miller said the county was considering having a special judge appointed to hear the lawsuit before Sexton agreed to preside over the case and set the Feb. 8 trial date.