Mr. Graves is a lifelong resident of Trenton and has been married to his wife Susan for 28 years. He is a 1971 graduate of Peabody High School and a 1973 graduate of The Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern TN. He is a member and associate minister at Souls Harbor United Pentecostal Church in Trenton.
Mr. Graves is currently the Director of the Gibson Co. Emergency Management Agency since July, 2001. Since his appointment as Director Graves has worked closely with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) as well as The Tennessee Dept. of Homeland Security to secure over $3 million dollars in grants for Gibson County. Mr. Graves has also worked through the Federal Emergency Management Agency during and after disasters to secure over $28 million in Federal Reimbursements to Gibson County and the cities of Gibson County for damages that had occurred to infrastructure of roads, streets, highways, and utilities throughout the county.
Mr. Graves has served two terms as President of the West Tennessee Emergency Management Association, and two terms as President of the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee .Mr. Graves was the 2007 recipient of the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee Achievement Award for outstanding service to the Emergency Management community and the citizens of the state of Tennessee. He is currently the Chairman of the legislative committee for the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee.
Mr. Graves was elected to the Trenton City Council in the Nov. 4, 2014 elections