The City Council recently approved a second phase of online crime-fighting tools.

A minister who routinely addresses the City Council during council regular meetings took to the speaker's podium during the May 9 council regular meeting to comment about the recent gun-related violence in Rocky Mount and about the council's emergency meeting May 7.

The Rev. Nehemiah Smith Jr., who was one of 18 speakers to address the council May 9, asked for someone to explain what a symbolic state of emergency is. Smith was referring to the outcome of the emergency meeting being a symbolic-in-nature declaration of a "State of Emergency Against Crime" in the city.