Chainee Bartlett is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree. She is a native Arkansan with a passion for news and popular culture. Chainee joined the morning show staff as a producer in June 2013.

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  • Bomb Threat Investigated At Waldron Tyson Plant

    WALDRON (KFSM) — Scott County Sheriff Randy Shores said a bomb threat was investigated at the Tyson Plant Tuesday (Feb. 20). Shores said an unknown suspect threatened to bomb the Tyson Plant. Deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Waldron Police Department searched the entire plant, and found nothing to support the claim. Worth Sparkman with Tyson also said nothing was found. Sparkman said that third-shift employees of the plant will resume work duties. Duties resumed […]

  • Mansfield City Council To Vote On Mayoral Duties At January Meeting

    MANSFIELD(KFSM) – In a special meeting Thursday(Dec. 28) night, the city council discussed the Mayor’s duties amid the ongoing boil order issue. City council members attempted to transfer Mayor Larry Austin’s powers to recorder and treasurer Becky Walker by unanimously voting to replace the word “Mayor” in the personnel policy handbook to “Recorder/Treasurer”, but Austin vetoed that vote. Austin also vetoed an amendment passed by city council members to meet once a week, instead of once a month. Mansfield City […]

  • Sallisaw Parents Arrested After Three-Week-Old Infant Found Dead

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – Two people were arrested in connection with the death of a three-week-old infant girl Monday (Dec. 18) afternoon, according to Capt. Jeff Murray with Sallisaw Police. The infant’s mother, Bretta Workman, 26, is charged with second-degree murder. The infant’s father, Jacob Henning, 31, is charged with Child Neglect, according to Murray. A release from the Sallisaw Police Department states officers were dispatched to 300 North Cherry Street in reference to an infant who was possibly dead. Police […]

  • Greenwood Teacher Awarded $500 After Being Voted ‘Favorite Teacher’

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – An elementary school teacher in Greenwood was surprised with a big check on Tuesday (Nov. 9). James Perry was voted ‘Favorite Teacher’ for the Greenwood area. Arvest Bank surprised Perry with a check for $500 to be used for his classroom.  For just three months, he has taught third grade math and science at East Pointe Elementary, but before that, he worked for the Fort Smith School District for more than 10 years. Perry, who is also […]

  • Police: Suspect Found After Stabbing Man During Argument

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A man accused of stabbing another during an argument has been arrested. Jason Eric Parker is facing felony first-degree battery in connection with the stabbing that happened Friday (Oct. 27) in the 300 block of North 20th Street, according to Van Buren police. Surveillance video captured the reported stabbing.  It shows a suspect, whom police have identified as Parker, approach the home and knock on  a door before an argument pursues.      

  • One Dead, One Arrested After Wrecks On I-40

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — One man is dead and another is arrested after hitting two vehicles with his van on Interstate 40 just east of Mulberry Monday night (Oct. 23), according to Trooper Ricky Denton with Arkansas State Police Troop H. Troopers said four people were initially injured in the wrecks. Three were taken away by ambulance, and one person had to be taken by medical helicopter, according to Denton. Arkansas State Police said 31-year-old David Thomason of Bradford was […]

  • Multiple Agencies Investigate Deadly Sequoyah County Shooting

    GORE (KFSM) — An investigation is underway following a deadly shooting north of Gore, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane. The victim’s family confirmed to 5NEWS that Bob Shanks, 61, of Salina, Kansas, is the person who was killed. On Saturday (Oct. 14) afternoon, the homeowner at North Highway 100, in Gore, made a 9-1-1 call to the Gore Police Department and told dispatch he shot someone who tried to enter his home. Deputies arrived to the home and […]

  • One Person Dead, Two Critically Injured After Multi-Vehicle Highway 112 In LeFlore County

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – One person is dead and two people are in critical condition after a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 112, according to the LeFlore County emergency manager. The wreck was on the highway between Pocola and Rock Island, according to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. Emergency workers said eight people in total were involved in the crash. 5NEWS has a crew on scene. We will continue to update this story as more details become available.

  • Former Westside School District Treasurer Arrested For Embezzlement

    HARTMAN (KFSM) – The former treasurer for the Johnson County Westside School District was arrested on theft charges in August for embezzling thousands of district funds over a four-year period, according to an arrest affidavit. Brandi Freeman, 33, served as treasurer from January 2008 up until her resignation in March 2017, according to the affidavit. In all, Freeman took unauthorized control of $178,391 which was the property of the school district. She faces five counts of felony theft, according to the […]

  • 35 Years And Counting: Walmart Employees Look Back On Career

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – A local Walmart store is celebrating 35 years of business. Walmart #388 originally opened on Midland Boulevard in 1982, but later moved to its current location just off Kelley Highway at 2100 North 62nd Street. Pat Hampton and Darlene Horn have both been working for walmart on the north side of Fort Smith since the day it opened. “I started out in the old store helping unload the truck, pricing merchandise. I’ve worked in the cash office, I […]

  • Fort Smith Sack Lunch Program To Relocate

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – After 30 years of serving free lunches to people in need at the corner of North 6th and North B Streets in Fort Smith, the Sack Lunch Program will be moving to a new location. On Friday (Sep. 1), the final sack lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. from the familiar door, according to a release from the program. It will then move to it’s new location at 317 North F Street, which will open on […]

  • Crash Destroys Fort Smith Landmark

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A driver was injured and a landmark demolished after a crash around noontime Thursday (Aug. 24), according to Fort Smith police. Police on scene tell 5NEWS it is possible the driver may have fallen asleep or passed out behind the wheel. An eyewitness on scene told police they saw the driver slowly veer off the road before crashing. The driver’s car plowed through the carriage that sat outside Through the Years Antique Mall on Rogers Avenue […]