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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    Improvements Coming to School District After Millage Vote

    VAN BUREN(KFSM) – Old buses, buildings in need of repairs, and outdated technology lead the Van Buren School District to ask their community for help this school year. On Tuesday (Sept. 20), voters approved a one-time restructuring of four existing bonds for the district, which will provide $8 million to fix all that is needed. The money will also go towards a new school. “We have a new school that we’re going to build, an elementary school on the north […]

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    Scott County Sheriff Identifies Suspect, Victim In Death Investigation

    SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) — The Scott County Sheriff’s Office released the identities of the victim and suspect involved in a deadly altercation over the weekend. The sheriff’s office said Jeffery Newell, 36, killed Hugh “Hoot” Strozier, 38, Sunday night (Sept. 18). Deputies responded to a house in the Nella community around 7:30 p.m. where they found Strozier dead from what appeared to be a stabbing, according to the sheriff’s office. Three children were also present at Newell’s home where the altercation […]

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    Former Maggie House Employee Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Child

    CHARLESTON (KFSM) — A former employee of the Maggie House was arrested Monday (Sept. 19), accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a child living there, according to court documents. Ethan Wayne Riley, 25,  of Fort Smith was booked into the Sebastian County Jail, records show. He is facing two charges, one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of sexual indecency with a child, according to documents filed in Franklin County Circuit Court. According to the Sebastian County Jail, […]

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    Driver Not Ticketed For Hitting Paris Children

    PARIS (KFSM) — The driver who hit two children waiting at a bus stop in Paris on Monday (Sept.12) will not be ticketed, according to Corporal Tony Howard with the Paris Police Department. According to Howard, it was an accident because the sun that morning was too bright that the driver could not see the children. The two children are currently recovering at Little Rock Children’s Hospital, according to Howard. Both suffered broken bones and burns from the accident.

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    Two Children Waiting For School Bus Hit By Car In Paris

    PARIS (KFSM) — Two children are recovering in the hospital after being hit by a car Monday (Sept. 12) morning, according to Cpl. Tony Howard with the Paris Police Department According to Howard, the children were waiting for their school bus on Carr Street. Howard said the sun was so bright that the driver couldn’t see the children in time to stop. A boy, 6, and a girl, 11, were taken to Little Rock Children’s Hospital for treatment, Howard said. […]

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    Pawnee Earthquake Upgraded To Magnitude 5.8

    PAWNEE, Okla. (KFSM) – The U.S. Geological Survey has upgraded Saturday’s (Sept. 3) earthquake to a magnitude 5.8, making it Oklahoma’s largest recorded earthquake in the state’s history. The revision comes after more in-depth analysis of the seismic recordings, according to the USGS. The magnitude was revised after the department further studied the seismic recordings during and after the quake on Saturday. The earthquake was felt throughout the region  just after 7 a.m. on Saturday. Many residents said they felt their house […]

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    One Person Hospitalized in Motorcycle Wreck

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – One person is injured following a motorcycle accident Thursday(August 25) evening, according to Fort Smith Police dispatchers. The accident, involving a black SUV and a motorcycle, took place in the 3000 block of Rogers Avenue. Eyewitnesses said traffic had to be diverted as emergency crews responded to the scene. According to dispatchers, the person riding the motorcycle was taken to the hospital. That person’s condition is unknown. No other injuries were reported.  

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    Grieving Mother Seeks Answers In Son’s Stabbing Death

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) —  A Fort Smith family is searching for answers after their loved one was stabbed to death inside his apartment. “My son Jimmy was a good boy,” Susan Yocum said, “He cared about people, you know? He wasn’t perfect, no one is.” Yocum wants to know what happened to her son, Jimmy Ray Yocum, 22, on June 18. “He was here Friday night, the night before,” she said. “He came by and we sat on the porch […]

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    Two Arrested, One Injured in Johnson County Stabbing

    JOHNSON COUNTY(KFSM)- Two people were arrested Sunday(June 26) night in connection with a stabbing, according to Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones. Jones said deputies responded to a call that a woman had been stabbed at a party on Strawberry Loop. The victim, a 51-year-old female, was taken to a hospital to be treated, according to Jones. Following an investigation, a 38-year-old woman was arrested for aggravated assault and a 41-year-old man was arrested for obstructing governmental operations.  

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    Two People Killed in Springdale Crash Identified

    SPRINGDALE(KFSM) – Two people were killed after a three-car crash on Sunset Avenue Wednesday(May 11) night, according to Lt. Derek Wright with the Springdale Police Department. Thomas Hudson, 40, of Springdale and a female minor were the victims in the crash. They were both riding in the same vehicle, according to Wright. In total, three vehicles were involved. One person in a second vehicle was transported to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time, according to Wright. […]

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    Missing Woman Found By Police in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – A woman who was reported missing in Fort Smith Friday (April 9), has been found safe according to family members. Shannon Huber went missing around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to Fort Smith Police. She was last seen in her car at Discount Tobacco on Rogers Avenue. Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with Fort Smith Police said an investigator was assigned to the case.

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    Developmental Wings Hosts Event to Support Autism Awareness

    In this 5NEWS Sunday Morning segment, Anchor Daren Bobb sits down with Tammy Doty of Developmental Wings and Zumba instructor Maureen McEvoy to talk about an upcoming event in Fort Smith.