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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  • 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 […]

  • Multiple Agencies Responded To Train Derailment In Sequoyah County — Evacuation Order Lifted

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — The evacuation order has been lifted in the area of the train derailment, according to Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford. Most of the rail cars in the crash are LPG (liquid propane gas) Tanker Cars and this is not a “hazardous materials (HAZMAT) situation,” said Rutherford. “We believe it possibly is from water washed out underneath the tracks,” Rutherford said. “We had a lot of rain; over five inches in a lot of places.” […]

  • Portions Of U.S. 64, I-40 Shutdown Due To High Water — Now Open

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY(KFSM) — US-64 and I-40 are now open, according to Muldrow police. Earlier, Interstate 40 west bound and east bound was closed due to high water at mile marker 311 and 318.5, according to a release from Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Also, US-64B was shutdown about 1.5 miles west of Muldrow because of flooding, OHP said. Original story: This is Highway 64,  west of Muldrow. 5News Reporter Jo Ellison was told by officials, “The only way to get to Sallisaw […]

  • Greenwood Police Department Raises Enough Money For New K-9 Officer

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — The Greenwood Police Department raised enough money to purchase and house a new K-9 Officer, according to Police Chief Will Dawson. Former K-9 Officer Kina was officially retired by the city council on July 10, 2017. She was placed in the care of her handler, Dennis Wisner. Since then, the department had a goal of raising $10,500 to purchase a replacement K-9 from Von Klein Stein Kennel. They received many donations from community members and local establishments, […]