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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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    Photo Gallery: Kids Head Back to School

    Today marks the first day of school for thousands of kids in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Below is a gallery of all the photos we’ve received so far. If you would like to send in a photo, send it to ipix@kfsm.com with their name, age, and city. If you’re interested in your child being a part of our Bus Stop Forecast, click here.

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    Car Hits Fort Smith Home Following Collision

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – Fort Smith Police responded to an accident at the intersection of 14th Street and Dallas Street Monday(August 18) morning. According to officers on scene, a woman driving a white Ford Mustang failed to yield at a stop sign and t-boned a woman driving a black car. The woman in the white Mustang then hit the house located on 1324 Dallas Street. A family was inside the home at the time of the accident, but no one received […]

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    Ferguson Police Officer Identified in Deadly Shooting

    FERGUSON, Mo. (KFSM) – The Ferguson Police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday (August 9) has been identified as Darren Wilson. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson confirmed the name during a press conference held Friday morning (August 15). Wilson is a 6-year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department, according to Jackson. Brown’s death sparked days of protests which sometimes turned violent. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered The Missouri Highway Patrol to take over security in the city on Thursday […]

  • Students Prepare for Move-In Day at U of A Campuses

    UNIVERSITY of ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Students at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS) campus will start moving into campus housing today (August 14). UAFS Chancellor Dr. Paul B. Beran and First Lady Janice Beran will be on-hand to assist with move-in efforts at the Lion’s Den. Housing officials say the need for volunteers is great, due to the how many students will be on campus. “Over the course of the next three days, more than 450 students will move […]

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    Greenwood Teachers Honored at Annual Banquet

    GREENWOOD(KFSM) – Teachers with the Greenwood School District will be honored tonight (August 14) during the annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet. The all-day event is put on by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.  Thousands of dollars worth of prizes, donated by over 50 different area businesses and sponsors, will be raffled away to teachers. “Considering how many hours they put in as teachers, Everyone needs to be lifted up and appreciated and I think it’s just a great start to a […]

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    Fort Smith Library Hosts “Swap Your Stuff!” Event

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Public Library is hosting an event for teens and children to swap items they no longer need, or want,  today (August 13). The “Swap Your Stuff!” event will allow kids to trade  different items with each other, including books, DVDs, CDs, or games. The library asks those who attend to bring items that are in good condition. “Swap Your Stuff!” will be held in the Youth Services Department of the main library from […]

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    High Levels of Mercury Found in Lake Ouachita Fish

    LAKE OUACHITA, Ark. (KFSM) – The Arkansas Department of Health has issued a fish consumption advisory for Lake Ouachita, due to high levels of mercury found in the lake’s fish. The levels are high enough to cause a risk to human health, according to Dr. Nate Smith, director for the Arkansas Department of Health. Those most at risk include pregnant women, small children, and those who eat fish from the lake on a regular basis. However, officials stress the lake is […]

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    Authorities Search for Escaped Franklin County Inmate

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) –  The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an inmate who walked away from the jail Sunday (August 12) afternoon. Toby Clay Tygart, 52, walked away from the jail around 2:15 p.m., according to Sheriff Anthony Boen. He is described as 6’1, weighing 150 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. Tygart is currently serving a sentence for drug charges. According to Boen, Tygart was a trustee who worked in the kitchen, and did various remodeling projects on the jail. […]

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    Woman Hospitalized in Accident in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A woman was hospitalized after an early morning accident in Fort Smith. Authorities on scene said the accident happened around 1:10 a.m. Friday (Aug. 8). at the intersection of 74th and Rogers. Authorities said the driver t-boned another car at the intersection, which was being driven by Larry Kimbley of Van Buren. His wife, Alaina Kimbley, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, according authorities on scene. The Kimbley’s told 5NEWS they had just left Mercy […]

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    Power Strip Overheats, Badly Damages Fort Smith Home

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A home was badly damaged after it caught fire early Tuesday (July 29) morning in Fort Smith, according to authorities. Battalion Chief Mark Talley with Fort Smith Fire said crews were dispatched to the house at 1200 North 45th Street just before 3 a.m., after neighbors reported seeing heavy smoke in the area. 9-year-old Cyndee Torries said she woke up to the smell of smoke and immediately called 911. “I smelled the smoke and so I went and […]

  • Agencies Come Together to Educate Residents on Watershed Plans

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The City of Fort Smith Utility Department will hold a meeting Tuesday night (July 29) to discuss the management of the Lee Creek watershed. Lance McAvoy, Environmental Quality Manager, asks that anyone who lives, plays, or works in that watershed to attend the meeting. This meeting will help to educate residents on what a watershed is and how it works. McAvoy says keeping the water clean, will keep the cost of drinking water down. “If we can keep our two reservoirs with high […]

  • Fort Smith School Board to Meet with City Leaders

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Board of Directors will meet with the Fort Smith Public Board of Education, and the City of Barling Monday (July 28) as part of a special study session. One of the main topics of the meeting will be the school district’s plans for the future. “We have school issues and we want to make sure that the city leaders in both of these towns are up to speed on what we’re doing,” said Superintendent Benny Gooden, “We […]


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