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.

Recent Articles
  • 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 […]

  • 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.  

  • 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. […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • More Than 2,000 In Washington County Without Power

    WASHINGTON COUNTY(KFSM) – Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) reported 2,409 of its customers were without power Wednesday (March 30), night. It has since been downgraded to 871. SWEPCO serves a total of 50,026 customers in Washington County.  

  • Home Destroyed, Several Damaged After Possible Tornado In Evansville

    EVANSVILLE (KFSM) – At least seven homes were damaged Wednesday (March 23) night as severe storms hit the area, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s office said one of the homes was destroyed by the possible tornado. Some of the damaged homes are located on Ray Road. No one was seriously injured, according to the Sheriff’s office. However, one person did report minor cuts. The American Red Cross has set up an temporary shelter for those who were […]

  • Truck Hits Electric Pole, Causes Traffic Delays In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith Police blocked off a portion of Towson Avenue, following a traffic accident Friday (March 11) morning. Police on scene said a truck ran into two electric poles at the intersection of Jackson and Towson. Police were concerned the poles could fall into the street, which prompted them to redirect traffic. Police redirected traffic to the intersection of Phoenix Avenue and Towson Avenue. The downed power line led to power outages in the area; 176 […]

  • One Person Injured In Large House Fire

    ROGERS (KFSM) – One person was taken to the hospital Thursday night (Feb. 11) with burn injuries following a house fire, according to the Rogers Fire Department. The family living in the home was able to make it out safely, according to dispatchers. Eyewitnesses on scene said at least seven fire engines responded to the scene to get the flames under control, causing two blocks to be shutdown. Crews on scene said the home’s garage was engulfed when they arrived. […]

  • Fundraiser Held For Poteau Teacher Whose Home Burned Down

    POTEAU (KFSM) – Friends and faculty at Poteau Primary School hosted a chili dog dinner, bake sale and silent auction Thursday (Feb. 11) night to benefit LaVette Flynn. Flynn, a teacher at Poteau Primary, lost her home to a fire in January of this year. The school managed to raise $6,404.50 for the Flynn, and she said she cannot believe how many people want to help her family. “It means the world to me,” Flynn said. “I work for an […]

  • Father-Daughter Dance Raises Money for Meal Program

    VAN BUREN(KFSM) – Dozens of fathers and their daughters attended a father-daughter dance at Van Buren High School Thursday (Feb. 11) night. It was more than just a night of fun for the pairs, it was also a chance to raise money for a meal program being organized by the Van Buren School District. All proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit IMPACT, which will provide food to students and their families during school breaks. “It’s a great community, but […]

  • Siloam Springs Gym Owner Arrested For Illegal Steroid Possession

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – The owner of Iron Core Gym was arrested Wednesday (Feb. 10), for possessing illegal steroids, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Cassidy Jay Gunneman, 43, was arrested on a felony charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office. The release states the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division obtained a search warrant for Gunneman, leading to a search […]