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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  • 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.

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.  

  • 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 […]