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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  • Benton County Deputy Fired After Drug Arrest

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)– A deputy with the Benton County Sheriff’s office was fired following a drug arrest Friday (Jan. 1), according to Sheriff Kelley Cradduck. Gabriel Cox, 19, received a citation for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop from the Rogers Police Department. He was not booked into the jail. Cradduck held a press conference Sunday, (Jan. 3) at 10 a.m. He said Cox was a jailer at the Benton County […]

  • Eleven More Arkansas Counties Declared Disaster Areas

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Governor Asa Hutchinson added eleven more counties to the list of declared disaster areas on Wednesday (Dec. 30), bringing the total to 32 counties. Twelve counties were declared disaster areas by the governor on Monday (Dec. 28) and nine counties were added on Tuesday (Dec. 29). The declaration states that these counties need supplemental assistance from the state of Arkansas to recover from the damages. The eleven counties are: Bradley Clay Desha Faulkner Greene Johnson Randolph […]

  • OHP Closes Portion of US-64D Due to Flooding

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol have closed a portion of US-64D because of heavy flooding in that area. US-64D from Moffett to Interstate 40 in Sequoyah County is now shutdown to drivers. No word yet on when it will reopen.

  • Crippling Blizzard Follows Deadly Tornadoes in Texas

    TEXAS (CBS NEWS) – At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area and caused substantial damage this weekend, and now Texas is dealing with more extreme weather — a blizzard. It was the latest in a succession of powerful weather events across the country — from heavy snow in New Mexico, west Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle — to flash flooding in parts of the Plains and Midwest. Days of […]

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Heavy Flooding Area-Wide

    Below is a gallery of some of the photos we received from viewers of the flooding where you live. If you have a photo or video you would like to share, send it to Be sure to include your name and location so we may give proper credit.

  • Fort Smith Sanitation Department Director Terminated

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Director of the Fort Smith Sanitation Department, Baridi Nkokheli, has been terminated, according to Mayor Sandy Sanders. A reason for the termination has not been given. Stay with 5NEWS for more on this developing story.

  • Two Hospitalized Following Two-Car Collision In Eureka Springs

    EUREKA SPRINGS (KFSM) – Two people were hospitalized in serious condition following a two-car collision in Eureka Springs Thursday (Dec. 3), according to Eureka Springs Fire Chief Randy Ates. The two cars collided near Anderson’s Propane Tanks on Highway 62 around 6:30 a.m. , according to Ates. Both victims, one in each vehicle, were flown to area hospitals in serious condition with head and limb injuries, Ates said in a release. The Fire Department also wanted to thank local bystanders […]

  • Van Buren Native Celebrates 55 Years In Drag Racing In Oklahoma

    LEXINGTON, Okla. (KWTV) – To many, he’s known as the Dale Earnhardt of Oklahoma. He’s been bringing home the checkered flag for more than five decades. “It’s been in my blood my whole life. It’s fun and games.” Hands of precision, bracing speeds of 140, Drag racer Jim Hale lives an adrenaline-filled life. Jim is 77 and has been racing on the professional NHRA circuit for 55 years. “I had some friends down the road that had a Ford tractor. […]

  • Bentonville Police: Woman Arrested For Attempting To Shoot Husband

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – A woman was arrested Saturday(Sept. 19) for attempted capital murder after she fired a gun at her husband, according to a release from the Bentonville Police Department. Officers responded to a home located at 6201 SW Bear Road in reference to a domestic disturbance, the release states. When they arrived, the officers determined that Cheryl Rusk, 53, had produced a handgun and fired one shot at her husband, Gary Rusk, 63, according to the release. The bullet […]

  • Accident Blocks Portion of Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Two people are hospitalized following a two-car accident that happened 5111 Rogers Avenue, according to Fort Smith Police. According to officers on scene,  a silver car and a black SUV were involved in the wreck. The driver of the silver car was ejected through the windshield, according to police. They were transported to Mercy hospital with injuries, their condition is not known at this time. Police on scene said a passenger in the black SUV was […]

  • Body Of Missing Crawford County Swimmer Found

    RUDY (KFSM) – The body of a 19-year-old Alma man who went missing while swimming near Rudy has been found, according to Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown. Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said Skylar Combs, 19, was swimming at Grotto swimming hole in Rudy, when he went under and never resurfaced Monday afternoon. Combs was found by a civilian volunteer near the low water bridge at the Grotto Swimming Hole, authorities said.

  • IPIX GALLERY: Severe Storms Bring Hail and Lightning to the Area

    Several 5NEWS viewers sent in ipix of severe weather that hit the area on Sunday, April 19. Below is a gallery of some of them. If you would like to send in photos of the weather where you live, send them in to