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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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    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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    Cabela’s To Host Events To Celebrate Archery Classic

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Cabela’s announced plans to celebrate its Archery Classic with guest appearances, seminars, and family activities at its Rogers location on July 26 and 27.  During those days, people who attend can enjoy seminars on topics such as making their own jerky, how to take trophy photos, or women’s archery. There will also be a trail camera photo contest; the winners will receive gift cards. Cabela’s asks customers to join the celebration and to advantage of the sales, all while learning more about archery. […]

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    Two Military Jets Shot Down in Ukraine

    (CNN) — Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said. The pilots ejected, the office said. Information on the conditions of the pilots wasn’t immediately available. An air defense system shot down the jets after the pilots completed a task near Dmytrivka, near the Ukraine-Russia border, the military press office said. Read more at CNN

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    Car Crashes Into Fort Smith Home, Driver Injured

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – One person is injured after driving their car into a house Wednesday (July 23) morning, according to Fort Smith Police. Authorities say it happened around 5:00 a.m. at the home located on 39th street and Park Avenue. No one was inside the home at the time of the incident, but the driver was injured according to authorities on scene. The identity of the driver has not been released. Police have not issued any citations at this time. […]

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    Two Hospitalized After Motorcycles Collide Near Sallisaw

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY, OKLA. (KFSM) – Two men are recovering in the hospital after their motorcycles collided on U.S. Highway 59 near Sallisaw. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident happened Monday night (July 21) around 10:30 p.m. Shawn Chambers, 42, of Muldrow, was taken by ambulance to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith with trunk-internal injuries, troopers said. Craig Silvay, 48, of Fort Smith, was taken by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with arm, leg, head, […]

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    Missing 5-Month-Old Oklahoma Girl Found Safe in Texas

    CASHION, Okla. (KFSM) – An Amber Alert for a 5-month-old girl was cancelled shortly before 2:00 a.m. this morning (July 18) after officers located her in Seminole, Texas, according to the Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office. Olivia Smith was abducted from her home near Cashion, Oklahoma Thursday (July 17) afternoon, according to deputies. The baby’s great-aunt, Cindy Findley, allegedly kidnapped the child from her grandmother’s home, authorities said. Findley and another woman, Jennifer Skousen, then drove away in a grey SUV with Texas tags, according to […]

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    Friday Traffic Updates and Construction Delays

    Northwest Arkansas (KFSM) : Bentonville- Expect delays on East Battlefield Blvd., from E. Central Ave. to Woods Creek Rd. Crews are working to overlay the road. Fayetteville- Armstrong Ave. – Stone Bridge Road will see delays in construction zones while crews widen State Highway 16 from two lanes to four lanes with sidewalks and bike lanes. Traffic signals will be installed at three intersections. Should be complete by early 2015. I-49- Slowdowns expected in Washington County as crews work to widen the […]

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    Thursday Traffic Updates and Construction Delays

    Northwest Arkansas (KFSM) : Fayetteville- Armstrong Ave. – Stone Bridge Road will see delays in construction zones while crews widen State Highway 16 from two lanes to four lanes with sidewalks and bike lanes. Traffic signals will be installed at three intersections. Should be complete by early 2015. I-49- Slowdowns expected in Washington County as crews work to widen the Johnson Mill Blvd. overpass and access ramps on Interstate 49. This project is expected to be completed later this year. Hwy. 112- Spur […]

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