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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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    Portions of I-40 Narrowed in Sallisaw for Construction Project

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – A five-mile stretch of I-40 in the Sallisaw area will be down to one lane in each direction, according to a release from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The eastbound and westbound lanes between Dwight Mission Rd. and US-59 will be narrowed down to one lane for a pavement rehabilitation project. In June, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded a contract with a $10.4 million base bid to Duit Construction Company, Inc./TTK Construction Company, Inc. of Edmond, the […]

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    Concert Tonight to Benefit Fallen Officers Memorial Fund

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A concert will be held tonight (August 22) in Fort Smith to benefit the Fallen Officers Memorial Fund. The Klocks will take the stage at Neumeier’s Rib Room and Beer Garden tonight and tomorrow (August 23), to raise money for the fund. “It goes to help all officers that are either killed in the line of duty or become ill, or injured seriously,” said Michael McCoy with the Fort Smith Municipal Police Association, “If their family needs help or […]

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    Alma High School Hosts Athletic Symposium

    ALMA (KFSM) –  Alma High School will bring hundreds of students together for a team building event tonight (August 22). 264 student athletes and 30 coaches from 13 different sports will participate in the 2014 Athletic Symposium. During the symposium, students will learn how to better themselves both academically and athletically. “The idea behind this is to really help each one of our athletes develop individually in as many different areas as we can help them develop”, said Assistant Superintendent, […]

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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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