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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  • Hail in Witcherville, sent in by Amanda Moore

    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


    Celebrating National Puppy Day: Where You Can Adopt

    Dog lovers around the world are celebrating National Puppy Day today (March 23). According to the official website, the day was founded by Colleen Paige, celebrity pet and home lifestyle expert. Paige also founded National Dog Day and National Cat Day. The day was founded in an effort to bring awareness to orphaned puppies around the world, to shed light on the horrors of puppy mills, and to encourage people to adopt. There are several animal shelters and humane society […]

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    Both Lanes of I-49 In Crawford County Back Open

    ALMA (KFSM) –  Both south bound lanes of Interstate 49 near mile marker 21 in Alma are back open, this after a overturned semi truck blocked them, according to Arkansas State Police dispatchers. No one was injured in the crash and the cause is unknown. Crews were able to get the scene cleared and traffic is back to normal.  

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    Four Hospitalized After Accident on Highway 71

    FORT SMITH(KFSM)- Four people were taken to the hospital after being involved in a wreck on Highway 71 South Tuesday (Dec. 9), according to Fort Smith Police. The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 71 South and Planters Road around 5:30 p.m., according to police. Authorities on scene said a woman dropped her purse while driving, causing the four-vehicle pileup. She was cited for careless driving, according to police.

  • Fort Smith Man And Woman Killed In Sequoyah County Car Crash

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – A Fort Smith man and woman were killed in a Sequoyah County car crash on Thursday (Nov. 27), police say. Diana Lozano, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and her body will be transferred to the medical examiner’s office in Tulsa, according to a crash report. The incident took place at 3:35 a.m. on East 1120 Road one mile southwest of Roland, the report states. Lozano was riding in a 1996 Nissan […]

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    8-Month-Old Baby Killed in Guthrie Apartment Fire

    GUTHRIE, Okla. – An 8-month-old baby was killed and several people were injured after an apartment complex caught fire in Guthrie, Oklahoma early Wednesday (Nov. 19) morning. According to the Guthrie Fire Department, the people who were injured had to jump from the second floor of the complex to escape the flames. Search crews looked for the infant who was originally unaccounted for. Authorities on scene later confirmed the infant had died. The baby’s name will not be released, according […]

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    Police Arrest Two Suspects In Springdale Armed Robbery

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Police have arrested two suspects wanted in an armed robbery that took place early Friday morning (Nov. 7), according to the Springdale Police Department. Springdale Police received a call about an armed robbery that had taken place shortly after 4:00 a.m. at the White Oak Gas station on Wagon Wheel Road, according to Sgt. Derek Wright. The caller told police that two men came into the store and approached the counter; one of them holding a handgun, […]

  • Holiday Food Drive Helping to Feed Local Families

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) –  Assisted living community, Clarity Pointe, is hosting its first holiday food drive for the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. From November 1-21, community partners will be able to drop off nonperishable food items at Clarity Pointe any time between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. According to a release, the average number of families in Arkansas that are food insecure is 1 in 5. “Thanksgiving and Christmas are […]

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    Friday Traffic Updates and Construction Delays

    Northwest Arkansas (KFSM) : I-49- Nightly lane closures will continue through Friday morning on the southbound lanes of I-49 between Hwy 264 and Wagon Wheel Rd.  The two outside lanes will be closed each night from 8pm-6am. 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– […]

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    Officials Monitoring Patient for Ebola in Oklahoma

    TULSA, Okla. (KFOR) – A patient is being monitored for the Ebola virus in Tulsa County, according to officials with the Tulsa Health Department. The patient, who is currently classified as low-risk,  recently traveled from West Africa. The individual notified health officials Thursday evening that they had developed a fever, according to the Tulsa Health Department. Read more from our Oklahoma City sister station KFOR.

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    Arkansas Lawmakers Working to Raise Teaching Salaries

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Joint Education Committee on Monday finished putting together its recommendations for the state public school budget. One recommendation is increasing the starting salary for teachers. On Monday, the committee voted to raise the minimum teacher salary to $31,000. The recommendations will have to be reviewed by the President Pro-tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House. The Governor’s deadline to finalize the budget is November 13. Read more from our Little Rock Affiliate […]


    Actor LeVar Burton Comes to Fayetteville for Library Event

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Literacy advocate and actor, LeVar Burton, will be at the Fayetteville Public Library tonight for its 10th anniversary celebration. Burton has appeared on several television series, including ROOTS and Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, Burton is best known as the host and producer of the long-running PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow. Tonight, Burton will discuss children’s literacy and education. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event is free to the public. Organizers say seating […]