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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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    Several Hundred Lose Power in Benton County

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – Several hundred people were without power for about an hour in Benton County Friday (Sept. 5) morning, according to the outage map on the Carroll Electric website. 913 people, all near the Beaver Lake area, were affected. The cause for the outages is unknown.      

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    Two Bridges Under Repair in LeFlore County

    LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) –  Construction crews will begin repairing two bridges near the Wister area today (Sept. 2), according to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. For the next six months,  crews will be rebuilding the bridge on Pocahontas Rd. over Caston Creek. Officials say the new bridge will be built using concrete beams and will feature two lanes. Some in the area who live close to the bridge say they are glad repairs are being made, despite the inconvenience. […]


    Springdale Firefighters Train Residents for CERT Progam

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – The Springdale Fire Department will hold an 8-week training course for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program starting Tuesday (Sept. 2) night. An instructor from Benton County will train residents how to respond to emergencies and natural disasters. Those who attend the classes will also learn how to work alongside firefighters if something major were to happen. “On a day-to-day type incident we deal with, we have more than enough equipment and people to handle it,” said […]

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    Lead Singer of 1980’s Rock Band, Survivor, Dead at 63

    (CNN) — Jimi Jamison, who belted out the hits “The Search is Over” and “Burning Heart” for 1980s rock band Survivor, has died. He was 63. “The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison,” the band’s official Facebook page said. “Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends.” Jamison joined the band in 1984 after Survivor scored the No. 1 hit “Eye of the Tiger,” from the […]

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    Police Arrest Van Buren Man After Hours Long Standoff

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – One man has been arrested after authorities say he engaged them in a standoff at a home at 2304 Durango Drive Friday (Aug. 29) morning. Daniel Yates Franklin, 59, was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center and faces charges of first-degree terroristic threatening, aggravated assault and third-degree domestic battery, according to authorities. The call came in Thursday around 11:00 p.m. (Aug. 28) as a possible domestic battery at a home in the Legacy Heights neighborhood, according […]

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    Burning RV Slows Traffic on I-40 Eastbound Near Roland

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – The Roland Fire Department responded to an RV fire on I-40 eastbound Friday ( Aug. 29) around 7:15 a.m. According to authorities, the driver of the RV was headed eastbound between Roland and Dora when the engine caught fire. It then spread to propane tanks on board the vehicle, causing it to become engulfed. One man was inside, however they made it out without any injuries, according to authorities on scene. Traffic was heavily backed up […]

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    Woman Killed, Man Hospitalized in Washington County Accident

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – One woman is dead and a man hospitalized after a crashing their truck Wednesday (Aug. 27) morning, according to Arkansas State Police. Kevin Cain, 40, of Lincoln was driving northbound along Highway 59 entering Washington County, when he veered to the right off into a ditch. Cain then over corrected to the left, crossing both lanes of traffic where he then hit the embankment head on. The truck then caught on fire, according to troopers on […]

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    Poteau Man in Critical Condition After Motorcycle Crash

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – One man is in critical condition after being involved in a motorcycle accident yesterday (August 26) around 6:40 p.m., according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. According to troopers on scene, Raymond Moon, 54, was travelling southbound on US-270 near Red Oak when he failed to yield at a stop sign. Donald Patchin, 56, of Poteau was riding a 1999 Harley Davidson going eastbound, when he collided with Moon’s vehicle. Patchin was transported by helicopter to St. […]

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    Rogers Business Damaged in Overnight Fire

    ROGERS (KFSM) – The Rogers Fire Department is investigating a fire that broke out at the TRG Recycling Facility last night (August 26). The call came in around 11:00 p.m. about a fire on North Arkansas Street, and crews were able to keep the fire from spreading, according to Authorities. Authorities on scene believe the fire started at a conveyer belt. No injuries were reported. Below is a photo of the damage taken from the Rogers Fire Department Facebook page.

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    Former Fort Smith EMS Dispatcher Killed in Collision

    STEPHENS COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – A former Fort Smith EMS dispatcher and a 17-year-old girl were killed in a two-car collision last Saturday (August 23) in Stephens County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Brittany Lemus, 26, of Comanche, Oklahoma was riding in the passenger seat of a Toyota Corolla being driven by a 17-year-old girl. According to troopers on scene, the car was travelling southbound on US-81, just north of Refinery Road, when the driver veered right for an unknown reason. She then overcorrected and crossed the center line, hitting a […]

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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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