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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  • This Magic Moment: Meteor Spotted At Wedding Reception

    FORT SMITH – A newlywed couple in Fort Smith had their wedding reception crashed by an unexpected guest: a meteor from the Taurid Meteor Shower. Daniel and Ashley Crawford were sharing a dance when a wedding guest, Madison Rhoades, managed to capture the meteor flying past the window behind them. “It was magical”, said Daniel Crawford, “I thought it was really cool that it came in the window right behind us.” Ashley Crawford described it as looking “like a firework”. […]

  • Art Students Wrap Up “Project Drainbow”, A Program Bringing Awareness To Pollution In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – Art students from Northside High School and Southside High School are spending their summer break out in their community. “Project Drainbow” was created by Keep Fort Smith Beautiful and sponsored by local couple Mike and Donna Stec. Through the project the students will be painting murals on 12 storm drains around the city. Students we talked to said the brightly-colored artwork will serve as a reminder to people where the litter they throw on the ground ends […]

  • Police: Fort Smith Man Wanted After Shooting Brother

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)  – Police are searching for a man wanted in a shooting Thursday(June 21) morning in Fort Smith. Marvin Rojas, 26, is believed to be armed and possibly dangerous, according to Sgt. Wendall Sampson. Sampson said during their preliminary investigation they know the shooting started as a domestic dispute. During the dispute police believe Rojas shot his brother in the leg. The victim refused medical treatment and should recover. Rojas then left the scene riding a black and […]

  • Mountainburg Police Raising Money For K9 Officer’s Surgery

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — From his sloppy kisses to his wagging tail, you would never guess K9 Officer Duke had a rough past. “He came from a very difficult background,” said Mountainburg Police Chief Vincent Clamser, “We like to present him to the school kids to show that you can go from a very difficult past where you were abused and tied up in chains, and have a successful future.” For the past year Duke has thrived within the Mountainburg Police […]

  • 4-Year-Old Boy Severely Injured In Dog Attack

    WEST FORK (KFSM) — Matthew Guess, 4, is recovering at Little Rock Children’s Hospital after being attacked by two dogs Thursday (April 6), according to his father, Dustin Guess. Matthew had another surgery Saturday (April 7) morning and additional surgeries will be done to reconstruct his face. Guess tells 5NEWS his son was walking between their home and their landlord’s home near West Fork, when a neighbor’s dogs attacked the boy. Guess said he was outside at the time working […]

  • Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Dead At 76

    (CNN) Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 76. Considered by many to be the world’s greatest living scientist, Hawking was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books including the landmark “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies. Read more here

  • Bomb Threat Investigated At Waldron Tyson Plant

    WALDRON (KFSM) — Scott County Sheriff Randy Shores said a bomb threat was investigated at the Tyson Plant Tuesday (Feb. 20). Shores said an unknown suspect threatened to bomb the Tyson Plant. Deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Waldron Police Department searched the entire plant, and found nothing to support the claim. Worth Sparkman with Tyson also said nothing was found. Sparkman said that third-shift employees of the plant will resume work duties. Duties resumed […]

  • Mansfield City Council To Vote On Mayoral Duties At January Meeting

    MANSFIELD(KFSM) – In a special meeting Thursday(Dec. 28) night, the city council discussed the Mayor’s duties amid the ongoing boil order issue. City council members attempted to transfer Mayor Larry Austin’s powers to recorder and treasurer Becky Walker by unanimously voting to replace the word “Mayor” in the personnel policy handbook to “Recorder/Treasurer”, but Austin vetoed that vote. Austin also vetoed an amendment passed by city council members to meet once a week, instead of once a month. Mansfield City […]

  • Sallisaw Parents Arrested After Three-Week-Old Infant Found Dead

    SALLISAW (KFSM) – Two people were arrested in connection with the death of a three-week-old infant girl Monday (Dec. 18) afternoon, according to Capt. Jeff Murray with Sallisaw Police. The infant’s mother, Bretta Workman, 26, is charged with second-degree murder. The infant’s father, Jacob Henning, 31, is charged with Child Neglect, according to Murray. A release from the Sallisaw Police Department states officers were dispatched to 300 North Cherry Street in reference to an infant who was possibly dead. Police […]

  • Greenwood Teacher Awarded $500 After Being Voted ‘Favorite Teacher’

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – An elementary school teacher in Greenwood was surprised with a big check on Tuesday (Nov. 9). James Perry was voted ‘Favorite Teacher’ for the Greenwood area. Arvest Bank surprised Perry with a check for $500 to be used for his classroom.  For just three months, he has taught third grade math and science at East Pointe Elementary, but before that, he worked for the Fort Smith School District for more than 10 years. Perry, who is also […]

  • Police: Suspect Found After Stabbing Man During Argument

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A man accused of stabbing another during an argument has been arrested. Jason Eric Parker is facing felony first-degree battery in connection with the stabbing that happened Friday (Oct. 27) in the 300 block of North 20th Street, according to Van Buren police. Surveillance video captured the reported stabbing.  It shows a suspect, whom police have identified as Parker, approach the home and knock on  a door before an argument pursues.      

  • One Dead, One Arrested After Wrecks On I-40

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — One man is dead and another is arrested after hitting two vehicles with his van on Interstate 40 just east of Mulberry Monday night (Oct. 23), according to Trooper Ricky Denton with Arkansas State Police Troop H. Troopers said four people were initially injured in the wrecks. Three were taken away by ambulance, and one person had to be taken by medical helicopter, according to Denton. Arkansas State Police said 31-year-old David Thomason of Bradford was […]

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