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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  • One Person Dead, Two Critically Injured After Multi-Vehicle Highway 112 In LeFlore County

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – One person is dead and two people are in critical condition after a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 112, according to the LeFlore County emergency manager. The wreck was on the highway between Pocola and Rock Island, according to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. Emergency workers said eight people in total were involved in the crash. 5NEWS has a crew on scene. We will continue to update this story as more details become available.

  • Former Westside School District Treasurer Arrested For Embezzlement

    HARTMAN (KFSM) – The former treasurer for the Johnson County Westside School District was arrested on theft charges in August for embezzling thousands of district funds over a four-year period, according to an arrest affidavit. Brandi Freeman, 33, served as treasurer from January 2008 up until her resignation in March 2017, according to the affidavit. In all, Freeman took unauthorized control of $178,391 which was the property of the school district. She faces five counts of felony theft, according to the […]

  • 35 Years And Counting: Walmart Employees Look Back On Career

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – A local Walmart store is celebrating 35 years of business. Walmart #388 originally opened on Midland Boulevard in 1982, but later moved to its current location just off Kelley Highway at 2100 North 62nd Street. Pat Hampton and Darlene Horn have both been working for walmart on the north side of Fort Smith since the day it opened. “I started out in the old store helping unload the truck, pricing merchandise. I’ve worked in the cash office, I […]

  • Fort Smith Sack Lunch Program To Relocate

    FORT SMITH(KFSM) – After 30 years of serving free lunches to people in need at the corner of North 6th and North B Streets in Fort Smith, the Sack Lunch Program will be moving to a new location. On Friday (Sep. 1), the final sack lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. from the familiar door, according to a release from the program. It will then move to it’s new location at 317 North F Street, which will open on […]

  • Crash Destroys Fort Smith Landmark

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A driver was injured and a landmark demolished after a crash around noontime Thursday (Aug. 24), according to Fort Smith police. Police on scene tell 5NEWS it is possible the driver may have fallen asleep or passed out behind the wheel. An eyewitness on scene told police they saw the driver slowly veer off the road before crashing. The driver’s car plowed through the carriage that sat outside Through the Years Antique Mall on Rogers Avenue […]

  • Multiple Agencies Responded To Train Derailment In Sequoyah County — Evacuation Order Lifted

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — The evacuation order has been lifted in the area of the train derailment, according to Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford. Most of the rail cars in the crash are LPG (liquid propane gas) Tanker Cars and this is not a “hazardous materials (HAZMAT) situation,” said Rutherford. “We believe it possibly is from water washed out underneath the tracks,” Rutherford said. “We had a lot of rain; over five inches in a lot of places.” […]

  • Portions Of U.S. 64, I-40 Shutdown Due To High Water — Now Open

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY(KFSM) — US-64 and I-40 are now open, according to Muldrow police. Earlier, Interstate 40 west bound and east bound was closed due to high water at mile marker 311 and 318.5, according to a release from Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Also, US-64B was shutdown about 1.5 miles west of Muldrow because of flooding, OHP said. Original story: This is Highway 64,  west of Muldrow. 5News Reporter Jo Ellison was told by officials, “The only way to get to Sallisaw […]

  • Greenwood Police Department Raises Enough Money For New K-9 Officer

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — The Greenwood Police Department raised enough money to purchase and house a new K-9 Officer, according to Police Chief Will Dawson. Former K-9 Officer Kina was officially retired by the city council on July 10, 2017. She was placed in the care of her handler, Dennis Wisner. Since then, the department had a goal of raising $10,500 to purchase a replacement K-9 from Von Klein Stein Kennel. They received many donations from community members and local establishments, […]

  • One Dead, One Hospitalized in Alma Crash

    ALMA(KFSM) — A man is dead and a woman is in the hospital after being involved in a wreck Thursday (Aug. 10) morning, according to Alma Police Chief Russell White. Alma police were called out to the scene at 9:56 a.m. at the intersection of East Cherry Street and U.S. Highway 64 East. According to White, Delmar Ferrell and his wife, Sherry, were travelling in a pickup truck on East Cherry Street. At the same time, Charles Kindle was driving […]

  • Plan For Animal Shelter In Greenwood Moves Forward

    GREENWOOD(KFSM) — Stray dogs and cats picked up by animal control in the Greenwood area will soon have a shelter to go to. The Greenwood City Council gave approval for Mayor Doug Kinslow to enter into a contract with a private owner to house stay cats and dogs at their facility, according to the Greenwood Police Department. In a post on their Facebook page, the department said, “This is great news and will provide a much needed service”. In years […]

  • Lavaca Community Theatre Brings High School Comedy To Stage

    KFSM(LAVACA)-  The Lavaca Community Theatre celebrated its second annual summer production over the weekend (July 29-July 30). The group, founded by Lavaca drama teacher Mary Rollins and Lavaca alumna Kortney Ricketts, allows community members of all ages to participate. After a successful first year, the group returned for this year’s production of Switching Principals.  The synopsis reads in part, “School spirit has never been lower at Marvin Gardens High School. When a new principal is scheduled to arrive, everyone is hoping […]

  • Oklahoma Forestry Service, Local Fire Departments Battle Wildfire

    LEFLORE COUNTY(KFSM) – The Oklahoma Forestry Service battled a large fire Wednesday (Feb. 8) night in LeFlore County, according to a post on the LeFlore County Emergency Management Facebook page. The fire was located at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain near the Gilmore community, according to the post. The forestry service used both ground and air crews to fight the flames. The Monroe Fire Department and Poteau Fire Department assisted the forestry service, according to this Facebook post. According to […]