WASHINGTON, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
                                   May 3, 2005

                           DIRECT GENERAL CORPORATION
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

           Tennessee                     000-50360             62-1564496
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(State or other jurisdiction of  (Commission File Number)    (IRS Employer
        incorporation)                                     Identification No.)

                  1281 Murfreesboro Road
                   Nashville, Tennessee                           37217
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         (Address of principal executive offices)               (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (615) 399-4700

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 5.02  Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors;
           Appointment of Principal Officers.

         On May 3, 2005, the Board of Directors of Direct General Corporation
appointed Tammy R. Adair as President of Direct General Corporation. William C.
Adair, who previously held the post of President, will continue as Direct's
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The Direct Board believes that Ms. Adair's
appointment will support and strengthen the management and leadership of Direct.

         Ms. Adair, 41, joined Direct in 2002 as Executive Vice President. Ms.
Tammy Adair is the daughter of William C. Adair, Jr. and the step-daughter of
Jacqueline C. Adair. Jacqueline C. Adair is a director and Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer of Direct.

         Ms. Adair entered into an employment agreement with Direct in 2003 and
it provides in pertinent part that we will employ her for a period of five years
commencing on August 15, 2003, the closing date of our initial public offering.
We will pay Ms. Adair an annual base salary of at least $200,000, plus a
discretionary bonus as may be determined by the Compensation Committee, in its
sole discretion, based on her performance, our business and financial condition
and operating results achieved.

         We may terminate Ms. Adair's employment for cause, including (a)
failure or refusal to materially perform her duties under the employment
agreement; (b) failure or refusal to follow material lawful directions of the
Board; (c) engaging in any misconduct which materially and demonstrably injures
us; (d) conviction of any felony; or (e) fraudulent or dishonest conduct. In
addition, either party to the employment agreement may terminate the agreement
at any time without cause. Ms. Adair may terminate her agreement for good
reason, including (a) the assignment of any duties inconsistent with her status
as an executive officer; (b) reduction in annual base salary or failure to
include her in any stock option or equity-based benefit plan; (c) relocation of
her principal place of employment to a location more than 50 miles away; or (d)
any material breach by us of our obligations under the employment agreement.
However, if we terminate her agreement other than for cause or if she resigns
for good reason, she will be entitled to continue receiving her salary and
benefits for two years, and all stock options will immediately vest. Ms. Adair
has agreed not to compete with us or solicit our employees for a period of two
years following certain events of termination.

         In 2002, prior to the Company's initial public offering, several of our
subsidiaries paid an aggregate of approximately $1.4 million for various legal
services, to an association of lawyers in which Tammy R. Adair held an ownership
interest at that time. In addition, during 2002, this association of lawyers
collected $4.1 million for us, of which sum it retained $1.4 million. Also,
Direct Administration, Inc., one of our subsidiaries, leased property to this
association of lawyers over the same period for an aggregate of $15,500 in 2002.
Ms. Tammy Adair has not been a member of this association since August 2002, and
she no longer has an ownership interest in the firm. In exchange for her former
ownership interest, her former law firm issued her a promissory note in the
principal amount of approximately $0.4 million, at an annual interest rate of
7.25%. The note was payable in monthly installments, matured in December 2004
and no further payments are payable to Ms. Tammy Adair under the note.

         In 2004, 2003 and 2002, two of our insurance subsidiaries paid
Mid-South Collision, LLC approximately $0.9 million, $0.9 million and $0.8
million, respectively, for automobile body work. Mid-South Collision is owned by
the step-daughter and stepson-in-law of Ms. Tammy Adair.

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

         On May 3, 2005, we issued a press release announcing the appointment of
Tammy R. Adair as our President. A copy of the press release is attached to this
Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

         (c) Exhibits.

                  The following exhibit is filed herewith and made a part

                  Exhibit No.       Description
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                  99       --       Press Release dated May 3, 2005


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date:    May 3, 2005

                                     DIRECT GENERAL CORPORATION

                                     By:  /s/ Ronald F. Wilson      
                                          Ronald F. Wilson